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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.

Article by: KICK OFF

Livefyre comments on this story...

Shorts0874
posted: 2014-04-16 07:51:50

Fanstics Rhino please edit your comments before you post it even an insane ihlanya cannot understand what you mean. Please this is a holy week, learn not to swear. Are you getting hot under your collar? 

Shorts0874
posted: 2014-04-16 07:53:48

Kingjoro these MICE from Naturena are loud sounding empty tins sometimes its a waste OF TIME ARGUING WITH THEM, AMAKHANDA AWEKHO

1in10
posted: 2014-04-16 08:08:23

Wish VV can give Gabuza another start......that will boost his confidence.

Enough Said !!!

Once and Always....(Silver till next Gold)

KING?
posted: 2014-04-16 08:10:16

@Bongz # Bucs XinambyaniI personally rate Gabuza very high, he is a different kind. Only time will judge him.

KING?
posted: 2014-04-16 08:11:28

@Bongz # Bucs The Lightwe are making him stronger and hungry

Mgugudi Treble Addict
posted: 2014-04-16 08:14:51

Whe Gabuza signed for O.Pirates, he knew that he would be heckled, boo-ed & even insulted. So, if that gets through his skin, he must leave the ship now because as much as we would like to have saints attending at the stadium, boo boys & girls will always be there to tell you in the language they know best, i.e. BOO.

Any player that is approached by Pirates MUST not sign for us if BOOING would demotivate him, to many it's a form of motivation & a sign of dissatisfaction.

KCisCoachLess
posted: 2014-04-16 08:20:00

Lesququvela senkomo ewuPelembe....

KCisCoachLess
posted: 2014-04-16 08:20:55

Mgugudi Treble Addict

Uyasuza bhuti. Ukhuluma into ethuli nje

Mgugudi Treble Addict
posted: 2014-04-16 08:29:59

@ KCNDF,

Booing fans are a feature of South African football (like your foolishness it is part of you) at the moment including you at KC that are tomenting Nkatha. So, complaining about that is neighter here nor there especially by players because that's part of package that comes with playing for a big team. Hence I say, if a player can't take it, he must continue playing for his small team because at Pirates, there are no nanies to confort him.

Your job at the moment is to teach your zebras to stop the culture of booing at a branch level, I will do the same for the ghosts.

ticoMP
posted: 2014-04-16 14:10:45

EISH MARA MYENI WABHUNYA................................

ticoMP
posted: 2014-04-16 14:13:15

chauke6  AND WIN HOW MAY OF THEM?

ticoMP
posted: 2014-04-16 14:14:10

Shorts0874 Fanstics Rhino  FANTAMILK RHINO.................ULIBELE MAN1

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