JOHANNESBURG: Pirates combine well on the edge of the Chiefs box and Ben Motshwari fires over the crossbar.
All teams started on a slow pace Saturday afternoon when Orlando Pirates hosted Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. It was William Katsande that gave Pirates the first corner of the match but the Buccaneers failed to capitalize in the fourth minute into the game. The Buccaneers continued their efforts to pose threats for Chiefs but Vincent Pule failed to convert that into a target.
Chiefs, who has been slow since the start of the match made no significance threats when dangerman Khama Billiat was brought down inside the penalty box by Happy Jele but the referee ruled out the possibility of a penalty. Billiat’s effort to earn his derby debut goal was stopped by Jacob Mabokgwane when he came out heads the ball away as Pirates survive a scare.
But Amakhosi continued to knock at the Pirates’ door when Leornard Castro failed to strike. Mpontshane failed to handle Godfrey Walusimbi’s cross and Billiat fired home from close range to give Chiefs a 1 – 0 lead into the match in the 15th minutes of the game.
Pirates continued to dominate ball possession as they look to penetrate the Chiefs defence and level matters. Pirates awarded a penalty in the 25th minutes of the game after Augustine Mulenga is brought down inside the box but Khune denied Pirates striker Justin Shonga from the spot-kick.
Minutes later Pirates Innocent Maela scores with a header to level matters with Chiefs with an assist from Pule. Pirates were on the lead when Pule tap-in after some good work by Shonga and Mulenga to put Pirates in the lead.
Parker’s goal bound shot is blocked by Pirates defender Mobara. Chiefs are now in control, but the Pirates defence which is led by Jele is looking solid. Billiat fires over the crossbar from the edge of the box as Chiefs look to level matters. Pirates combine well on the edge of the Chiefs box and Ben Motshwari fires over the crossbar.
The resumption of the second half saw the excitement continue and Castro should have levelled matters for Chiefs, but his side-footed effort was comfortably saved by Mpontshane. Chiefs were looking to utilise the wing more which allowed them to use their height, especially from set pieces.
Chiefs looked the more likely to find the back of the net following the break, and again Mpontshane would be tested as Dumisani Zuma tested the keeper with a long-range drive.
While Chiefs were enjoying the better of the chances they were left frustrated, especially after Billiat was denied by a Pirates defender from point-blank range.
At the other end, Pirates were looking to play on the break using the pace of their attack.
Nevertheless, with an hour played, Shonga should have put the game to bed after a mix up between Khune and his defence which left the Zambian with the goal at his mercy. But he somehow missed the target, keeping Chiefs in the game.
Solinas then threw on Hendrick Ekstein and Ryan Moon as they went in search of the elusive equaliser.
Chiefs scored just 15.4% of their goals in the final 15 minutes of their games and Godfrey Walusimbi came within a whisker of adding to that stat. But the Ugandan’s cross-come-shot just missed the target despite giving Mpontshane a few nervy moments.
Pirates were really quiet during the second half but they did enough defensively to frustrate Chiefs and held on to register their second win over their rivals in successive games.