Bucs see off Birds

  Orlando Pirates defeated Moroka Swallows 1-0 in a Soweto derby clash at the Orlando Stadium in Saturday’s ABSA Premiership action.

A 12th minute goal from Tlou Segolela was enough to hand coach Vladimir Vermezovic his third win since joining the club and a double over the Birds, with his debut coming in a 1-0 win at the self-same Birds a few weeks ago.

“We didn’t do well but it’s important that we won. We were a bit lucky, but it’s part of the game,” Vermezovic said post-match.

“It was a game of two halves. First half we used their weaknesses and that played to our advantage. In the second half, I don’t know what happened, we have to analyse it. I’m a coach that likes to attack but we didn’t do well.” Vermezovic added.

Swallows coach Zeca Marques believes that the ball just didn’t fall for them on the day.

“I agree with VV (Vermezovic) about luck, when it’s not with you, the game will be lost. Football is not fair. You have to make it count. We have lots of motivation and the performance proves it, Overall it was a great match, credit to Pirates. We were with them always.” he said.

The win moves Pirates up to fourth place, a point ahead of Platinum Stars while Swallows sunk further into the dreaded axe.

Platinum Stars, on the other hand, managed to grind out a 2-1 win over Maritzburg United at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, with goals coming via Siphelele Mthembu, Mahlatse Makudubela and Terance Mandaza respectively to strengthen their chances to defend their MTN8 crown next season.

An early Sthembiso Ngcobo header steered Bidvest Wits to a 1-0 win over the troubled Golden Arrows at the King Zwelithini Stadium.

The win keep alive their title aspirations despite their coach Gavin Hunt alluding a week ago that they were out of the running.

In the relegation battle, Polokwane City and Free State Stars played to a 1-1 draw at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, with goals coming in the space of two minutes from Bokang Tlaloane and Luyolo Nomandela respectively.

In Friday’s action, Black Aces continued their impressive vein of form with a 2-0 win over Ajax Cape Town at the Athlone Stadium.

Zimbabwean Tendai Ndoro netted both goals.

Results

Fri 28 Mar

Ajax 0-2 Aces

Sat 29 Mar

Pl Stars 2-1 Maritzburg

Pirates 1-0 Swallows

Arrows 0-1 Bidvest

Polokwane 1-1 FS Stars

By Edward May

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