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Aces and Pirates share the spoils

Posted: 18 March 2014 Time: 18:55

Eddie Ngalo scored a crucial goal to help Mpumalanga Black Aces hold Orlando Pirates to a 1-1 Absa Premiership draw at Mbombela Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The Aces man did well to cancel out Sifiso Myeni’s opening goal in the 23rd minute as both teams had an equal share of opportunities to win the game.

Lennox Bacela was handed a rare start ahead of Kermit Erasmus and Lehlohonolo Majoro for Orlando Pirates, while Aces had to make do without the suspended Mabhuti Khenyeza.

The home side was the first to break into the opposition’s box when Tendai Ndoro tried to round Rooi Mahamutsa and go in on goal, but the ball was cleanly swept away by the Bucs defender.

Pirates’ first effort arrived in the 14th minute when Mpho Makola struck a powerful drive from 15-yards which skimmed the crossbar of Jackson Mabokagwane’s goal.

Just seconds later Khethowakhe Masuku cut in from the right flank and forced a brilliant save from the Aces ‘keeper, seeing him go at full stretch to push the ball away at the far post.

Pirates deservingly took the lead through Sifiso Myeni in the 23rd minute. Lennox Bacela did well to feed his teammate from the right flank and it saw Myeni beat the offside trap to tap home the opening goal. Themba Zwane was booked for protesting the goal as offside, but replays showed the strike was good.

Parity was restored ten minutes later through Zamuxolo Ngalo after Thabo Qalinge latched onto a free-kick and worked his way into the box. The latter sliced through a cross from the byline for Ngalo, who drilled home the equaliser after being left completely unmarked in the box.

Onyekachi Onkonkwo, who used to play for Pirates, ballooned his effort over the posts after the restart, before Bacela showed some great set of skill to feed through a ball to Masuku, but that was ultimately cleared.

It should have been 2-1 to Aces just before the hour mark when Okonkwo thread a pass through to Abia Nale, but he disappointingly failed to finish with his favoured left foot.

With 20 minutes to spare, substitute Kermit Erasmus attempted to score the match-winning strike with a thunderous shot form 30-yards out, but the ‘keeper made a good save.

The only real urgency in closing stages of the game came in the shape of a Pirates header which was cleared off the line by Sandile Zuke, as neither team could find a match-winning strike.

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-03-18 17:28:42

fortune_ COWloba  

Myeni is surrounded by COWs

Mdes da Super_Villain
posted: 2014-03-18 17:29:26

Lol VV nd Majoro will neva get along...!!! 

Donald Duck
posted: 2014-03-18 17:30:16

Don't shoot the messenger hehehe, I am just saying what I see mos. 4 strikers and Major on the bench as usual just like last season

Think Tank Mogolo
posted: 2014-03-18 17:30:19

Nipsy Think Tank Mogolo a striker needs to plat consistently in order to gain confidence as well establish some understanding with his middle fielders you moron.

posted: 2014-03-18 17:30:51

Eishhhh Ja nhe. .....

Think Tank Mogolo
posted: 2014-03-18 17:31:29

Nipsy fortune_ COWloba he is a cow himself

posted: 2014-03-18 17:32:05

Guys we can talk, lough and tease but @ the end of the day we are not coaches and vv will make his own decisions, period.

Think Tank Mogolo
posted: 2014-03-18 17:32:48

Mtizo01 what the hell is this? You must shut up if you have nothing to post you moron

Think Tank Mogolo
posted: 2014-03-18 17:33:40

dmmu002 true but that does not mean we cannot comment on the stupid lineup

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-03-18 17:33:55

Can't believe Meyiwa is still in the posts

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-03-18 17:34:40


posted: 2014-03-18 17:34:41

Majoro will forever be a bench warmer until he retires. I mean how can one be stressed for being benched because of Parker, Musona and Nkhata and prefer to be benched because of Bacela, Pelembe and company!!! Hai

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-03-18 17:35:17

Why do u think vv is playing majoro already

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-03-18 17:35:46

Like mabena

posted: 2014-03-18 17:35:51

Baxter plz sign themba zwane!!! Clive barker rates him highly and we need a right winger or bhongolethu jajiya

posted: 2014-03-18 17:36:31

Only at Mooiver!!!

posted: 2014-03-18 17:40:00

LOOOOOL, operating frustrate the midgets is in full swing at Mooiver

posted: 2014-03-18 17:40:14

i think Major must be given a chance to prove himself, because our strikers are not up for scoring

posted: 2014-03-18 17:43:21


Think is not enough, it's VV who call shots at mooiver

Jazz jnr
posted: 2014-03-18 17:46:03

I think Mabena is beta dan Bacela even though Mabena stil needs game time

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