But Bucs players played with speed and pace

Mesh Khotha

Mesh Khotha

Mamelodi Sundowns, escaped by the skin of their teeth, when they narrowly beat Orlando Pirates 2-1 in a thrilling and an all-action Absa Premiership game at Loftus Stadium yesterday.

It was Pirates at their best in the opening minutes making sporadic but dangerous visits at the Sundowns goal area.

The side, with a lot of youngsters and no foreign player in their midst, played commendably well with their darting runs giving their more experienced opponents some anxious moments.

On a number of occasions the Brazilians goalkeeper Brian Baloyi was called on to make breathtaking saves from Teko Modise, Lucas Thwala, Excellent Walaza and Paulus Masehe.

It came as a surprise when Esrom Nyandoro scored with a ground shot to put Sundowns in the lead in the 36th minute.

Four minutes later the Bucs equalised from a corner kick taken by Bennett Chenene, which Thwala scored with a fine header.

At half-time the Brazilians increased the margin through Benson Mhlongo who headed from a corner kick by Godrey Sapula.

l Thabo Johnson reports that Bloemfontein Celtic and Golden Arrows played to a 1-all draw at Seisa Ramabodu Stadium yesterday.

The home side had an upper hand and they created numerous chances but failed to convert them.

Striker Lebohang Kukame, who had a good game, saw two of his goals disallowed in the third and the 13th minute.

In the 20th minute Kleinbooi Taaibos squandered a golden opportunity from a cross by Siphesihle Ngobese, but the Arrows defenders cleared the ball swiftly.

Arrows caught Celtic off-guard when Norman Smith's shot was parried by goalkeeper Shoaib Walters over the bar in the 30th minute.

Arrows came back strongly after recess, scoring through Vusimuzi Vilakazi in the 58th minute.

After this goal the host raised their game's tempo and from one of their numerous moves they equalised. Ajax Cape Town and Free State Stars share the spoils in one of the exciting Premiership game played at the Athlone Stadium last night, writes Thami Nqolobe.