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Moroka Swallows vs Orlando Pirates PSL

Posted: 12 March 2014 Time: 18:50

Vladimir Vermezovic got his Orlando Pirates tenure off to a winning start with a 1-0 victory against Moroka Swallows at Dobsonville Stadium on Wednesday night.

Kermit Erasmus scored the only goal early on in a game the Buccaneers dominated, though the Birds almost equalized late on but for some Senzo Meyiwa heroics.

Vermezovic opted to start new signing Lehlohonolo Majoro on the bench and gave a rare start to Tlou Segolela.

Erasmus had almost given Bucs the lead on five minutes when he latched onto Thabo Matlaba’s pass, but his powerful drive cannoned back off the woodwork.

However, he had his goal four minutes later, and again Matlaba was involved. His sweeping pass across the field found Segolela, and he in turn laid off a pass to Erasmus, who shot from the edge of the area and beat Greg Etafia.

Pirates were dominating the early exchanges and came close again two minutes later when Helder Pelembe beat a defender to Ntsikelelo Nyauza’s cross, but his header went wide.

Bucs continued to have the better of the game and found themselves on the receiving end of some robust challenges, but could not create any other clear-cut chances before halftime.

Instead, it was Swallows who came closest four minutes from the break, but Lerato Chabangu’s free-kick went just over.

Pirates almost had a second goal straight after the break when Helder Pelembe was given too much space on the edge of the area, but his left-footed shot skimmed the outside of the upright.

Substitute Edward Manqele almost scored with his first touch when he shot from the edge of the area, but the ball hit the side-netting.

Majoro finally made his long-awaited debut with 20 minutes to go, and he should have been celebrating with his teammates when the ball fell at Ayanda Gcaba’s feet right in front of goal from a corner-kick, but the defender fired wide.

With one eye on Saturday’s Derby against Kaizer Chiefs, Pirates took their foot off the gas in the latter stages - and they were almost made to pay for it.

Siyabonga Nomvete hit the upright from Tshwarelo Bereng’s cross with three minutes to go, before Senzo Meyiwa pulled off two world-class saves – first to deny Nomvete before bravely saving at Larry Cohen’s feet in the dying seconds.

The victory sees Pirates up to fourth place, while Swallows make it seven matches without a victory and lip down to 11th.

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Livefyre comments on this story...

bucs4PG
posted: 2014-03-12 19:45:39

I nid 3 points on d weekend done nd I thnk stars showed us hw easy to get dt 3 points

Click_
posted: 2014-03-12 19:46:10

What? Was this game even televised? If so.. Where? Bay TV?

Andres 84
posted: 2014-03-12 19:46:27

Still wondering what happened to "no team will ever beat us"......

tebello
posted: 2014-03-12 19:47:17

Senzo neh well done boy

qinisuk
posted: 2014-03-12 19:48:08

Mosixty  now like being on a back foot what a hypocrite.

Matt/ Baby_Cute_Bhakhaniya
posted: 2014-03-12 19:49:05

Mosixty Unamanga! Uswabile lapho ukhona because a loss on Saturday means you take 6 steps back after you took three steps back tonight; thereby leaving us seven steps behind you. Asazi when you meet Sundowns since Pitso was kindly advised to shut up and do his talking on the field of play. Hahahaha! I fear for nina manje because like the old adage goes, killers move in silence. Perhaps the word "kill" is too much for endangered species like Zebras, but "slaying" is even harsher and "silence" is undemocratic. Hahahahaha!


Maybe you can help me with a more decent word. Sengizozwa ngawe ke ndoda....


Up The Bucs...

qinisuk
posted: 2014-03-12 19:49:11

Well done to Senzo

Beezy Buccaneer
posted: 2014-03-12 19:50:03

Well we'll take the win but I see lack of hunger from my team. Myeni's form has drastically dropped. 

qinisuk
posted: 2014-03-12 19:51:19

Beezy Buccaneer  I echo same sentiments Beezy our team lacks firepower.

Longaneng
posted: 2014-03-12 19:53:20

Dear SAPOTAS,


Please tell me how you often cope with this feeling of losing games every other week??


My team has lost tonight and i had already forgotten how it feels to lose a game...Phela the last time was when Madiba was as fit as a fiddle!!


Give a neighbour some advice please...how do you USUALLY kill this pain??


Gold, Bold, Glamour!!!  

Andres 84
posted: 2014-03-12 19:53:35

@qinisuk....just this afternoon they were the PSL kings who will "never" loose against any team and how they where going to silence Freese now they enjoy being on the back foot. Bunch of hypocrites indeed.

Bucs4eva Phindamzala
posted: 2014-03-12 19:57:12

Thanks Senzo

tebogot
posted: 2014-03-12 19:57:15

"I know chiefs fans will boo me on Saturday"...who said uzongena wena major?

La Coste (Khosi by Birth)
posted: 2014-03-12 19:58:12

Supersport 9

Think Tank Mogolo
posted: 2014-03-12 19:58:19

I defended sox this morning but hey the guy is disappointing. giving the ball away under no pressure

Think Tank Mogolo
posted: 2014-03-12 19:59:17

tebogot shut up. who the hell do you think you r

braachris
posted: 2014-03-12 19:59:56

GIVE THT MAN BELLS

Mosixty
posted: 2014-03-12 19:59:57

  deep down in your heart you know that a wounded Chiefs is more dangerous than a raging wolf

Longaneng
posted: 2014-03-12 20:00:05

Andres 84  Andria or Andries - you read the statement out of a rodent context..


Let me come down to your level ...the level where i almost kneel down and peek through your rat hole.


No team will ever beat us to the league in 2013/14 season! 

mdmasiza2
posted: 2014-03-12 20:00:20

Click_The_Glamour SS4 AND SS4HD

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