CHIPPA United substitute Brent Carelse scored in the 85th minute to give the bottom-of-the-log side a crucial win away at Orlando Pirates in an Absa Premiership clash at Orlando Stadium.
The victory lifts Chippa out of bottom place. They now overtake Black Leopards and neighbours Ajax Cape Town, who host Kaizer Chiefs tomorrow night.
The result basically spells the end of the title race for Pirates who had Sifiso Myeni sent off in the dying moments of the match after he committed two late tackles in quick succession.
There was some early sparring between the two sides inside the opening ten minutes, but nothing to really write home about. Benjani showed some experience inside the danger area, but lacked the right support while Daine Klate wasted a free kick from a good position on the other end.
In the 16th minute Patrick Phungwayo made a powerful run from the left back area and found his way right inside the danger area, but he showed too much of the ball and Chippa were able to clear the danger.
Four minutes later Chippa came close to scoring on two occasions. First, nobody could get onto the end of a dangerous free kick, which evaded all of Pirates’ defenders. Then, Pirates failed to clear a dangerous cross into the area, which almost found Pirates youth product William Thwala at the far post.
In the 25th minute Pirates put together a good passage of attacking play. When Tashrique Goldman could only punch a Klate cross away, the ball fell to Sifiso Myeni but his powerful snap-shot flew over the bar.
In the 37th minute Chippa were awarded a rather soft free kick right in an excellent scoring position. But Tshepo Tomonyane could not keep his effort down and the ball flew over the bar.
The end of the first half lacked quality all round and the game deteriorated into a scrappy affair with neither side able to strong together a combination of passes.
In the 47th minute, Pirates fashioned the best chance of the game when Masuku made a late run into the danger area to meet a cross on the run, but he could not keep direct his first-time attempt on target.
With very little happening in the final third for the home side, Bucs coach Roger De Sa replaced Klate with Mpho Makola in the 57th minute to add some fresh legs in attack.
By the 68th minute of the game, both teams still lacked the ability to create a genuine goal scoring chance. Masuku fired over the cross bar from outside the danger area as the Bucs faithful grew more frustrated.
In the 73rd minute Collins Mbesuma beat his marker inside the area and got in his shot, but hi directed the ball straight at Goldman.
Now Pirates stepped up a gear and with Benni McCarthy on the field there was a spring in their step inside the final fifteen minutes. A few half chances here and there and the supporters were getting more and more into the game.
Then came the moment as two Chippa substitutes combined for the goal in the 85th minute. A great ball into the box by Mkhanysieli Siwahla found Brent Carelse on the near post and his glancing header baffled Meyiwa in goal.
Orlando Pirates 0
Chippa United (0) 1 (Carelse 85’)
Pirates: Meyiwa; Nzunga, Gcaba, Lekgwathi, Phungwayo; Masuku (Manyisa 71’), Okonkwo (McCarthy 75’), Masalesa, Klate (Makola 57’); Myeni, Mbesuma
Chippa: Goldman; Nhombaythethi, Tomanyane (Siwahla 65’), Okwuosa, Mvalo (Amegnaglo 76’); Sarr, Mbekile, Thwala, Ntshingila (Carelse 46’); Benjani, Mbenyane.
Meanwhile Mamelodi Sundowns are still on the 11th position on the Absa Premiership log despite pulling a 2-1 victory over Free State Stars last night.-Backpage TXT