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Pirates Drop Points In Soweto Derby

Orlando Pirates missed the chance to close in on second place in the DStv Premiership after their 1-1 draw with Moroka Swallows at Dobsonville Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The point shared was down to individual errors, with Swallows opening the scoring through Lindokuhle Mtshali after a goalkeeping error from Sipho Chaine.

It was scored against the run of play, with Pirates, dominating more than 70% possession throughout but Daniel Akpeyi was rather comfortable in the opening half.

There was some glaring officiating errors with a penalty call dismissed and a goal disallowed for offside from Thalante Mbatha which the visitors could feel aggrieved by.

But they did get the equaliser before those two separate incidents with a neat passage of play leading to Thabiso Lebitso serving Patrick Maswanganyi with a pin-point cutback for the Bafana Bafana midfielder to slot him with conviction past a diving Akpeyi in goal.

For all Pirates superiority in possession, Swallows managed to otherwise limit their scoring chances and secured a vital point for their bid for survival.

The Dube Birds are in 13th place, 11 points off the relegation play-off spot occupied by 15th-placed Richards Bay, while they are 15 points ahead of the automatic drop zone, with Cape Town Spurs still reeling after another defeat, this time 1-0 to Chippa United.

Pirates remain in fifth place with 34 points after 22 games, four points behind second-placed Stellenbosch and 15 behind league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, with the top two sides having games in hand over the Buccaneers.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.