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Pirates close in on SuperSport

Posted: 14 March 2009 Time: 18:02

Orlando Pirates cut SuperSport United’s lead at the top of the Absa Premiership to three points after beating Thanda Royal Zulu 2-0 at the Absa Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Lucas Thwala and Teko Modise ensured that the Buccaneers took advantage of SuperSport’s absence – they participated in the CAF Champions League this weekend – and kept up the pressure on the League leaders.

Thanda almost opened the scoring in the seventh minute, but Nkosinathi Nhleko’s shot came back off the crossbar. The burly marksman had another chance in the 25th minute, but he failed to hit the target from 10 metres out.

Pirates were dominating in the possession stakes, but were unable to create many clear chances to test Amabhubesi goalkeeper Aubrey Mathibe. In fact, Moeneeb Josephs was the busier of the two, even though the first half ended goalless.

Clifford Mulenga looked a dangerous prospect for the Buccaneers’ defence, but he was closed down quickly whenever he got on the ball. One opportunity he did have saw him blazing the ball over the crossbar just before the interval.

The turning point of the game arrived early in the second half. Musa Nyatama hauled down Katlego Mashego and the referee awarded a penalty. Thwala duly dispatched the ball to put the Soweto giants ahead.

Phil Evans then wasted two glorious chances before Modise made sure of the points with 11 minutes to go.

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