MATCH CENTRE

SAT 30 JANUARY 2016, 15:30, FNB STADIUM

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Bucs, Chiefs play to 1-1 stalemate

by BackPageTXT

Sat January 30, 17:30

Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs played to a 1-1 stalemate in their Absa Premiership derby at FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Willard Katsande opened the scoring in favour of the Amakhosi in the first half, but the Buccaneers were the better team after the break and found an equaliser from the head of Thamsanqa Gabuza.

The game came to life just past the 20 minute mark when Chiefs nearly opened the scoring, with Camaldine Abraw heading wide of the far post after getting on the end of a cross from the right flank by Siphiwe Tshabalala.

On 25 minutes Pirates thought they had opened the scoring when Edwin Gyimah headed home a free kick from Thabo Qalinge, but the referee controversially ruled it out as the latter player had sent in his cross before the whistle blew.

Three minutes later the Amakhosi broke the deadlock. A Tshabalala corner kick was knocked down to the far post by the head of Erick Mathoho, allowing Willard Katsande to control the ball before beating goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo with a low shot.

Chiefs created the better opportunities in the remainder of the first half, but William Twala and Abraw were both unable to find the back of the net, leaving the match 1-0 in favour of the team in gold and black at the interval.

Pirates threatened an equaliser early in the second half, with Itumeleng Khune called upon to make an excellent finger-tip save to keep out a long-range drive from Thandani Ntshumayelo, while the Chiefs goalkeeper also came under pressure at a number of corner kicks and free kicks.

Bucs coach Eric Tinkler made two changes past the hour mark, sending on Mpho Makola and Sifiso Myeni to try and give his team more creativity and penetration, and there was a sense that something would give eventually.

On 69 minutes the team in black restored parity, with a long throw-in from Ayanda Gcaba glanced just inside the far post by Thamsanqa Gabuza to make it 1-1. The goal was a double for Chiefs, as Khune twisted his ankle at the same time and had to be replaced by Reyaad Pieterse.

The remainder of the game saw the teams exchange little more than half chances and it was no surprise to see the teams level when the final whistle blew.

Orlando Pirates (0) 1 (Gabuza 69’)
Kaizer Chiefs (1) 1 (Katsande 28’)

Pirates: Mhlongo, Mahamutsa, Gyimah, Gcaba, Matlaba, Rakhale (Masuku 83’), Sarr, Ntshumayelo (Makola 63’), Qalinge, Majoro (Myeni 65’), Gabuza

Chiefs: Khune (Pieterse 72’), Gaxa, Mathoho, Gordinho, Masilela, Katsande, Letsholonyane, Twala (Lebese 72’), Maluleka, Tshabalala, Abraw (Mthembu 81’)

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH FNB STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS KAIZER CHIEFS GOALS
31. Thamsanqa Gabuza (69') 31. Willard Katsande (28')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
4 2
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP KAIZER CHIEFS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
28'
16
Goalkeeper
72'
32
Defender
90 + 2'
2
Defender
81'
3
Defender
28
26
Defender
8
Defender
5
Midfielder
17
Defender
24
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
12
Midfielder
25'
15
6
Midfielder
83'
25
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
63'
6
Midfielder
28'
31
Forward/Striker
65'
45
Midfielder
72'
0
Forward/Striker
64'
69'
31
Forward/Striker
81'
9
SUBSTITUTIONS
Mpho Makola
Midfielder
63'
5
George Lebese
Midfielder
72'
17
Sifiso Myeni
Midfielder
65'
11
Riyaad Pieterse
Goalkeeper
72'
1
Menzi Masuku
Forward/Striker
83'
26
Siphelele Mthembu
Forward/Striker
81'
20
CARDS
Thabo Qalinge
Midfielder
25'
15
Erick Mathoho
Defender
81'
3
Brighton Mhlongo
Goalkeeper
28'
16
George Lebese
Midfielder
89'
17
Thamsanqa Gabuza
Forward/Striker
64'
31
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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