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Pirates Go Second After Six-Goal Thriller

Absa Premiership Report: Chippa United v Orlando Pirates, 25 February 2018

By Soccer Laduma - Feb 25, 2018 05:30 PM

Absa Premiership

Result: Chippa United 2-4 Orlando Pirates

Date: 25 February 2018

Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Orlando Pirates moved into second place on the Absa Premiership table after beating Chippa United 4-2 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

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The first real chance of the game went to Pirates in the fifth minute when Justin Shonga fired a long-range free-kick towards goal, but the Chippa goalkeeper was up to the challenge and made a fine acrobatic save to deny him.

Ten minutes later a mistake at the back by Pirates defender by Ntsikelelo Nyauza gifted the ball to Thabo Rakhale, who drove forward and squared for Sizwe Mdlinzo, but he shot inches wide from 14-yards out with just the keeper to beat.

In the 18th minute, Chippa took the lead when a clever ball over the top of the Pirates defence from Andile Mbenyane found Mxolisi Macuphu inside the box and he spectacularly volleyed the ball into the back of the net from 14-yards out, 1-0.

Seven minutes later the Buccaneers were afforded a great chance to equalise when a cross from Bernard Morrison struck the hand of Paseka Mako inside the box and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.

Morrison stepped up and expertly converted from the spot to level matters, 1-1.

Neither team could find another goal before the half-time break as the two sides entered the tunnel all square.

Three minutes into the second half, Morrison came within inches of scoring when his 20-yard shot shaved the wrong side of the post.

Just after the hour mark, Morrison was in the thick of the action again on the counter-attack for Pirates when he broke behind the Chippa defence and tried to cleverly chip the keeper, but his attempt went narrowly wide.

In the 66th minute, Musa Nyatama came close to giving Pirates the lead when he drove into the box but saw his 12-yard effort come off the post.

Nonetheless, the Buccaneers persisted and did find the back of the net for a second time in the 73rd minute following a goalmouth scramble inside the box, with the ball eventually poked home by Shonga from close range, 2-1.

Chippa were not going to go down without a fight, though, and equalised in the 83rd minute after Katlego Mashego tapped the ball home from eight-yards out after latching onto a 14-yard shot from Rakhale, which rebounded into his path, 2-2.

However, Chippa’s joy was short-lived when Pirates re-took the lead three minutes later after Thembinkosi Lorch headed home a left-wing cross from Innocent Maela, 3-2.

The icing on the cake for Pirates was their fourth goal in the 94th minute after an extraordinary long-range effort from Shonga on the right side of the box found the corner of the net, 4-2.

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Here is how they line up.

Chippa: 29. Mhlongo, 22. Modisane, 5. Konqobe, 2. Okwuosa, 7. Mako, 21. Rakhale, 27. Mabaso (33. Maholo 75’), 20. Mdlinzo, 11. Mayambela (43. Mashego 82’), 10. Mbenyane, 17. Macupha (6. Sali. 67’).

Subs: 1. Akpeyi, 47. Nsabiyumva, 43. Mashego, 37. Seanego, 40. Manqele, 33. Maholo, 6. Sali.

Pirates: 16. Mabokgwane, 23. Maela, 4. Jele, 34. Nyauza, 28. Dube, 33. Munetsi (37. Mlambo 56’), 14. Nyatama, 11. Memela (8. Matlaba 77’), 3. Lorch, 12. Morrison (18. Sarr 90’), 27. Shonga.

Subs: 40. Mponthsane, 8. Matlaba, 37. Mlambo, 18. Sarr, 15. Qalinge, 31. Gabuza, 20. Foster.


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setlaboswana Joined: 20 Mar 2012
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setlaboswana Feb 28, 2018 11:46 AM
@blackmeteor, noted mate, I was just concerned not seeing you and fellow bloggers joining us in honour of Bucs.
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blackmeteor Feb 28, 2018 09:42 AM
@setlaboswana Brother, I was actually on a short break from this site........I cannot speak for others, but personally saying well done to opponents is part of my DNA. I cannot claim to respect myself or my team if I do not show respect for others.
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EagleEye Feb 27, 2018 01:33 PM
Teboho Moloi is still wet behind his ears to beat Pirates
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setlaboswana Feb 26, 2018 07:13 PM
@DopeZN, that is rivalry of the highest order.
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@azzaniawest Feb 26, 2018 02:44 PM
CHAMPIONSHIP IS GOT SURPRISES
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Carder305 Feb 26, 2018 02:39 PM
Pirates is Not consistence they say, but chiefs as with Draws, remaining the only team that where scored less goals in PSL, but on position 3rd. Let them be consistence by winning nothing season in season out!
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Carder305 Feb 26, 2018 02:33 PM
@I_AM_SMITH LOL haai, you sound like a politician not even a club supporter :(
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I_AM_SMITH Feb 26, 2018 01:09 PM
Chiefs are stalemate specialists yes but atleast we are consistant with our draws. This rats team is not consistent, they might even finish 6 or 7 on the log...
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DopeZN Feb 26, 2018 11:54 AM
@setlaboswana it is fair to congratulate opponents but I haven't done it with Bucs before and I won't start now. The inconsistency between Bucs and Chiefs is the reason why I think it gone.
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Michaeltshigama Feb 26, 2018 11:20 AM
In Downs n Rats i believe not some smallanyana club known for wrong reasons of bribery n corruption called Brown envelopes fc
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Michaeltshigama Feb 26, 2018 11:18 AM
Rats n Downs will represent Mzansi in CAF n some smallanyana teams will be watching from their Gomma Gomma sofas, kikiki
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setlaboswana Feb 26, 2018 11:18 AM
@DopeZN, well, I thought it was only fair to congratulate rival teams when they are doing well, mate. I am highly impressed by Bucs' positive approach to the game. As for pitting Downs to win the league title, I would say my team is nothing more than league title contenders alongside Bucs, fau, Maritzburg Utd and free state stars. Downs are disturbingly inconsistent, Championship material doesn't draw two games in succession at this crucial stage. That is all I am prepared to say.
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Mashia1950 Feb 26, 2018 11:07 AM
I glad they where goals (six). I foresee a very interesting ending this season, with Sundowns still dropping points, this will give other teams hope to work even harder to finish top
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Mashia1950 Feb 26, 2018 11:07 AM
I glad they where goals (six). I foresee a very interesting ending this season, with Sundowns still dropping points, this will give other teams hope to work even harder to finish top
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DopeZN Feb 26, 2018 11:05 AM
@setlaboswana I think I should start congratulating you Dawana, it is clear to me now that the league is going back to Kloorkop. Congrats champ in waiting.
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llumadi Feb 26, 2018 11:03 AM
Where is Mulenga?
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DopeZN Feb 26, 2018 11:03 AM
@setlaboswana congrats to Bucs for ini manje Dawana, beating Chippa? I've never congratulated them unless they beat Chiefs, why should I start now?
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kekanejan Feb 26, 2018 11:03 AM
Pirates is a great team going forward but lack finishing and defending none the less Orlando Pirates will be power house... For now I'm not quite impressed the way is playing... Catching Sundowns will be a miracle... Bucs til death
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chiefs is useless Feb 26, 2018 10:34 AM
Entlek What's wrong with Morrison? This guy has a very strange personality
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chiefs is useless Feb 26, 2018 10:30 AM
Fluke win kwaaak where are they now? They are hiding in hurtffontein

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