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Posted: 18 October 2014 Time: 20:14

A Daine Klate goal handed Orlando Pirates a 1-0 win over Free State Stars in an Absa Premiership match at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

The first half saw Stars do little more than get men behind the ball in an attempt to frustrate Pirates, who had no real answer to their opponent’s tactics and only began to offer a genuine threat in attack as the interval approached.

However, Ea Lla Koto goalkeeper Glenn Verbauwede – on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns and making his debut in this match – was not all that convincing in the early stages.

His first involvement was allowing a Kermit Erasmus shot to slip through his hands, but luckily for him he did just enough to deflect the ball over the crossbar.

Pirates were lucky not to be reduced to 10 men five minutes before halftime when Khethowakhe Masuku, in retaliation to a tackle, appeared to deliberately kick Bokang Thlone in the face while both players were on the ground.

There was sanction for the Bucs winger, but Thlone was forced to retire from the game with a reported broken jaw. He was replaced at the start of the second half by Katlego Mashego.

But a few minutes before the interval the Soweto side came within inches of opening the scoring. Ntsikelelo Nyauza provided a cross from the right and Erasmus directed a header beyond the reach of Verbauwede, only to see the ball rebound off the crossbar.

Pirates threatened again early in the second half when Mpho Makola got on the end of a ball in the Stars penalty area, but his side-foot volley was brilliantly tipped over the bar by a more confident Verbauwede.

At the other end of the field Senzo Meyiwa was a virtual spectator for the majority of the match, but he had to be on his toes in the 69th minute to make a sharp save at his near post when Stars’ lone striker, Richard Henyekane, used his pace on a counter attack to offer a rare threat for the visitors.

Yet just three minutes later the Buccaneers finally broke the deadlock. Patrick Phungwayo provided a lovely cross from out wide and Klate cracked the ball into the back of the net with a sweetly-struck left-footed volley.

Stars almost equalised before the end of regulation time. Henyekane forced Meyiwa into a great save from an 89th minute free-kick, and the subsequent corner kick saw the home side’s defence twice clear efforts off their own goalline – one which appeared to cross the line.

HOME: Orlando Pirates

Coach: Vladimir Vermezovic
Formation: four two three one

AWAY: Free State Stars

Coach: Tom Saintfiet
Formation: four four one one

Livefyre comments on this story...

ngiyKhosiphouhlushwa yin
posted: 2014-10-18 18:19:06

Lool Meyiwa a captain nc nc nc...

MTN88 Champion Rhino
posted: 2014-10-18 18:21:06

879 Fans eOrlando Stadium and 700 of Tickets were Complimentary Tickets. Kuyanyiwa eOrlando. Love & Peace. 

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-10-18 18:22:05

So Masuku is back....people have been çomplaing abt coach not giving others a chance....happy now?

Shocked though that Jele is out....don't really like that Nyawuza chap

To be honest.....i would have kept Sangweni in the bench

posted: 2014-10-18 18:22:50

MTN88 Champion Rhino 

Uyahlanya wena Rhino!!

khosi8 champ
posted: 2014-10-18 18:26:20

Another cows this coach is a joke he was benching masuku just for putting ear phones which is not football related

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-10-18 18:26:22

Eramus u owe us a goal boy...

Meyiwa can u do what u do when playing for Bafana plz....

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-10-18 18:27:50

Not while in the bench

posted: 2014-10-18 18:31:47

MTN88 Champion Rhino  tltltltltlttlttlltllltl wola Rhinoceros

posted: 2014-10-18 18:34:04

Hahaha eish Rhino

posted: 2014-10-18 18:35:50

This rats long sleeve jersey looks like a rugby jersey maaaan

Bucs Legend
posted: 2014-10-18 18:39:39

I liked Sangweni as our captain..but I guess it makes sense for Senzo to be given an arm band..we behind you boys..all the best!

what the hell
posted: 2014-10-18 18:40:08

Rats play boring football like for real while dunu is entertaining with no goals

Chiefs E Tona
posted: 2014-10-18 18:41:55

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz. What happened? Feeling sleepy. This game is boring. It can become a good instrument any pre school during sleeping sessions.

Nkombose ka Baba
posted: 2014-10-18 18:42:12

Mara why is VV shouting at masuku like this?lol


posted: 2014-10-18 18:44:19

Vv is digging his grave wuth chop n change...

posted: 2014-10-18 18:44:21

What's up with VV and wearing bibs as if He's at training?

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-10-18 18:45:52

Yho Bus stationed already.....coach might want Majoro early and Qalinge to run at them

posted: 2014-10-18 18:46:30

FS Satrs has passed a double decker bus. VV knows very well that is the strategy of most of his opponents but he is continuing with a failing system of one striker against 5 defenders. He does n't have quick attacking players who can master 5_4_1. I don't see him winning against good sides.

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-10-18 18:47:49

Is it not same fans who ask him to give other players a chance?

The only change is Masuku here....

Matlaba is injured

Sangweni and Erasmus back to retain their sport

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-10-18 18:48:44

Its called coaching...remember philip trousier on doctor khumalo

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