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Orlando Pirates and Maritzburg United PSL

Posted: 2 December 2014 Time: 18:30

With just a few games to go before the Soweto Derby, the pressure increased on Orlando Pirates following a 2-1 Absa Premiership defeat to Maritzburg United at Soccer City.

A brace from Mohammed Anas did the job for Steve Komphela’s men, with Kermit Erasmus getting the goal for the Buccaneers.

Needing a win to build some much-needed momentum ahead of the clash against Kaizer Chiefs, the hosts got off to the worst possible start, with Anas firing in from close range in the second minute.

Thokozani Sekotlong lost his marker before teeing up the Ghanaian, who finished from point-blank range to stun the few who gathered at the 2010 World Cup Final venue.

Robyn Johannes headed straight at Brighton Mhlongo before Thabo Matlaba fired wide from a good position, but Pirates got their equaliser in the 33rd minute following a sustained spell of pressure. Matlaba broke forward before finding Erasmus, who fired past an unmoved Virgil Vries from the edge of the area.

Matlaba’s good work though, was undone on the cusp of half-time. The fullback failed to clear his lines and let in Mondli Cele, who in turn picked out Anas, who beat Brighton Mhlongo for the second time.

Maritzburg continued to press forward after the break and Sekotlong should’ve doubled the hosts lead in the 70th minute. Having beaten Mhlongo to the ball, the former AmaTuks striker looked sure to score, but he could only manage to head his effort over the crossbar.

Mhlongo also pulled off one of the saves of the season, denying Mondli Cele with a low one-handed save.

Pirates pushed forward in the dying embers of the encounter, but Maritzburg ultimately saw out the game with relative ease, with the hosts only managing a single shot on target in the second half.

HOME: Orlando Pirates

Coach: Vladimir Vermezovic
Formation: four two three one

AWAY: Maritzburg United

Coach: Steve Komphela
Formation: four three three

Livefyre comments on this story...

Sbu Webhakabhaka
posted: 2014-12-02 17:04:59

Sangweni and Lekgwathi must retire at the end of this season. And a spring cleaning must take place as well for players like Bacela, Gabuza, Gcaba and all those who are on loan except for Siyabonga Zulu form Chippa United.

posted: 2014-12-02 17:07:30

six changes is a lot

Pirates Hae Jewe Feela(Tau Ya Matshega)

posted: 2014-12-02 17:07:57

@KiloEcho. @khaya83

Ahahaaaa, they are saving him for the derby.

Sbu Webhakabhaka
posted: 2014-12-02 17:10:03

Why is Vv so afraid to throw in young Siyanda Ngubo? That boy can solve our goalscoring problems because Erasmus is completely out of form, and to expect him to score goals tonight is almost impossible.

posted: 2014-12-02 17:10:44

Gabuza and Gcaba are currently negotiating new contracts.

posted: 2014-12-02 17:12:13

Rakhale had a great game last Wednesday and the coach beanched him,ayi this VV is allergic to winning matches

what the hell
posted: 2014-12-02 17:12:53

Hahaha vv is clueless

posted: 2014-12-02 17:13:19

ei happy Jele these days aiiii...

Bucaneer 2.1
posted: 2014-12-02 17:14:57

This is unfair, Phungwayo is not even on the bench, which eliminates him out of the derby squad. Here's how V.V will fail, the man has no astute to manage player confidence, this usually creates animosity as the players that do extremely well and be dropped next match feel under-valued, this has a huge and negative psychological impact on the player. U start having cliques in the team, u start having camps, the team gets divided, u lose the dressing room, then you're fired. I have no confidence on this cowch.

posted: 2014-12-02 17:14:57

fortune_ COWloba vv is useless

posted: 2014-12-02 17:17:45

I've heard million times Rats supporters claiming that we can't fill FNB I can't wait to see how many people will attend this game

posted: 2014-12-02 17:17:50

VV is loosing it, next week SARR will be on the stands.

posted: 2014-12-02 17:18:08

saving Rakgale, Klate and Phungwayo fo the derby?

posted: 2014-12-02 17:21:13

This thing of closing the gap is toying with Vicks Vaporub,..

posted: 2014-12-02 17:21:48

There's no way that Patrick can play ahead Of Matlaba, never

posted: 2014-12-02 17:22:39

Patrick deserve a bench when matlaba is around

Bush Doctor(I'm a Mystic Man.
posted: 2014-12-02 17:24:38

Where is Phungwayo?now I'm gonna join other Bucs supporters who says VV must GO....Matlaba is not special why come from injury then straight to starting eleven?

Since 1937 Bones
posted: 2014-12-02 17:25:18

Phungwayo didn't do anything wrong or is he saving them for the derby, this guy sucks. This stupid rotating isn't working for us at all

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-12-02 17:26:48

Am also confused now.....why soo many changes?

Are we saving them for the derby???

posted: 2014-12-02 17:26:53

I support every decision the coach makes, and refuse to fall into the trap set by opposion fans of destructively criticising the team

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