Saturday Mar 05, 2022. 17:35
Kaizer Chiefs have claimed the Soweto derby bragging rights for the 2021/22 season after they defeated Orlando Pirates 2-1 at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The result sees the Amakhosi complete a league ‘double’ after defeating the Buccaneers by the same score line back in November, while their push to finish second behind runaway leaders Mamelodi Sundowns has received a major boost with the three points.
The teams cancelled each other out for the opening quarter hour, before Chiefs threatened the opening goal via a fine cross from Bernard Parker which was just beyond the long reach of Eric Mathoho.
The Amakhosi then claimed the lead in the 18th minute, with Khama Billiat and Bernard Parker doing well to tee up Reeve Frosler to strike home a beautiful shot from just outside the box, with his swerving effort too powerful for goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane to keep out.
Pirates almost came up with an immediate reply, as Thembinkosi Lorch crossed from the right to pick out Kwame Peprah, but the striker put his effort just the wrong side of the near post.
The Ghanaian had another chance a few minutes after the half-hour mark, cutting inside from the left to get away a low shot from the edge of the box, but Brandon Petersen made a comfortable save.
By this stage Pirates were making most of the play and pushing for an equaliser, with Peprah getting onto an excellent cross from Deon Hotto to net with a diving header in the 39th minute – but the offside flag ruled out his effort.
Chiefs also suffered an injury blow at the same time, with Billiat withdrawn with what seemed to be a hamstring strain, and midfielder Kearyn Baccus came off the bench to take his place.
The half-time interval arrived with the team in gold and black enjoying a 1-0 lead, though the Buccaneers had seen plenty of the ball and shown enough in attack to suggest that the match remained very much in the balance.
Both teams opted for changes at the start of the second half, with Pirates swapping out Ben Motshwari for Abel Mabaso in midfield, while Chiefs withdrew Lebogang Manyama and introduced Leonardo Castro to give them a more conventional spearhead in attack.
The team in black and white drew level on 54 minutes, with a quick counter attack seeing Lorch put Thabang Monare in in goal: the midfielder’s effort from the left of the penalty area had the beating of Petersen and may well have gone in, but Peprah was on hand to tap home from close range – albeit with a strong suggestion of offside – to make it 1-1.
Chiefs suffered a further injury blow just before the hour mark when Castro went down after appearing to pull his left hamstring. Kgaogelo Sekgota replaced the Colombian.
Pirates threatened to take the lead on 73 minutes when Olisa Ndah headed a teasing ball across the face of goal, but Petersen did well to deflect it away from the path of Peprah at the far post.
The Amakhosi, who had offered little in attack through the second half, reclaimed the ascendancy with just under 10 minutes of regulation time remaining, as Dolly’s superb corner kick delivery was glanced home at the near post by Mathoho to put the visitors 2-1 up.
Pirates almost fought back for a second time, with Ndah rattling the woodwork with a header back across goal in the 84th minute, while Petersen made a magnificent save deep in injury time to keep out a shot from Terrence Dzvukamanja, leaving Chiefs to see out the game and claim a hard-earned victory.
Pirates will return to DStv Premiership action with a match at home to SuperSport United on Wednesday 16 March, while Chiefs’ next league clash is at home to Golden Arrows on Saturday 19 March.
Orlando Pirates (0) 1 (Peprah 54’)
Kaizer Chiefs (1) 2 (Frosler 18’, Mathoho 81’)
Pirates: Mpontshane, Shandu, Nyauza, Ndah, Mako, Monare (Lepasa 87’), Motshwari (Mabaso 46’), Dlamini (Mntambo 77’), Lorch, Hotto, Peprah (Dzvukamanja 90’)
Chiefs: Petersen, Nj. Ncgobo (Dube 79’), Mathoho, Cardoso, Blom, Nange (Mphahlele 79’), Parker, Manyama (Castro 46’ [Sekgota 63’]), Frosler, Dolly, Billiat (Baccus 39’)