Soweto - A
first half goal by Lehlohonolo Majoro and a second half strike by Kermit
Erasmus gave Orlando Pirates the three points against Bloemfontein Celtic at
Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.
2-1 victory takes the Parktown-based outfit to position four with 26 points on
the Absa Premiership and Larsen’s men are placed at the 10th spot with 20
Siwelele and the Buccaneers were looking for maximum points after playing to a
2-2 draw in the reverse fixture in Bloemfontein and they started the game on
fire, but the visitors were the first to take a shot through Gabardinho Mhango,
however, Brighton Mhlongo safely held on.
the 12th minute, Khethowakhe Masuku managed to grab a shot at goal
but goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb parried it over for a corner.
return, Clinton Larsen’s men took the game to the hosts as Mukuka Mulenga cut
through the Buccaneers defence but the keeper saved.
hosts continued to pile pressure on Siwelele’s defence and their efforts were rewarded
when Majoro beat the defence and chipped the ball over the oncoming Tignyemb,
slotting it into an empty net.
Sea Robbers played to protect the lead heading to the interval but a brilliant
pass split the Bucs defence to find Lamola who, under pressure from defenders,
beat Mhlongo to his right corner to make it 1-1 with three minutes to
restart saw both sides carrying on where they left off, but Pirates were the
side to find the back of the net through Erasmus when his shot was deflected by
Bevan Fransman in the 67th minute.
few minutes later, Erasmus nearly caught Tignyemb napping with a curler but
deflected for a corner. The final few minutes of the game saw the game losing
its spark as the hosts were protecting the lead and the introduction of
Ntsikelelo Nyauza for Erasmus was Eric Tinkler’s signal to kill the game.
fought hard to get an equaliser but Siyabonga Sangweni and Rooi Mahamutsa stood
firm at the back to bag the three points.Teams:
Mhlongo, Jele, Mahamutsa, Sangweni, Phungwayo, Sarr, Manyisa, Makola, Masuku
(Rakhale 61’), Majoro (Gabuza 84’), Erasmus (Nyauza 73’)
Tignyemb, Fransman, Ndengane, Lamola, Motshegwa (Ntanga 69’), Morena,
Bilankulu, Mulenga, Nyatama (Mogorosi 76’) Ritchie, Mhango