Orlando Pirates beat Platinum Stars 1-0 at the Orlando Stadium to ensure their title defence is on track ahead of ChiefsThe much anticipated clash of the night started slowly, but both teams gained momentum just after five minutes. Pirates should have taken the lead in the 6th minute through Dane Klate, after a telling cross from Happy Jele, but his attempt was too easy for Siya Mpotshane to save.
Dikwena were clearly missing Henrico Botes upfront, as they didn't really get to penetrate Bucs defence, but they had a decent shot on target in the 17th minute when Patrick Malokase tried his luck from distance.
Senzo Meyiwa was called to action on the half hour mark, after some sloppy defending from Pirates, and he did brilliantly by punching the ball to safety. However, Stars were unlucky a minute later, when Mogakolodi Ngele was denied by an upright with Meyiwa well beaten, and Thuso Phala blasted the rebound wide.
Pirates should have been awarded a penalty moments later, after Vuyo Mere's hand made contact with the ball but the referee waved play on.
Thabo Matlaba tested Mpotshane with a long range shot in the last five minutes of the first half, but the Platinum Stars keeper was equal to the task. Both sides couldn't find their goalscoring touch, and the score remained 0-0 at half time.
Pirates continued to search for that important goal in the opening minutes of the second half, and it was Matlaba again with a long range shot that was brilliantly saved by the Stars stopper.
Pirates deservedly took the lead in the 52nd minute after an excellent piece of play from Thandani Ntshumayelo, who played the ball behind Dikwena's defence to Daine Klate who had an easy tap in to give Pirates a 1-0 lead.
Pirates played with more confidence, and Takesure Chinyama did well to beat a few players infront of him, and chipped the ball to Klate who couldn't control his shot from an awkward angle.
Dikwena thought they had taken the lead in the 70th minute, but Meyiwa cleared the ball off the line. Pirates caught Stars with a counter attack, and Matlaba shot the wrong side of the framework with Mpotshane well beaten.
Stars' Thabani Mthembu should have done better with four minutes on the clock. He ballooned his shot over the bar.
In the end the defending champions walked away victorious, and maintain their perfect run in 2013.