The Pirates plundered victory against the Chiefs, so their title dream is still on...Orlando Pirates beat Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 in an Absa Premiership clash at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park.
Katlego Mashego scored a brace for the Buccaneers. As a result of the win, Pirates have closed the gap to log leaders SuperSport United to three points with two league games remaining.
Pirates started as the more lively of the two sides and Thulasizwe Mbuyane should have scored the opening goal in the second minute, when he was gifted the ball after a poor pass sideways by Chiefs defender Dominic Isaacs. Mbuyane went one-on-one with goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, but he played the ball wide of goal.
A minute later, Buccaneers striker Mashego got a golden opportunity to score after some fine work by Teko Modise, but his shot from the edge of the box flew high over the crossbar.
Pirates continued to dominate with Modise delivering a fine ball from the left flank to Mbuyane, who, from around the penalty spot, hoofed the ball high into the stands. The finishing from both sides was truly disappointing, and neither side came close to goal after the early stages of the half.
At the beginning of the half Amakhosi coach Muhsin Ertugral decided to bring on striker Jose Torrealba for the ineffective winger Arthur Zwane with Nale moving to the right. But it was again Pirates that were unlucky not to score when a well-taken free kick from the left by Modise battered the right goal post.
Chiefs began to play a bit better with above all Torrealba doing a fine job after coming on. It was the Venezuelan striker who got Amakhosi’s first chance to score in the second half, but his snap shot flew just wide of goal.
Pirates finally got their well-deserved goal in the 71th minute when a Modise cross from the left was easily tapped in from close range by Mashego, making it 1-0.
Chiefs reacted quickly however, and an own goal by Lucas Thwala, after a cross from the right by Torrealba saw Pirates’ back on level terms. The goal was unfortunate for the hard working Bafana defender, as a clearance bounced of the player and into his goal.
Pirates left it late, but they eventually secured the three points with Mashego’s second goal in 85th minute, after substitute Mthembu’s shot was blocked by Khune. The ball then bounced in front of Mashego, who finished well.
The Buccaneers deserved the win and if it wasn’t for poor finishing they could have done even better. The pressure is now on SuperSport as the leaders feel the breath of Pirates right behind them.
Goals: Mashego (2) (Pirates), Thwala (og) (Chiefs)
Orlando Pirates (4-4-2): Josephs; Mahamutsa, Makita, Thwala, Lekgwathi; Mabalane, Mhlongo, Kamwendo, Modise; Mashego, Mbuyane (Mthembu 64’)
Kaizer Chiefs (4-4-2): Khune; Ntuka, Isaacs, Nahayo, Bhasera; Zwane (Torrealba 46’), Nengomasha, Mathebula (Dladla 67’), Tshabalala (Sibeko 79’); Nale, Motaung Jr
Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com