Buccaneers’ title hopes dented with 1-1 draw against Free State Stars

2013-04-18 00:00

PHUTHADITJHABA — Free State Stars put another dent in Orlando Pirates’ PSL title aspirations last night, holding the defending league champions to a 1-1 draw at Charles Mopeli Stadium.

The result is Bucs’ sixth successive draw in the league and sees them miss out on a chance to significantly cut the gap to log leaders Kaizer Chiefs. As for Ea Lla Koto, the draw ends a run of three successive defeats.

On the half-hour mark Bucs had the first clear opening, with Onyekachi Okonkwo’s lob over the defence sending Mpho Makola through on goal, but with only Kennedy Mweene to beat he pulled his shot wide of the target.

On 32 minutes Ea Lla Koto punished some slack defending and broke the deadlock. Pirates dealt poorly with a corner kick and Paulus Masehe was left free to drive home a half-volley from a tight angle to make it 1-0.

Pirates started the second half brightly and Daine Klate threatened a couple of times, first curling a shot just off target and then a few minutes later shooting on target to force Mweene into a good save.

While Bucs had more of the ball in the second half, Stars remained dangerous on attack and Dove Wome almost doubled the home side’s advantage on 74 minutes with a low shot that flashed across the face of goal.

Four minutes later Pirates were handed something of a gift when Mpuqa was harshly penalised for hand-ball in the box, handing the visitors a spot kick. Substitute Collins Mbesuma converted the penalty to make it 1-1 with just over 10 minutes to play.


AmaZulu 1 — 0 Bloem Celtic

Chippa United 2 — 1 Moroka Swallows

Free State Stars 1 — 1 Orlando Pirates

Mamelodi Sundowns 1 — 1 University of Pretoria

Maritzburg Utd 2 — 2 Golden Arrows

Bidvest Wits 1 — 2 Platinum Stars

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