02/10/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/10/2019 02:26
Orlando Pirates' unbeaten run against perennial foes, Kaizer Chiefs continued on Saturday, after coming from behind to escape with a draw at the FNB Stadium in Soweto.
Second half goals by Daniel Cardoso from the spot and a late equalizer by Thembinkosi Lorch saw the two rivals take a point apiece in what was a highly tactical encounter.
Orlando Pirates captain almost cost his side as early as the third minute when a poor clearance saw the dangerous Khama Billiat picking up the ball to unleash a powerful strike which was fisted away for a corner by Wayne Sandilands.
The best opportunity of the opening half fell to Ben Motshwari after some brilliant work from Lorch who spotted the anchor-man's run who took too long to take the shot as Teenage Hadebe came to the rescue with a well-timed tackle.
Minutes later, Bernard Parker almost unexpectedly stole the lead after Sandilands took his time in getting off his line to collect a long ball as the striker shot into the danger area with a header that went just wide off target.
Parker was in the picture again in the 16th minute after doing well to cut in and unleash a wonder strike with his weaker foot which was fisted into the air by Sandilands. Billiat, who was patiently waiting for the ball attempted an ambitious overhead kick from the keeper's save but it lacked direction.
Pirates winger, Vincent Pule who had a quiet first half burst down the left flank to send a tantalising ball which was not well read by Justin Shonga as it went past the face of goal.
The hosts eventually got the opener in the 53rd minute after Billiat was brought down in the box by Asavela Mbekile for Cardoso to comfortably slot home. The Zimbabwean forward remained a threat to the visitors and almost doubled his side's lead after being found by a well-taken cross by Parker for his touch to go inches wide.
Sandilands had to remain on high alert against the Zimbabwean who again positioned himself in a good goal scoring opportunity but his low shot was well covered by the keeper.
Pule who hardly troubled the Chiefs defence should have done better in front of goal after doing well to control the ball with his chest in the danger area but his shot was way off target on the hour mark.
In search of the equaliser, the Buccaneers introduced Zambian international Augustine Mulenga who wasted no time in getting off his blocks. After beating a man, the striker sent a delightful ball into the box which found the head of Pule but his tame header was easily gathered by Daniel Akpeyi.
Mulenga gave the Nigerian keeper who was making his debut another test in the 75th minute with a well taken snap shot from the edge of the area but the Super Eagles number two had it well covered.
The Buccaneers managed to level matters with just 10 minutes left on the clock after a well threaded ball by Motshwari sent Thembinkosi Lorch through on goal who showed class and composure in going around the keeper to find the equalizer.
With the introduction of Willard Katsande by the hosts, Pirates also pulled off Shonga for Nyasha Munetsi as both sides looked to stabilize things in the middle of the park.
The approach from both sides became more cautions with both teams not willing to risk a point for the victory.
The last chance at goal fell for the hard working Billiat who's curler from the edge of the area in the dying seconds of additional time was comfortably saved by Sandilands as the two Soweto giants shared the spoils.
Chiefs will shift their focus to next week's Nedbank Cup against lower division side, The Magic while the Buccaneers head to Tunisia for their CAF Champions League return match against Esperance.