Orlando Pirates moved up to the fourth in the DStv Premiership when they beat Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 in Saturday’s Soweto derby.
Orlando Pirates 2-1 Kaizer Chiefs
Pirates won bragging rights in the Soweto derby as they beat Chiefs 2-1 at the Orlando Stadium.
Chiefs could have been in the lead in the 19th minute through Lebogang Manyama, with Pirates unable to clear their lines, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo did well to pounce on the ball ahead of Richard Ofori and set Manyama up, but he shot wide.
It was a first half of nearly’s, for both teams, and while there were opportunities to open the score, neither team were seizing them when they came along.
That is until the 38th minute, when Thembinkosi Lorch pounced on a backward header from Reeve Frosler, and while Daniel Akpeyi made an initial stop at the edge of the box, the ball ran free and Lorch re-gathered it and scored his first of the season to give Pirates the advantage at half-time.
Five minutes into the second half Chiefs were awarded a penalty when substitute Happy Mashiane was fouled by Ben Motshwari just inside the box. Samir Nurkovic stepped up to take the spot kick but Ofori made a big save. Siyabonga Ngezana could have scored on the follow up but somehow missed the target.
Things just didn’t look to be going Chiefs way, and their poor fortune continued as Mashiane shot just wide in the 65th minute.
Pirates had a penalty turned down in the 70th minute when Vincent Pule went down in the box, much to the ire of the Pirates players. Three Buccaneers were booked for protesting.
Siphesihle Ndlovu made it two for Pirates in the 80th minute after excellent work from Paseka Mako to set him up.
An unmarked Daniel Cardoso headed a goal in for Chiefs in the 85th minute, from a Willard Katsande cross, to set up a nerve-wracking last few minutes, as Gavin Hunt’s team pressed for an equaliser.