Pirates, SuperSport play to goalless stalemate

Pirates, SuperSport play to goalless stalemate
Thamsanqa Gabuza of Orlando Pirates challenged by Clayton Daniels of Supersport United during Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Orlando Pirates and Supersport United at Orlando Stadium Johannesburg South Africa on 05 December 2017 ©Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Dec 05, 2017. 21:32

Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United played out a 0-0 draw in their Absa Premiership match at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The match saw both teams waste numerous goal-scoring chances, with the final result leaving the Buccaneers third on the log - tied on points with Mamelodi Sundowns and Baroka - while Matsatsantsa are up to ninth.

SuperSport established themselves as the dominant force early in the game, though the first genuine attempt at goal came from Pirates’ Thamsanqa Gabuza, who shot wide of the near post following a set piece in the ninth minute.

Two minutes later United should have claimed the lead, with Bucs’ Jackson Mabokgwane unable to claim a cross which saw the ball fall at the feet of Jeremy Brockie, but the usually composed striker blasted his effort over the top from close range.

That incident set the tone for the rest of the first half, with Matsatsantsa dominant but unable to hit the back of the net. Brockie struck the woodwork in the 38th minute with an effort from a tight angle, while the rebound was put off target by Dean Furman.

And the best chance of the first stanza arrived just a couple of minutes before the break, as a poor defensive header from Gladwin Shitolo gave Clayton Daniels a glaring chance right in front of goal, but the United man somehow put his effort over the bar.

Pirates made a tactical switch early in the second half by withdrawing Riyaad Norodien and putting on Thabiso Kutumela, and the striker nearly broke the deadlock with a shot which flashed just wide in the 62nd minute.

With 15 minutes to play Bucs missed out on another great chance, as a poor goal kick from United ‘keeper Reyaad Pieterse handed Mpho Makola a sight of goal, but the midfielder dragged his low shot wide.

The final chance of the game went the way of former Pirates attacking midfielder Sifiso Myeni, who volleyed a dropping ball on the edge of the box and sent a low effort wide of the target in the 89th minute.

Orlando Pirates 0

SuperSport United 0

Pirates: Mabokgwane, Shitolo, Nyauza, Chabalala, Matlaba, Nyatama, Sangweni, Norodien (Kutumela 52’), Makola, Memela, Gabuza (Nkosi 90+3’)

SuperSport: Pieterse, Nhlapo, Daniels, Gould, Boateng, Furman, Letsholonyane (Mbule 75’), Phala, Mokoena (Mokeke 82’), Modiba (Myeni 63’), Brockie

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