Register Login Scores

PSL

Pirates Win It At The Death

Absa Premiership

Full Time: Orlando Pirates 1-0 Maritzburg United

Date: 15 April 2014

Venue: Orlando Stadium

It was another blunt performance from Orlando Pirates in front of goal, but a strike three minutes from time courtesy of Helder Pelembe saw them run out slender 1-0 winners in their Absa Premiership match against Maritzburg United at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday night.

It was a quick start to the match by Pirates who had numerous shots on goal in the opening 15 minutes.

Thamsanqa Gabuza had the Buccaneers first shot on goal in the second minute, but fired wide from distance.

Five minutes later Rooi Mahamutsa tried his luck from 30-yards out, but he saw his swerving shot superbly tipped over the crossbar by Shu-Aib Walters.

Pirates worked the resulting corner to the edge of the box where Khethokwakhe Masuku shot narrowly over the target.

In the 13th minute Happy Jele met a free-kick cross into the box by Mpho Makola, but he headed over from 12-yards out.

Pirates created their best chance of the half two minutes later when Jele met a corner-kick, but saw his header cleared off the goaline by Ruben Cloete.

The United defence tightened up after that, and while offering nothing in attack, they did look solid defensively.

The next effort on goal only came in the 43rd minute when Masuku curled a 25-yard free-kick inches wide of the post.

The half ended 0-0.

The second 45 saw Pirates continue in the same manner as the first and they were afforded their first chance of the half in the 54th minute when a defensive error from Mohammed Awal allowed Gabuza through on goal, but he fired straight at the keeper from six-yards out.

Maritzburg only had their first shot on goal in the 58th minute when a long through ball saw Orlando Smeekes break behind the Buccaneers’ defence, but his attempted chip over the goalie went narrowly wide from the edge of the box.

A minute later Senzo Meyiwa was forced into his first save of the match when Heinrich Isaacks worked his way into the box, but was brilliantly thwarted by the keeper from 16-yards out.

Pirates dominated possession after that and were finally rewarded with the winner in the 87th minute when Helder Pelembe turned home a low Gabuza cross, 1-0.

nextarticle

Ajax Down 10-Man SuperSport

659 comments

Top 5

Chiefs At 50 – Those Inside Amakhosi Open Up…

32 Jan 20, 2020 11:49 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

UEFA Announce 2019 Team Of The Year, Salah Snubbed

9 Jan 15, 2020 02:46 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Pirates To Pounce On International Striker?  

31 Jan 20, 2020 12:15 PM in Orlando Pirates

The 10 Richest Clubs In The World Revealed

14 Jan 14, 2020 12:27 PM in World News

Middendorp On Confrontation With Match Official

58 Jan 19, 2020 10:31 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

The 10 Highest-Attended Football Matches In 2019

15 Jan 19, 2020 08:00 PM in World News

Professor Slams Pitso!

232 Jan 16, 2020 02:31 PM in PSL

Amakhosi’s New Man Gets To Work – Squad Number Revealed?

35 Jan 16, 2020 10:53 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Pitso: Chiefs Is On A Honeymoon, So Many Wins!

284 Jan 19, 2020 06:55 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Footballers' Interesting Jobs After Retirement

9 Jan 16, 2020 08:00 PM in World News

Agents Discuss Future Of Chiefs Star

21 Jan 20, 2020 10:06 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

28 Nov 24, 2019 07:17 PM in World News

9 Players Who Left Barca Because Of Messi

29 Nov 03, 2019 10:21 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Revealed: The Biggest Fear About Chiefs

18 Jan 18, 2020 08:35 AM in Kaizer Chiefs