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PSL Match Report: Helder Pelembe pounces as Orlando Pirates beat Maritzburg

Posted: 15 April 2014 Time: 19:04

A late goal from Helder Pelembe clinched a 1-0 win for Orlando Pirates over Maritzburg United in their Premiership clash at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday night.

It was all Pirates in the opening 20 minutes of the match as Rooi Mahamutsa and Happy Jele had the most noteworthy attempts at goal, but with no success.

Maritzburg defended valiantly to keep the score at 0-0 in a battling display from Steve Komphela's side.

Mahamutsa was the first to raise some excitement as he strode forward from the halfway line and unleashed a ferocious, dipping drive that Shu-Aib Walters did well to tip over the bar.

The best chance of the half fell to Jele, who rose highest to meet Khethokwakhe Masuku's corner with his head, but Ruben Cloete was in the right place on the near post to head his attempt clear.

There were some nasty challenges flying around as well. First Cloete went studs-up on Gabuza, before Masalesa showed poor technique, going over the ball to clatter into Ashley Hartog's shins as four yellow cards were flashed by the referee.

After the second half restarted Gabuza had a sniff of goal as he was played in on the penalty spot but Mohamed Awal made a timely last-ditch tackle to steal the ball off the former Golden Arrows striker.

Gabuza had another chance when the ball fell at his feet after Mohamed Awal headed the ball against his own arm, but the striker's snap-shot was smothered by Walters.

Orlando Smeeks then had a good chance to give the Team of Choice the lead when he ran onto Walters' goal-kick but failed to lob Meyiwa, who was in no-man's land.

Senzo Meyiwa had to be strong in the save to deny Heinrich Isaacks after a direct run towards goal and powerful shot, before Gabuza was presented with another chance astThe ball falls fortuitously into his path, but he blazed over under pressure from Rheece Evans.

The game looked destined for 0-0 as Pirates probed without creating any clear chances until Pelembe pounced there minutes from time.

Gabuza found space on the right side of the area before squaring the ball to the Mozambican, who calmly steered the ball into the far right corner to hand the Buccaneers the points.

The result sees Pirates move to fourth spot, above SuperSport United, who lost 2-0 at Ajax Cape Town on the night. Maritzburg remain in 12th place, 10 points clear of the relegation play-off spot.

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Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-04-15 18:05:52

@tzozo dey wnts commnt 2dae dey a savig dey data 4 2mr so bezokhuluma mase kudlala abangani babo plokwane cty

Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2014-04-15 18:06:22

Another 20 rodents have come in now the crowd stannds at 199.

Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2014-04-15 18:08:30

No Khosi these dogs only comment when we play at FNB becos they are so stupid they can't see that a crowd of 10000 at FNB looks like crowd of 200 in Orlando.

Can Do
posted: 2014-04-15 18:17:22

What a frustratingly boring game! Maritzburg United parking the bus and our boys playing lousy football!Q

posted: 2014-04-15 18:20:41

Ya neh seems Majoro really shot himself in the foot with this team. How can you leave a team because of lack of game time from the bench and join one where you not even in the match 18. Hai no, can't be recovering from a car crash this long....

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-04-15 18:22:21

You can't even spell Klate all u do is complain.... VV is trying out players

After all he has to assess in order to build

He committed on building for next season

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-04-15 18:24:25

Are u serious? Where is the gamble here all players are regulars at pirates except Gabuza....

Can u not just give the coach a chatch the games

posted: 2014-04-15 18:26:49

Eish what's cookin, I see the name Gabuza I say pheww, aren't we a big team is he big enough, can't we do a little bit bigger?

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-04-15 18:27:49

Pirates fans yintoni ngani...is complaining in your blood...

Klate in you complain...klate out u complain...same for Tlou, Masuku etc....

Kanti why can u not just watch a game...allow a coach to do his job....

Coach will give players a chance based on what they do on training not who u like...

VV is assessing players...before building for next season....at the same time pushing for Nedbank...

posted: 2014-04-15 18:29:26

What a boring game

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-04-15 18:30:11

Or. Else what? Dream on

Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2014-04-15 18:30:17

Watched by 199 fans.

T-Man wa leKhosi
posted: 2014-04-15 18:31:11

Hahahahaha you gotta love KO Cowditor, K Bhaka was farting all over this article and Cowditor deleted all that rubbish

Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2014-04-15 18:31:18

Big team ya masimba. Which big team plays in front of 199 spectators ?

posted: 2014-04-15 18:31:28

Tzozo because it is no longer important for us. We are out of league race. how many were at Loftus you fool

T-Man wa leKhosi
posted: 2014-04-15 18:32:04

Inclusive of grounds man n security personnel

Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2014-04-15 18:32:29

So you only go to the stadium when u r in the league race ?

posted: 2014-04-15 18:34:04

Tzozo you fool this tournament is no longer important for us. there is another tournament running which we have much interest in. Use yo Skobho man. Is it full of water yini?

posted: 2014-04-15 18:37:25

Bucs532 Tzozo  So top 8 is not important for Rats?

Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2014-04-15 18:38:20

Hahahahahahahahhahahah.......the stadium is so empty I could even hear Steve Khophela saying toTebogo Moloi "hey wena u khuluma kakhulu, msunu"

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