Bucs tighten hold on trophy after win over United

2011-03-03 00:00

ORLANDO Pirates intensified their top spot on the Absa Premiership table with a 3-1 victory over Maritzburg United in an Absa Premiership match played at Orlando Stadium last night.

The phenomenal Ndumiso Mabena who opened the scoring for Pirates in the 36th minute, before Tlou Segolela and Isaac Chansa scored the second and third in the second half.

Maritzburg United got their consolation goal in the shape of Rudolph Bester.

It was all Pirates in the first half as they kept it tight at the back and created a lot of opportunities to take the lead, but poor finishing from their strikers meant no goals.

Maritzburg United’s keeper Shu Aib Walters pulled off a classy save from Katlego Mashego’s free kick in the 12th minute, and in the 14th minute Ndumiso Mabena was close with a screamer that flew over the bar.

Bester, Gert Schalkwyk and Kurt Leintjies who have been pillars of strength in the midlands side’s set up were kept under wraps by Rooi Mahamutsa and company in Pirates’ defence.

United’s coach, Ernest Middendorp, was forced to make an early change, replacing the injured Byrone Hendricks with Bevan Fransch in the 25th minute.

Ultimately, Pirates’ efforts were rewarded when Ndumiso Mabeba connected with a Katlego Mashego corner kick in the 36th minute.

Indeed, Maritzburg United coach Ernest Middendorp introduced Diyi Sibisi in place of Felix Obada after the break, and Sibisi seemed like a tonic the Team of Choice needed.

After combining with Gert Schalkwyk, Sibisi laid the ball to Rudolph Bester, who beat Senzo Meyiwa with a beautiful tap in to put his side on level terms in the 49th minute.

Tlou Segolela put the stadium into frenzy with a beautiful goal in the 87th minute before setting up Issac Chansa in the 91st minute to put the game beyond Maritzburg United’s reach.

Ajax Cape Town’s hopes of winning a first Absa Premiership title were dealt a blow on yesterday afternoon as they were beaten 2-0 by Bidvest Wits in Johannesburg — a defeat by the Clever Boys that prevented their moving into the top spot (if only temporarily)

Mamelodi Sundowns are right back in contention for the title after a 2-0 win away to relegation-threatened Mpumalanga Black Aces at the Mbombela Stadium.

The Brazilians scored their goals through Matthew Pattison and Katlego Mphela, while AmaZayoni played nearly two thirds of the match with ten men, but still put up a respectable performance.

Golden Arrows’ winless streak in the league stretched to a seventh game after they were held to a 3-3 draw by Platinum Stars at the Chatsworth Stadium.

Abafana Bes’thende twice took the lead in the first half but needed a late penalty from substitute Songwe Chalwe to take the score to 3-3 and claim a share of the spoils in a thrilling league game.

Santos’ downward spiral of form in 2011 continued as they lost 1-0 to Celtic at the Athlone Stadium.

Moroka Swallows slipped further into the relegation battle at the bottom of the league table when they were beaten 2-0 by SuperSport United at Loftus stadium.

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