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  • 29 March 2014
  • • 18:00
  • • Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg, GA
  • Referee: Z. Mthetho
  • • Attendance: 11000

Orlando Pirates 1-0 Moroka Swallows: Tlou nets as Buccaneers cement fourth spot

Orlando Pirates 1-0 Moroka Swallows: Tlou nets as Buccaneers cement fourth spot

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Tlou Segolela netted the only goal of the game as Orlando Pirates edged Soweto Rivals Moroka Swallows to climb back up to fourth in the Premiership standings on Saturday

Segolela bagged his first league goal of the season just 12 minutes in as the Buccaneers saw out the rest of the game and record a second win over Swallows is less than a month, which pleased a boisterous Orlando Stadium.

Pirates had momentarily slipped down to fifth after Platinum Stars beat Maritzburg United earlier in the day, but Vladimir Vermezovic's men did enough to hand the Serbian boss his second league victory since taking charge of Pirates, his first also coming against Swallows on March 12.

Pirates did the majority of the early attacking with lone striker Lennox Bacela forcing a good save from goalkeeper Greg Etafia inside 10 minutes, after breaking the defensive line and working his way into a dangerous position in front of goal.

The hosts were making inroads and soon took the lead through Segolela, who rounded-off a superb attack and nodded home the opener in the 12th minute.

Thabo Matlaba was spotted out wide and Oupa Manyisa delivered an inviting ball over the top, which Matlaba controlled, cut inside and got a shot away at goal.

Etafia made a good stop, but unfortunately knocked the ball straight into the path of Segolela, who was quickest to the rebound and bulged the net with a delicate headed finish.

Buccaneers' goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was enjoying a quiet evening between the posts and was rarely troubled. Siyabonga Nomvethe was the only Swallows attacker to have an opportunity midway through the half, but saw his chance quickly fade away as Meyiwa made a solid stop.

The Sea Robbers continued to push for a second goal after the half-time break, as Matlaba again threatened Etafia's goal, before Felix Obada had a shot of his own, but failed to test Meyiwa at the other end.

Swallows found themselves camped out in their own half for much of the game and although under pressure, did well to stay in the game with some gallant defence as Pirates were left frustrated.

Nomvethe still proved to be Swallows' main attacking threat and an effort 13 minutes from time kept Pirates on their toes, but cleared the danger to keep their narrow lead intact.

The Birds had their best chance of the game fall to Lerato Chabangu three minutes from the end, but the Bafana Bafana international squandered a golden opportunity from dead in front.