MDC Update: Soweto Derby ends in stalemate
Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 19:59
Orlando Pirates came back from two goals down to earn a valuable point against rivals Kaizer Chiefs in a MultiChoice Diski match played at the Sinaba Stadium on Sunday.
The Young Buccaneers showed character and determination to claw their way back through the boot of Yusuf Maart and defender Brian Hlongwa.
The draw with Amakhosi sees the Buccaneers stretch their unbeaten run in the Multichoice Diski Challenge league to five games.
Playing in front of a packed Sinaba Stadium, Pirates used the opening minutes to try keep possession while Chiefs attackers opted to pile the pressure up high.
It was through that pressure that allowed Chiefs to take the lead (21st minute) albeit through the mistake of Katleho Molaba whose poor pass was intercepted by Itumeleng Shopane who toe poked the ball past the onrushing Tsebo Tsotetsi.
Chiefs doubled their advantage nine minutes later from a corner kick.
The second goal seemed to kick Pirates into gear as the youngsters began the fightback which is accustomed to the Mighty Buccaneers.
Head Coach Benson Mhlongo rang a change in the 35th minute, bringing on Lebogang Sentsho for Molaba.
Five minutes later, Bucs would pull one back off the boot of Yusuf Maart who curled home a well taken free-kick around the Chiefs wall.
Pirates almost made it 2-all two minutes later after some neat passing released left back Kamogelo Lechaba down the left flank. He played a pin-point cross for Grant Peters, but Bucs’ top scorer failed to capitalise on the chance by firing his shot narrowly wide.
The teams went into the break with Chiefs leading 2-1.
Both teams continued testing each other throughout the match but with no luck in front of goal for most part of the second half.
However, Pirates eventually levelled matters in the 90th minute when Brian Hlongwa slotted in the equaliser from a corner played in by Yanga Baliso.