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Chiefs & Pirates: Share the spoils

Chiefs & Pirates: Share the spoils

The Soweto derby ended all square as Lehlohonolo Majoro's second-half goal cancelled out Collins Mbesuma's first-half strike at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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90 000 fans witnessed a scrappy affair as Pirates edged out their fiercest rivals in the opening stanza before Amakhosi responded with a much-improved second-half display with the draw probably a fair result. But Bucs boss Roger de Sa would have thought otherwise after seeing a second Mbesuma goal incorrectly ruled out for offside.

Bernard Parker had the first real chance of the match after 10 minutes with a snapshot he fired high and wide of the target before Oupa Manyisa tried his luck with an effort that was closed down, after being released through on goal by Mbesuma.

And it was the former Chiefs man Mbesuma who opened the scoring after some neat interplay with Andile Jali in the middle of the park. Mbesuma played a good one-two with Jali after stealing the ball off Siphiwe Tshabalala before racing towards goal to latch onto a superb through ball before striking the ball past Itumeleng Khune into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

Chiefs looked to hit back almost immediately but Majoro was bundled off the ball as he tried to take a pinpoint Reneilwe Letsholonyane pass in his stride.

Sifiso Myeni then did well to work some space for himself on the left flank and get his cross in, but he could only finds the arms of Khune.

A whipped in Myeni free-kick from the left then almost found Lekgwathi, but the stalwart defender couldn't get on the end of the pass as the ball flew narrowly wide of the target.

Daine Klate came to his side's rescue as he cleared a Majoro shot from the edge of the box off the line following a Tshabalala corner.

Senzo Meyiwa then made the save of the match to deny Tshabalala from a free-kick that was heading into the top right-hand corner of the net. The keeper watched the ball all the way before getting a strong to palm the ball over the crossbar.

Mbesuma then had the ball in the back of the net on 38 minutes but was adjudged to have been offside despite picking up the ball from a Chiefs player.

Chiefs began to play some sweeping expansive football as they went in search of an equaliser with Willard Katsande coming close with a long-range effort that didn't miss the target by much.

Khune then showed his class as he got both hands to the ball to deny Klate with a driven effort across the goalkeeper while Tlou Segolela blasted over from close range after some slack defending from the resultant corner.

Both sides came out firing in the second half with Majoro closest to adding to the scoreline as he broke into the box but Meyiwa was first to the ball as Manyisa smashed over from the edge of the box.

Eric Mathoho was next to force Meyiwa into a save with a rasping shot while Parker really should have scored with a header that flew over the target after he found himself unmarked in the box.

Majoro whipped in a great cross from the right as Chiefs upped the ante in search of a goal but there was no one in the box to get a head to the ball.

And the goal finally came as Majoro played a one-two with substitute George Lebese to the left of goal before beating Siyabonga Sangweni and rifling the ball into the bottom right corner of the net.

Klate also should have scored after being put clean through on goal but he tried to place his pass across the goal and Tsepo Masilela was there to hoof clear.

Masilela smashed a volley over the Bucs goal before substitute Benni McCarthy, who had only been on the pitch a few minutes, almost produced a moment of magic as he hit a bicycle just over the bar.

McCarthy then headed just over after latching on to a Mathoho cross from the right after of a moment of indecision from another substitute Thulasizwe Mbuyane. But McCarthy dallied on the ball and eventually opted to lay the ball off allowing Chiefs to rally round and clear the danger for the last real chance of the match.

Posted: 08/12/12 16:22

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