PSL wrap: Chiefs, Pirates upsets

2011-09-29 00:00

TWO goals in the first half from Collins Mbesuma and Musa Bilankulu saw Golden Arrows upset Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 in an Absa Premiership league match played at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday evening.

After a long throw-in was delivered into the box, Thomas Sweswe only managed to head the ball clear to the edge of the 18-yard area where Dillon Sheppard got a shot on goal.

Amakhosi keeper, Itumeleng Khune, made a good initial save diving low to his left, but he palmed the ball straight into the path of Collins Mbesuma who pounced on the rebound to give his side the lead, 1-0.

Amakhosi were unable to create any real clear-cut chances on goal. Instead, their only real shot on goal was an outrageous effort from Tefu Mashamaite in the 22nd minute.

Four minutes later, however, and the home side saw themselves going a second goal behind, again because of some slack marking.

Sheppard whipped a venomous in-swinging corner into the box and Musa Bilankulu got his head to the ball, ahead of the defence, at the front post, flicking it into the goal, 2-0.

The start of the second half saw Vladimir Vermezovic make an immediate change replacing Josta Dladla with George Lebese and it paid off right away.

Only seven minutes after the restart and Lebese pulled a goal back for Chiefs after a left foot cross from Jimmy Jambo was deflected and fell to the substitute just inside the 18-yard box and he made no mistake powerfully driving the ball into the top left-hand corner, 2-1.The rest of the half saw Arrows sitting back in defence trying to defend their lead and thanks to some poor finishing by Chiefs they were able to hold onto it.

Meanwhile, Orlando Pirates’ recent lacklustre form continued on Wednesday night when they went down 1-0 at the hands of Free State Stars at the Charles Mopeli Stadium.

It is the Buccaneers’ third defeat of the season (equal to the amount they lost throughout all of the last campaign) and coach Julio Leal will already be coming under severe pressure.

The match itself was a tame affair, with few goal scoring chances for either team. Stars looked the likelier scorers in the dying minutes and finally broke the deadlock in injury time through a free kick from Noah Chivuta.

In other PSL clashes last night, bottom-of the-league Jomo Cosmos drew 0-0 with Bidvet Wits, while Santos were also held to a 1-1 draw by newly-promoted Black Leopards.

SuperSport United maintained their unbeaten record in the Absa Premiership when they held on for a 1-1 draw against Moroka Swallows at Dobsonville Stadium.

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