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Bucs walk off with derby honours 01/05/04
Orlando Pirates gained revenge for an early season league defeat by Kaizer Chiefs when they ran out 1-0 winners over the Amakhosi at a packed FNB Stadium  on Saturday afternoon.

Pirates thoroughly deserved their win as they took the game to Chiefs from the outset, fought hard to win possession back and created more chances throughout the afternoon.

It was the Bucs who applied the early pressure and captain Papi Khomane came close to scoring with a header from a Joseph Makhanya corner in the second minute.

A minute later Lebohang Mokoena had a chance to write his name into Soweto derby history when a deflected shot from Bheka Phakati fell to him inside the box, but the young striker was not able to get his left-footed shot on target.

In the eigth minute an excellent defense-splitting ball down the right flank from Steve Lekoelea, who looked up for the occasion in the early minutes, put Phakati through on goal, but Amakhosi goal keeper Brian Baloyi did well to close down the angle and block the shot.

In the 12th minute, Jabu Mendu, who was starting in the place of John 'Shoes' Moshoeu, made a surging run through the Bucs defence but he was just not able to control the ball well enough to fashion  a shot as he entered the 18-yard box.

Makhanya had a chance to score in the 24th minute when Benedict Vilakazi set him up for a shot inside the box, but he dragged his effort wide from an acute angle.

'Duku-Duku' had another opportunity a few minutes later when he cut in from the left, but yet again his parting shot was off target.

In the 39th minute Collins Mbesuma came agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock when he rose well to meet a cross from Tinashe Nengomashe, but the ball just eluded him and Bucs keeper Thabang Radebe was able to gather.
 
Shortly afterwards Phakathi had the also had an aerial chance when Mokoena's cross picked him out inside the box, but the former Golden Arrows skipper headed over the crossbar.

The teams went into the break with the match still goalless.

Shortly after the restart Cyrille Nzama nearly became the villain of the day for Chiefs when he came close to scoring in his own net as he attempted to dispossess a goal-bound Mokoena.

Pirates continued to create chances and in the 50th minute they should have taken the lead when the ball was played into Lekoelea's path just 12 yards out from goal, but 'Chippa' dragged the ball just wide of Baloyi's left upright.

They finally made their pressure pay off, when in the 52nd minute Mokoena played a square ball across the box which picked out Makhanya at the far post and he made no mistake as he slid home his left-footed shot from 10 yards out.

In the 64th minute Nzama did well to meet a free-kick from Junior Khanye with a powerful header, but the ball flew wide of goal.

Just after this Nengomashe tried his luck from range - the shot was well struck but Radebe did well to get down to his left and make the save.

As the game moved into the final 10 minutes Bucs seemed content to sit on their lead and get everyone behind the ball to defend, allowing Chiefs to go in search of an equaliser.

With the game deep in injury time Khanye almost scored the vital equaliser for Amakhosi, but his deflected shot rolled just wide of the upright.

The whistle blew shortly afterwards, giving Bucs a famoys victory. The win sees them move above Wits on the log, while Chiefs are still comfortably at the top - five points clear of Ajax Cape Town.

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