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NO WAY: Bay United's Patrick Mayo keeps a close watch on Orlando Pirates' striker Excellent Walaza during their League match at EPRU Stadium in Port Elizabeth yesterday. Photo: Gallo Images. 28/09/08. © Gallo Images.
NO WAY: Bay United's Patrick Mayo keeps a close watch on Orlando Pirates' striker Excellent Walaza during their League match at EPRU Stadium in Port Elizabeth yesterday. Photo: Gallo Images. 28/09/08. © Gallo Images.

Newcomers Bay United notched the most famous victory in their history when they defeated Orlando Pirates 2-0 in a Absa Premiership clash in Port Elizabeth yesterday.

Newcomers Bay United notched the most famous victory in their history when they defeated Orlando Pirates 2-0 in a Absa Premiership clash in Port Elizabeth yesterday.

Bucs have failed to score a goal in mopre than 400 competitive minutes and on this showing new coach Ruud Krol has a lot of work to do if he is to turn things around and hang onto to his job. The mis-positioning of Happy Jele at right-back rather than central defence is also proving counter-productive.

United striker Adebayo Abayomi sent the home fans into raptures when he slammed home the first goal in the 49th minute. Midfielder Luntu Mazana, ironically on loan from Pirates, added a brilliant long-range second goal in injury time to completely embarrass Pirates.

The home side enjoyed the majority of possession in the opening half but failed to take advantage of the strong wind behind them.

Bucs keeper Moeneeb Josephs was tested only once in the opening 45 minutes but the Bafana Bafana keeper did well to stop Jimmy Zakazaka from opening his account in the 10th minute.

Despite playing into the wind, Bucs always looked the more dangerous side going forward and gave the United defence a few nervous moments.

Pirates new Cape Verde striker Adriano Pires looked very promising.

But their playmaker Teko Modise had a quiet game. He got into referee Daniel Bennett's black book when he was shown a yellow card for diving inside United's penalty area.

n AmaZulu got their first Absa Premiership win of the season at the expense of high-flying neighbours Thanda Royal Zulu with a 1-0 win at Princess Magogo Stadium yesterday.

Bradley Ritson scored the only goal of the game in the ninth minute. AmaZulu right-back Jan Sillo stormed into the middle of the field and drew three players to him, released the ball to an unmarked Ritson who only needed one touch to score.

"He (Ritson) set up Myron (Shongwe) for the goal. I think he should have gone for goal himself, but I am happy with his and the team's performance," said AmaZulu coach Clive Barker.

"This win comes at a time when it was a very emotional week for us as we lost a good player. This was for him," he said, referring to the sudden passing away of striker Siyabonga Mkhwanazi.

n Bloemfontein Celtic collected their first point of the season when they played to a goalless draw with Maritzburg United at the Free State Stadium.

The result reflected both teams' performance on the day, as they were just wasteful in front of the goals. - Reports by Sapa and Thabo Johnson

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