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Orlando Pirates Sink City

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.

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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


First lesson in creating a football team, money is not the only thing...
18/07/2009 17:08:00
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.
18/07/2009 17:13:00
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
18/07/2009 17:23:00
thanks fot your insight lindy do you work for the man yoo mirrior?
18/07/2009 17:33:00
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 never will be...
I Bling Red
18/07/2009 19:13:00
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.
18/07/2009 19:56:00
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!
18/07/2009 20:03:00
lol.. fcb, you seem to have your nerve stuck out! Hacks.
18/07/2009 20:04:00
It may have been an unimportant game, but surely it exhibits Hughes's incompetence even more?
18/07/2009 20:05:00
Fulham's FIRST TEAM lost a pre season game in Australia and no one calls Roy Hodgson incompetent, it's just preparation
18/07/2009 20:36:00
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