Chiefs claim derby bragging rights

Keagan Dolly © Backpagepix

Kaizer Chiefs claimed the Soweto derby bragging rights after defeating Orlando Pirates 2-1 in a DStv Premiership clash at FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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Keagan Dolly scored two goals – one a late, decisive penalty – either side of an equaliser from Linda Mntambo to see the Amakhosi rise to fifth place on 15 points. The Buccaneers drop to seventh on 14 points.

Pirates came the closest to an early goal when Fortune Makaringe’s attempted cross from the left of the penalty area clipped the top of the crossbar in the 16th minute, with the visitors putting together some good passing patterns – though Chiefs were a constant threat on the counter attack.

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The Buccaneers continued to boss possession, but picking their way through the Amakhois’s defence was hard work, with centre-backs Daniel Cardoso and Eric Mathoho keeping tabs on the runs of lone striker Kwame Peprah.

Chiefs had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down by referee Victor Hlungwani, with Njabulo Ngcobo’s shot in a crowded penalty area clearly striking the hand of Thulani Hlatshwayo just past the half-hour mark.

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Neither side asserted any dominance through the remainder of the first half, with possession changing hands too often for any rhythm or spells of pressure to be generated, and it was no surprise the score line was still blank at the break.

Yet Pirates did have glimpses of goal either side of the break, with Makaringe missing out just before half time, while Peprah hit a low shot across the face from a tight angle mere seconds after the restart.

However, Chiefs soon capitalised on a poor mistake from Hlatshwayo and claimed the lead in the 49th minute. The Pirates captain tried a back-pass which only proved a perfect through ball for Khama Billiat to run onto, and he in turn teed up Keagan Dolly, who calmly stroked a shot beyond goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane for 1-0.

Bucs made four changes up to the 70th minute in an effort to shake things up, with Kabelo Dlamini, Bandile Shandu, Terrence Dzvukamanja and Tshegofatso Mabasa rising off the bench.

Yet the visiting team struggled to create any kind of genuine opening to get themselves back into the game. In fact, Chiefs should have doubled their lead when Billiat sprinted in behind the defence on 81 minutes, but he was denied one-on-one by Mpontshane.

Pirates kept plugging away and struck back to level at 1-1 on 87 minutes: Dlamini’s cross from the right saw Mabasa head on target and be denied by goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi, but Linda Mntambo latched onto the rebound and fired home.

The match looked set to end in a draw but in injury time Pirates conceded a silly penalty when defender Olisah Ndah pulled down Billiat. Dolly took the spot kick and completed a brace to secure a 2-1 win for the Amakhosi... and gave them the derby bragging rights.

The teams will return to DStv Premiership action after the impending international break, with Pirates away to Golden Arrows on Saturday 20 November and Chiefs visiting Maritzburg United the following day.

Kaizer Chiefs (0) 2 (Dolly 49’ 90+2’ pen)
Orlando Pirates (0) 1 (Mntambo 87’)

CHIEFS: Akpeyi, Nj. Ngcobo, Mathoho, Cardoso, Blom (Frosler 90+4’), Nange, Alexander (Akumu 67’), Mabaliso, Parker, Dolly (Sekgota 90+4’), Billiat

PIRATES: Mpontshane, Mabaso (Dzvukamanja 70’), Hlatshwayo, Ndah, Mako, Makhubela (Dlamini 60’), Makaringe, Monare (Ndlovu 83’), Hotto (Shandu 70’), Mntambo, Peprah (Mabasa 70’)