Sat Nov 22 12:12:24 SAST 2014

Soweto giants shine

Nov 12, 2012 | STAFF REPORTERS |

KAIZER Chiefs and Orlando Pirates' devotees went to bed last Saturday with smiles on their faces after their teams recorded crucial wins to maintain their pursuit for the Absa Premiership title.

CHASING GAME: Pirates Sifiso Myeni chases Stars' Lehlohonolo Thebakang. Picture by Gallo Images

Amakhosi triumphed 2-1 over SuperSport United at Peter Mokaba Stadium, while Bucs saw off Free State Stars 1-0 in Soweto.

A brace from striker Lehlohonolo Majoro provided the sharp end of another slickly coordinated team effort from the Chiefs side, reports MARC STRYDOM from the swanky Polokwane venue.

Chiefs were the more constructive attacking team, though it took focus and effort to utilise the measured creativity coach Stuart Baxter has instilled in the well-organised United side.

A vicious storm was a leveller in a first half, which ended a goal apiece. But in the second Chiefs turned on the style and probed openings, one of which led to Majoro's winner. The form of his strikers has been one of the eye-catching aspects of Baxter's return to SA football in the hotseat of the country's biggest club.

Chiefs, who finished trophyless last season, were a far more cohesive outfit than they were under tactless Serb Vladimir Vermezovic.

The big storm that had hit the afternoon matches in Joburg arrived in Polokwane just in time for kickoff, sending fans in the open stand running for cover.

Of course, the driving rain made things pretty tough on the field too.

Chances were hard to come by, but when one arrived in the 21st minute, United defence seemed to need windscreen wipers as they lost sight of Siphiwe Tshabalala and Majoro.

Tshabalala was left in space on the left and his cross found Majoro free for an easy finish past Ronwen Williams.

Chiefs moved the new Katlego Africa Cup of Nations ball around Peter Mokaba's smooth surface well and looked the more dangerous side. But Matsatsantsa levelled the scores with a goal out of nowhere in the 32nd by the mercurial Kermit Erasmus.

Sibusiso Zuma laid the ball off to the left edge of the area and Erasmus hit a first-time RPG grenade past Itumeleng Khune.

By the start of the second half the rain had subsided and play became more open. Amakhosi piled on the pressure.

Something had to give and in the 65th minute Majoro slid onto the end of Mulomowandau Mathoho's chip for an insurance goal.

At Orlando Stadium, KGOMOTSO SETHUSHA writes, the Pirates's desperation to regain their top spot on the Premiership table was not evident.

A superb Sifiso Myeni goal, on the stroke of half-time, separated the two sides following what was hardly an exciting encounter.

Though they will be content with the three points, the feeling is that the Buc sailed very close to the wind and could have well dropped two invaluable points at home.

Other PSL results: Platinum Stars 2, BidVest Wits 1; Maritzburg United 1, Golden Arrows 0; University of Pretoria 1, Mamelodi Sundowns 1.

English Premier League: Man Utd 3, Aston Villa 2; Everton 2, Sunderland 1; West Brom 2, Wigan 1; Stoke 1, QPR 0; Arsenal 3, Fulham 3; Southampton 1, Swansea 1; Reading 0, Norwich 0.

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