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Erasmus Scores Late Winner For Pirates

Absa Premiership

Full Time: AmaZulu 1-2 Orlando Pirates

Date: 11 February 2015

Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium

Kermit Erasmus scored in the 91st minute to hand Orlando Pirates a 2-1 win over AmaZulu in an Absa Premiership match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday night.

It was a cagey start to the game by both teams which resulted in chances on goal being few and far between.

Neither side really took the ascendancy and both squandered possession with bad decision making and poor passing in the final third.

The first decent effort on goal came in the 17th minute when Lennox Bacela met a corner-kick, but his header at the front post struck the side-netting.

Seven minutes later a well-worked free-kick on the left edge of the AmaZulu box saw Siyabonga Sangweni with a free header at the back post, but his effort sailed just over the crossbar.

In the 26th minute the home side fashioned their first decent chance in front of goal when Mbulelo Mabizela met a low corner-kick with a diving header, but his effort skimmed the wrong side of the post.

A minute later Bongi Ntuli broke behind the Buccaneers defence, but the AmaZulu man lifted his effort over the goal with just the keeper to beat.

AmaZulu ended the half the stronger of the two sides but failed to break down a stubborn Pirates defence as the half ended all-square.

The home side started the second half positively and came close to scoring three minutes after the restart when Bornwell Mwape let fly from 22-yards out, but he saw his effort well-saved by the keeper.

In the 53rd minute a clever free-kick for Pirates saw Thabo Matlaba in behind the AmaZulu defence, but he fired his 14-yard shot from an acute angle on the left into the side-netting.

In the 67th minute the game saw its first goal when Mabizela headed home a Marc Van Heerden free-kick to give AmaZulu the lead, 1-0.

Pirates, though, hit back three minutes later when Lehlohonolo Majoro latched onto a ball over the Amazulu defence from Matlaba and the striker cleverly chipped the onrushing goalkeeper to level matters, 1-1.

Both sides pressed hard in the final 20 minutes, but it was Pirates who found the winner in the 91st minute after some smart play between Majoro and Kermit Erasmus saw the latter with a clinical 16-yard finish into the bottom corner, 2-1.

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