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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...

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-10-18 18:50:04

Generally he is a bad captain....

At a distance he is promising but he is not a leader

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-10-18 18:51:50

What are talking about...if the system was not working we would not have 6 shorts on target....FSS has been lucky so far

Nkombose ka Baba
posted: 2014-10-18 18:52:35

@Bongz # Bucs. Well the guy was taking. A shot.well that's none of my business


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

This nyawuza chap....hayi

posted: 2014-10-18 18:55:19

I have said before, and im gona say it again,, Nyawuza is better at CB,, at RB he's an N14 from bethal to Springs siyoze siyongena kwandonga ziyaduma

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-10-18 18:59:01

Bad luck errr

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-10-18 18:59:57

Then he must go coz at CB he is still behind Rooi Sangweni gcaba and jele

posted: 2014-10-18 19:00:01

@Bongz #Bucs...im not 1of dem ok...de closest uv tried to complement my contention....is de use of de word ...***retain***... de question is...who must retain deir spot?...

posted: 2014-10-18 19:00:21

U are crazy, always complaining about parking a bus. Pirates is attacking all the way and getting 100 chances by now. It is one way traffic, u should have scored at least 6 goals by now if not ten.

what the hell
posted: 2014-10-18 19:03:56

Masuku should have received a red care for retaliation

posted: 2014-10-18 19:04:11

So keep quite, there's nothing wrong by shouting at a player if he is putting coach's job on the line.

posted: 2014-10-18 19:05:17

Wats fun and wrong lapo??

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-10-18 19:05:24

What is wrong with first 11?

posted: 2014-10-18 19:06:29

Gud game soo far.......

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-10-18 19:06:39

Players like him should just be sold....back in the team after a long time but u then apply for a red card...mxm no discipline at all

posted: 2014-10-18 19:11:30

This masuku boy is so ill-deciplined, after that earphones incident the coach calmed himself and decide to offer him a chance back in to the starting XI; the least he could do was to give his best performance and cement caches faith in him but instead he still does some childish things in the field kicking other players, lets hope vv didn't see that incided or else that will be his last start for pirates

what the hell
posted: 2014-10-18 19:11:33

I doubt he will play more than 6 games this season.no discipline at all

posted: 2014-10-18 19:12:46

Another draw from midget fc looming

posted: 2014-10-18 19:19:31

@Bongz #Bucs...revisit de nedbank final game..minus myeni...u wil know whts wrong wit ds 11...think u wud realy abuse..misuse or misplace de word..retain...further dont act deaf to wht bibo said recently..

posted: 2014-10-18 19:19:47

Professor_  mxm u dont knw what u r talkin abt. U r listening to these commentators who speak nonsense. Masuku didnt do anythng wrong ther. The opponet came at him sliding, what did u expect him to do? Just give a guy a break tu, this is football.

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