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Posted: 29 March 2014 Time: 17:16

Orlando Pirates moved back up to fourth place on the Absa Premiership log as they edged Moroka Swallows 1-0 at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Dube Birds squandered chance after chance in the second half as Tlou Segolela’s first half strike remained the separating factor between the two teams. 

Vladimir Vermezovic was marking his first appearance at Orlando Stadium since taking over the coaching role at the club earlier this month, and it was also his second Soweto derby encounter. 

The first half chance of the fixture fell to Pirates when Mpho Makola looped a ball to Sifiso Myeni inside the box on eight minutes. The striker burst into the area but was brilliantly closed down by Greg Etafia. 

Pirates deservingly took the lead four minutes later when Etafia palmed away Thabo Matlaba’s shot. It only got as far as Segolela, who was waiting at the back post, and he headed it into the back of an empty net.

Swallows’ first chance of the fixture arrived in the 21st minute  in which Senzo Meyiwa was forced to make a save from Siyabonga Nomvethe. The rebounded effort by Felix Obada was then scrambled away in a mix-up between defender and goalkeeper. 

Then, on the stroke of the half hour, Rudi Isaacs did well to get above Lucky Lekgwathi and head a corner kick but it failed to hit the target - going high and wide. 

The Dube Birds were enjoying a good share of attacking possession and they were awarded a free-kick on 34 minutes, but Lerato Chabangu saw his strike sail narrowly over the crossbar. 

Bucs made a change at the restart, as Lennox Bacela came off and was replaced by Helder Pelembe, while Obada was the first to crack a whip at goal with a powerful effort that sailed past the far post.

Matlaba failed to test Etafia with his stinging snapshot on 50 minutes from the edge of the area and so did Myeni, as his shot lacked any form of power to worry the shot-stopper. 

The tempo of the encounter took a sudden drop and, as a result, allowed for the Dube Birds to try take control of the encounter. 

The Buccaneers were living life dangerously with just a quarter of an hour left and Meyiwa beat away Nomvethe’s header from a throw-in. Vuysile Wana tried to follow up with the rebound but it was pushed out for a corner. 

Zeca Marques was lucky to see his team see out the game with 11 men after after Levi Mokgothu was shown a yellow card for a crunching tackle on Happy Jele with 10 minutes to go.

Livefyre comments on this story...

K bhaka
posted: 2014-03-29 16:15:47

While you busy talking too much,we are 1-0 up

Fanstics Rhino
posted: 2014-03-29 16:20:26

Can I Ask? Majoro is Stlill Working at Mayfair? Love & Peace. 

Bucs4eva Phindamzala
posted: 2014-03-29 16:25:50

Bobby tried to destroy Major... he will come back... he is working on his fitness thats it njandini

Ganyani AMPLIFIED(BucsBack2theTop )
posted: 2014-03-29 16:32:51

He is on family leaf

Ganyani AMPLIFIED(BucsBack2theTop )
posted: 2014-03-29 16:38:11

leave

Can Do
posted: 2014-03-29 16:45:55

Major needs to shed weight and get fit to deserve a place in the squad. So glad VV saved the day by insisting to bring back Tlou into the game, unlike some idiot in that technical team who r hell bent on destroying Tlou. Just can't wait for VV to take this ineffective Myeni out of the starting line up. Klate needs to come back.

Ramspt
posted: 2014-03-29 16:51:51

Some1 heip me pls I'm lost cos I was thinking Mr I know it all Majoro playing 4 pirates but I don't c him in the starting line n even in the bench, pls someone tell me witch team he play for

Ramspt
posted: 2014-03-29 16:56:52

I'm a khosi 4 life but pleading to boby to realize majoro. Lmao,he want a game time,the previous he told VV that he have bolls n now he must have bolls to tell him he want a game time as he did to mr Baxter

Bucs4eva Phindamzala
posted: 2014-03-29 17:56:03

Bucs ke boss

bucs4PG
posted: 2014-03-29 17:56:14

Done

PhiweKhoza
posted: 2014-03-29 18:02:52

What position does the so called boss occupy in the log?

EnterDaDragon
posted: 2014-03-29 18:06:48

Pick a number maBebeza

mdmasiza2
posted: 2014-03-29 18:07:48

PhiweKhoza WORRY ABOUT UR TEAM DAT IS NT ON THE VERGE OF QUALIFYING

MakhanyaBucksMbangcolo
posted: 2014-03-29 18:12:53

Well done boys keep it up

Membaks
posted: 2014-03-29 18:16:04

Biggie biggie maak meer, mathambo hlanganani.

Maluza
posted: 2014-03-29 18:22:21

PhiweKhoza  


What is a chimpanzee doing on this blog.... r u not supposed to be at FNB booing Mubele?

shihambahamba mboweni
posted: 2014-03-29 18:24:52

V.V is continuing with the 1 striker approach,it seems like Tinkler is still in charge of the team selection.This defensive play is taking us nowhere. Players like Major, DK7 and PP must be given a chance.

Bucs4Champion
posted: 2014-03-29 18:44:12

Slowly but surely getting there bhakajuju we rebuilding for next season. This season is about getting the combinations right. Up the bucs.

KhethiweSikhakhane
posted: 2014-03-29 18:47:14

PhiweKhoza  POSITION MIND UR OWN BUSINESS



La Coste (Khosi by Birth)
posted: 2014-03-29 19:06:31

I am glad we out of this shit competition. Sundowns must spare owe grant.

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