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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...

Nkombose ka Baba
posted: 2014-10-18 19:20:41

@Signature lol wena you must relax! So I guess VV job is on the line,Judging by yo frustrations?


posted: 2014-10-18 19:20:52

Makakaniya are going to kak points here.Average team.

posted: 2014-10-18 19:22:03

This is not the same V.V that Khoza brought for discipline. These things aren't disciplined maan. How can you break someone's jaw like that? Why is V.V wearing a black top when he knows the home jersey is black? Has to wear a bib like a pre school kid(unprofessional). Free state stars are just useless

Bucs Legend
posted: 2014-10-18 19:24:48

No just because he is bucs player does not make it right. .the free state stars player has broken his jaw..masuku needs to be punished for this

posted: 2014-10-18 19:24:57

2 red cards not given, then they see brown envelopes from my team. Voetsek

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-10-18 19:27:28

U. Waste of time....coz u not talking...next time narate ur points better

posted: 2014-10-18 19:28:25

Dream Team

posted: 2014-10-18 19:28:33

Voetsek wena this guy is a human being and does not deserve a broken jaw. You are just a inhuman fool

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-10-18 19:29:10

No no Masuku should have walked retaliation at irs best....

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-10-18 19:30:39

Myeni and Major might just give a goal....this keeper is spoiling our day...damn

posted: 2014-10-18 19:30:49

He he iyobanjwa ngeshone nayo.

khosi8 champ
posted: 2014-10-18 19:31:34

Manyisa uyahluleka kuba nyisa another draw about to take place while chiefs will do what they do best collecting points

posted: 2014-10-18 19:32:25

MloizaFaku Professor_  Ndoda love with your heart but support with an open mind,,, A broken jaw was the result of his ill-discipline character,, totally unacceptable

posted: 2014-10-18 19:32:29

MloizaFaku Professor_ you are a fool indeed

khosi8 champ
posted: 2014-10-18 19:33:31

What should he do while alrdy substituted

khosi8 champ
posted: 2014-10-18 19:34:38

Another cow about to be introduced majoro damn a cow who was always offside at naturena

posted: 2014-10-18 19:35:08

Dj Msukusuku's heart is no longer at Orlando,,, ukhumbule eThohoyando uMfana


posted: 2014-10-18 19:37:49

The refree is a rat seriously

posted: 2014-10-18 19:38:35

4-4-2 now. A goal is definately coming.

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-10-18 19:39:27

U have to say Majoro is a very hard working boy....has his national diploma in Radiology....runs a good mobile xray business.....still does the x ray work himself and makes it to thw biggest team in SA

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