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Resilient Polokwane Hold Pirates To Draw

Absa Premiership Report: Orlando Pirates v Polokwane City 20 January 2018

By Soccer Laduma - Jan 20, 2018 10:17 PM

Absa Premiership 

Result: Orlando Pirates 1-1 Polokwane City

Venue: Orlando Stadium

Date: 20 January 2018

A late equaliser from Orlando Pirates saw them save face and salvage a 1-1 draw with Polokwane City at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

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George Chigova was the first goalkeeper to be tested, making a diving save to keep out Justin Shonga’s strike from just inside the box in the 10th minute.

However, Polokwane City enjoyed a promising spell on attack afterwards. In the 18th minute, they were rewarded. Jabu Maluleke’s cross from the right found Dominic Chungwa, who rifled the ball into the net with a powerful first-time shot.

Pirates struggled to find their rhythm after going behind. Their next half-chance came in the 26th minute, when Mthokozisi Dube almost wormed his way through the defence. However, he was unable to properly test Chigova under pressure.

At the other end, Polokwane City continued to cause problems for their defence, but failed to pose any further serious threat to Jackson Mabokgwane in the first half.

Chigova also had very little more to do before the break bar keeping out a Luvuyo Memela shot in the 42nd minute. Thabiso Kutumela let him off the hook a minute later, firing over the bar after latching onto a lovely long pass.

Kutumela was the man to make way in the first substitution of the game in the 56th minute, as Milutin Sredojevic replaced him with Thembinkosi Lorch. Five minutes later, goalscorer Chungwa was stretchered off and Bernard Molekwa made his first change, bringing on Muhammad Sulumba.

Micho got his last two substitutes on with plenty of time to spare. In the 68th minute, Dube was replaced by Ayanda Nkosi. Then, six minutes later, Innocent Maela was replaced by Lyle Foster.

The Buccaneers finally began to show more urgency in the closing stages and Ndivhuwo Ravhuhali was forced into a clearance off the line to deny Lorch and keep the scores level in the 79th minute.

With four minutes plus stoppage time remaining, Foster swung the game on its head. The ball deflected into the youngster’s path inside the Polokwane City box and he hammered it into the net off the crossbar.

As a result, Pirates maintained their unbeaten start to 2018, although their performance was far from assured.

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Here's how they lined up: 

Pirates: 16. Mabokgwane, 6. Shitolo, 34. Nyauza, 23. Dube (Nkosi, 68’), 23. Maela (Foster, 74’), 45. Mobara, 14. Nyatama, 5. Makola, 11. Memela, 24. Kutumela (Lorch, 56’), 27. Shonga.
 
Polokwane: 1. Chigova, 5. Maponyane, 2. Semenya, 19. Ravhuhali, 4. Tshilo, 21. Seabi, 17. Ramagalela, 14. Manaka, 9. Chungwa, 8. Maluleka, 29. Musona.


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Sandile411 Joined: 25 Oct 2016
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Sandile411 Jan 22, 2018 02:56 PM
Foster must get more game time
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LMM10 Jan 22, 2018 11:06 AM
Nhlpato ...................starless... .............hahahahahahahhaha ...........They are celebrating those cups where they would be dominated by a team and would score one offside goal and fans enter the stadium and take 30 minutes to come out , by which time its 5 seconds left and the game ends before the ball is put at the centre
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Flash Mabuza Jan 22, 2018 09:31 AM
Foster jou leeker ding!!
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cibanbe Jan 21, 2018 09:32 PM
Pirates need a striker like Rusike otherwise sohlezi sikhala nje sibanjwa oPolokwane......mxm
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TBS Jan 21, 2018 02:50 PM
My hunks are not consistent.. :((
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Nhlpato Jan 21, 2018 02:28 PM
Kaizer chimpanzeees is still starless after 48yrs wat a useless continental underachiever team
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Nhlpato Jan 21, 2018 02:26 PM
Quick reminder:starless Kaizer chimpanzees have never beaten baroka
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DannyDee Jan 21, 2018 01:38 PM
Pirates can be annoying sometimes. This polokwane city trouble for us, we just can't beat this team
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majenz Jan 21, 2018 01:05 PM
@Bridgertte it seems you too excited about bucs draw than Sundowns win ,some fans though.. Haikhona
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scoreman99 Jan 21, 2018 11:52 AM
Eban so Dunu fans decided to camp here celebrating bucs draw Oops I'm not suprise this things can celebrate even when the get beaten,anyway on the behalf of Orlando pirates we apologize to beat u 3-1 mybe this will inject to calm ur anger against sea robbers
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Bridgertte Layun. Jan 21, 2018 11:19 AM
@TAXorVAT,,,ha ha haaa who can forget the famous #6-1;6-0,4-1,3-1.....
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nswanyo Jan 21, 2018 11:13 AM
khoza must sign rusike dat guy Quality striker
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TAXorVAT Jan 21, 2018 11:06 AM
Now my unconditional wish is to see Baroka winning controversially today just to erupt unbearable complaining noise from next door. I've just soundproofed my glass house, so Im not going to be disturbed. #TSND!
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TAXorVAT Jan 21, 2018 11:01 AM
@Bridgertte Layun, hahahahaha, why have you developed anger? Still hurting from the famous 3 - 1 ? . . . Shem, it was nothing personal, just business as usual. I advice you to see a Psychologist. #Pirates 3 - 1 The Yellow Reptiles.
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Bridgertte Layun. Jan 21, 2018 10:56 AM
@TAXorVAT,,,wa phapha wena cow
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SST Mahlangu Jan 21, 2018 10:55 AM
I understand my coach that we are work in progress but Kutumela proved himself to be average give others a chance as well Riyaard Norodien is waiting.Thembinkosi Lorch is our proven number 10.Lastly, some of our players are greedy and overcarriers of the ball can you please look at that but we are improving surely!
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Bhekanieee Jan 21, 2018 10:55 AM
Draw at home is not gud
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TAXorVAT Jan 21, 2018 10:53 AM
Not too bad. Its a promising work in progress. . . . Phela ge o lahlile o tla papatlwa ka 3 goals or so by RamaG and Co. #TSND!
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Hlasela_Khosi Jan 21, 2018 10:51 AM
We will relax on position 3 after MOERing BaroCOW Akere.
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Bhekanieee Jan 21, 2018 10:51 AM
I missed Ndou yersterday

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