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Orlando Pirates Sink City



Orlando Pirates beat Manchester City 2-0 thanks to a Lucas Thwala spot kick and a fantastic long shot from Phenyo Mongale as the Pirates cruised to victory in the opening game of the Vodacom Challenge at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, South Africa.

The game started brightly for both sides sporting their new 09/10 season kits, City fielding a number of youngsters and fringe players.

Both teams lacked in the final third as they battled it out in midfield, City's captain for the day Stephen Ireland working tirelessly in the engine room.

Bojinov had City's best opportunity of the game, the Bulgarian's powerful shot parried away by the Pirates keeper.

As the first half wore on into the late stages, it was the Orlando Pirates who took the lead.

Defender Ben Mee was adjudged to have fouled Frank Olivier in the box and the referee had no hesitation in awarding the Pirates a penalty, which was coolly converted by Lucas Thwala.

The second half saw the introduction of Benjani and Vidal as City looked to overcome the 1-0 deficit.

Before City could find their feet, Pirates substitute Peter Mongale floated in a wonderful goal in the 55th minute from the left side of the box, Taylor helpless against the precise angle.

Hughes's side faded away after that bitter blow and the Pirates could have added another late on as they struck the woodwork.

A good performance from the Pirates as they celebrate Nelson Mandela's birthday with a fine victory.

City have a lot to improve on, although they can take a few positives away, including a fine performance from academy graduate Weiss.

Vital Manchester City member Andrew (Blueheart RSA) sent us this exclusive photo from the Vodacom Challenge game in Polokwane, South Africa.

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Full Time: Orlando Pirates 2 Manchester City 0

Goals: Thwala 41` (pen) Mogale 55`

Orlando Pirates: Josephs, Thwala, Makonese, Lekgwathi, Mahamutsa, Mabalane, Chenene, Mthembu, Jali, Olivier, Kiaku.

Manchester City: Taylor, Zabaleta, Ben-Haim, Mee, Garrido, Weiss, Ireland, Johnson, Bojinov, Petrov, Bellamy.

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Date:Saturday July 18 2009

Time: 4:25PM

Your Comments

First lesson in creating a football team, money is not the only thing...
Lindy
umm Lindy, we didnt even play Robinho, Tevez, RSC or Barry. Our defense was let by Tal Ben-Haim for gods sake! The only importance this game had was looking at fringe players and youth players and getting injured players fit again.
eighthsin
I caught the secong half and i wasnt impressed. Players didnt look sharp or fit. Only thing that kept me entertained was weiss close controll and dribbling (weiss had a average game). I think he can snatch swp's place next season.
enzo city
thanks fot your insight lindy do you work for the man yoo mirrior?
mcfcirish
You Citeh lot suddenly think youre on par with the top 4 just because u bought a couple of nobodys that potentially are good but have won NOTHING amongst them..... you are still a medicore club and arent on top 4 level...you never will be...
I Bling Red
Never? We have billions, if not this season, next season. Its nearly 8pm, you should brush your teeth and get ready for bed before you get told off.
eighthsin
I love the way all of the new bitters out there are making this loss out as if it's some kind of disaster for City! As if it matters that our third team lost a pre-season match to a team that are in the middle of their preseason. Get a life saddos!
fifthcolumnblue
lol.. fcb, you seem to have your nerve stuck out! Hacks.
JT_daniel
It may have been an unimportant game, but surely it exhibits Hughes's incompetence even more?
JT_daniel
Fulham's FIRST TEAM lost a pre season game in Australia and no one calls Roy Hodgson incompetent, it's just preparation
arthur7171
JT_daniel - you are clutching at straws matey. We are the new bogeymen of football and everyone wants us to fail, but deep down they know we're coming to get them. Stick to supporting your team of ageing ex-world class players and pray we don't take John Terry otherwise your house of cards really will crumble. P.S. How's the transfer window going? Don't worry, we'll be finished making our signings soon and then you can fight the Spurs and scousers for anyone we didn't want. Hacks!
fifthcolumnblue
I Bling Red in answer to your they have won Nothing amongst them ........Between them, they possess five Premier League titles, two Champions League winners' medals, two Spanish titles, five Bundesliga championships and two Intercontinental Cups.... Get your facts straight before shooting off .......
Doody
If the opposition were saying that they were going to win this match and were up for it, I too would think twice about putting my star players in a meaningless game. As it happened Hughes was right not to play his new signings looking some of the tackles flying in.
Buzz Lightyear
Cmon City fans, don't get wound up by those poor souls who clearly wouldnt even benefit form a lobotomy. Bang on Buzz. These games are more like trials and fitness tests more than anything else. You don't take risks this early in the pre season. What it does give is Hughes a look at players like Mee, Weiss, Petrov and Johnson who he wont have seen too much of.
cochise
no this game proves u lot have a ***** squad that is not capable of winning the prem, u may have signed a few "stars" but all the best trying to get them to gel and get them in ur starting 11 without having players out of position! ur just siging players for the sake of it! u are years away from being in with a chance of any serious trophys, and will not catch utd cus disbite u having all this money utd aint poor and have funds avalible so will keep improving! to a level u will struggle to reach! keep dreaming and praying to be like the utd, but it will never happen!!! UTD UTD
Lurkin-on-the-post
medicore squad lurkin?what do you call owen,scholes,giggs,nani etc etc.enjoy your success while it last.
mcfcirish
fifthcolumnblue, we have a brilliant squad as it is. I'm looking forward to stuffing you lot over both the legs, merely to wipe this self satisfied smirk off your face. We have a much stronger squad than Citeh, and you are deluded if you manage to think otherwise. And Erm, fall like a pack of cards? Excuse me, JT is not even our best defender. And Hey, I dont want you lot to fail There are plenty for everyone. But the fact that you think because you've signed 2 decent players automatically qualifies you to win everything riles me. Why not take it easy? You lot will do well, I'm sure of that. But surely not overnight? You'll need atleast 2 seasons more to establish a really strong squad capable of breaking the top 3 dominance.
JT_daniel
mcfcirish, you are the stupid one if you think your current squad is as good as United's. Seriously mate, think for once.
JT_daniel
 

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