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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...

give rats a rattex
posted: 2014-10-19 08:06:18

Our mission is to keep our momentum alive. Let them keep their spirit of chasing Chiefs, on the other side Amakhosi are planning to continue making them suffer by winning every game.

posted: 2014-10-19 08:07:30

on that one lets wait for the 1st nov,to c if chiefs is afraid of ratts,the fact is ur team knew that ffs will park the bus bt what dd ur technical team do to counter attact that.

Donald Duck
posted: 2014-10-19 08:11:02

Watch the game, u will get all the proof u need

deleted_24758828_deleted_24758828_Super Champ ( As
posted: 2014-10-19 08:46:01

Oupa's form it's a concern and it affects the tempo of the team. In his position he has to timeously distribute forward passes into spaces on the last 3rd and adding numbers into attack but instead he slows down the tempo with sideways and backwards passes to control his recovery and avoiding forward runs into space to the detriment of the team, reason why we not as quick on a break and that's where we've always been dangerous. Most dangerous attempts yesterday were from our left back including the goal. Makola must shape up and fight for Manyisa's position, he is ineffective alongside Erasmus.

deleted_24758828_deleted_24758828_Super Champ ( As
posted: 2014-10-19 08:47:28

To even suggest that Major can't play alongside Erasmus is utter rubbish, yes they are similar but both can collect and both can run into spaces and both can pass into spaces and finally, both can score, so where is the argument, the 20 minutes interval we are subjected to will not build that partnership, it needs to be regular otherwise we will have 16 shots on target and a single goal to show for that. two defining moments yesterday, Erasmus header with goalkeeper beaten, unlucky for him, lucky save from an Erasmus strike, goal bound and with right speed, goalkeeper was lucky to have a touch on that, others were typical non-striker type shots on target without a venom and that's where you need another striker to support Erasmus because these loose balls fall on the likes of Makola who shoot directly to the keeper or off target.

deleted_24758828_deleted_24758828_Super Champ ( As
posted: 2014-10-19 09:01:50

Adding numbers defensively has never been the best form of defence and Ntshumayelo's introduction attests to that, we became vulnerable and even with his save on that goal bound shot, it doesnt justify the move it should challenge the authenticity of the changes that led us to being on a backfoot. There's no way that for 80 minutes your possession is over 70% and all of a sudden the opposition has an upper hand at a critical stage, in some games that could easily have been a draw, unacceptable. That Qalinge is still headless like Masuku.

B.T.I.D(No Love For Tinkler)
posted: 2014-10-19 10:40:11

Donald Duck Like they banned Goat for punching players last season???????

posted: 2014-10-20 07:17:19

Is KC bothered or intimidated by Pirates' winning this game?

without fear or favor
posted: 2014-10-20 09:22:58

Super Champ ( Super Finalist & KO Specialist)

e became vulnerable and even with his save on that goal bound shot.... and that was a goal shem ngiyajabula ulibonile nawe mfethu

posted: 2014-10-20 09:34:17

Super Champ ( Super Finalist & KO Specialist) Oupa is being let down by Sarr's inability to go forward. Please watch the game again and watch how many back passes and side passes Sarr is making. Defensively he is good but he does not help Oupa with the creativity

posted: 2014-10-20 09:43:32

I liked that VV gave Masuku a chance to play but I did not appreciate how he was on his case the whole game. This is typically where coaches loses the dressing room. Allow players the freedom to express themselves VV and maybe use the halftime break to re-utter your instructions. 

posted: 2014-10-20 11:02:46

He's not even history, he's geography ... Finito.

posted: 2014-10-20 11:08:43

We learned from the best if that's what you think. (Masters of Brown Envelope where their so called history was made in the boardroom with their master chef BHAMJEE)

And you dont see what Katsande is doing????

Ningazosi jwayela nina...Tsek!

Bucs By Birth...

posted: 2014-10-20 11:10:05

Thanks Member, They are quick to point fingers forgeting their rotten history ka Bhamjee.

Bucs I Remain...

posted: 2014-10-20 13:36:28

OnceAndAlways True that....this thing of  programming a player to play in a defined manner is killing a player....

posted: 2014-10-20 13:41:57

Makabaza ncncncncncncncncnc YAWNING!!!!...LOOK ZEBBIE, stop listening live games on radio..

posted: 2014-10-20 13:44:53

Dallas2 looooool  kwaaaaaaks you deserve a Bell's

posted: 2014-10-20 13:46:03

Shhhhhhhhhhh!!! Orlando Pirates FC is number 2 on the log.....

posted: 2014-10-20 20:24:45

guys vv give pelembe chance too

Zico Z
posted: 2014-10-21 06:15:08

Gabuza, Pelembe and Segolela they need a chance to play

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