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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...

posted: 2014-12-02 17:27:14

@Sgcebheza @djdont

Saving him(Phungwayo) for derby,...that's the excuse other rats faithfuls are giving,..

posted: 2014-12-02 17:29:58

Wat is Daniel Bennet the cheat doing. Suddenly reappears!

posted: 2014-12-02 17:30:14

V V just submit your r signation and don't try to destroy team. Screamer and Khoza nithuleleni?

khaya83 #Buccaneer#
posted: 2014-12-02 17:30:16

They must go

scara we khosi
posted: 2014-12-02 17:31:08

Less than a 100

shlalo wezihlalo
posted: 2014-12-02 17:34:03

He he he he, kwaaaakks, tltltltltl, who is playing on empty fnb stadium now, i only see oranges, i need a big truck to pick these up. Hahahaha. I could hear the players sreaming, and the coaches yelling out instructions, and damn now its a goal, kwaaaaaaaaks, Useshilo ke ushlalo wezihlalo

posted: 2014-12-02 17:34:24

Already one goal down, rats are poor!!!

Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2014-12-02 17:34:57

Why is this match being played behind closed doors ? What have the Rats done ?

Tiboos - Glamour Boys
posted: 2014-12-02 17:35:12

There u go ratties in 2 mnts they consided

posted: 2014-12-02 17:35:15

Aowa banna Watz happening with Rats this ain't gud @ all

posted: 2014-12-02 17:35:57

Tjo imiswahla ke le 2 min it's a goal...

Major boy Mbedzi
posted: 2014-12-02 17:36:31

poor rates xem

posted: 2014-12-02 17:36:52

Lol..... behind closed doors. maybe they're toyi-toying outside

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-12-02 17:37:19

Wow...the keeper Gcaba Sangweni combo is just disaster....

issar could have done better...

VV is putting himself under pressure...u don't change a winning team

Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2014-12-02 17:37:40

Now the stupid Rats fans will stop talking kak about an empty FNB stadium every time Chiefs play. Hehehehehe........I see only yellow.

shlalo wezihlalo
posted: 2014-12-02 17:37:56

They make me happy, i'm so proud of rats, they conceed in two mins, what an early xmas present, useshilo ke ushlalo wezihlalo

posted: 2014-12-02 17:38:06

FNB is too big for these two teams, they should've used Orlando stadium,..

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-12-02 17:38:15

Twice Erasmus is not passing the ball....annoyed now

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

y rodents r playing @ soccer city?

posted: 2014-12-02 17:40:05

This pirates goalkeeper has no anticipation

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