Soweto - A
brace from Menzi Masuku set Orlando Pirates on the way to a 4-1 hammering of
SuperSport United at the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.
was an action-packed match throughout, with the defences seemingly non-existent
at times as goals and chances on goal came with nearly every play.
game got off to a fast-paced start, with chances for both sides in the opening
minutes as Menzi Masuku saw the ball coming off his knee before brushing the
woodwork, while Kingston Nkhatha’s glancing header flew just over the bar.
15 minutes played, the Tshwane side went in front when Thuso Phala burst
through the heart of the Bucs defence before showing a cool head to beat
Pirates keeper Brighton Mhlongo for the game’s opening goal.
attempted to reply with a neat move around the box, but it ended with Kermit
Erasmus scuffing his shot wide from only 10 yards out.
visitors though could have made it 2-0 inside 20 minutes when Phala was again
set free, this time by a Jeremy Brockie pass, but Mhlongo was quickly off the
line to make the block.
Soweto side wasted an excellent chance to restore parity 10 minutes before the
break when Happy Jele was off target with a header from a corner kick.
the hosts were to score two quick-fire goals within three minutes of each other
to take a 2-1 lead into the break.
was first to strike, looping a close range header over Matsatsantsa keeper
Ronwen Williams after some neat interplay in the 43rd minute, before Erasmus
gave the Sea Robbers the lead in first half added time, capitalizing on a
mistake from Williams.
had the first chance of the second half, Ennocent Mkhabela nearly finding the
net from a Phala corner on 47 minutes.
it was at the other end that the next goal came, and what a goal it was as
Masuku picked the ball up near the half-way line on 55 minutes, driving towards
goal before unleashing a rocket of a shot into the top corner from well outside
the big box.
took just six minutes for the next goal to arrive, Sifiso Myeni netting with a
clinical low drive from the right hand side of the box after good work from
Thabo Matlaba to set him up.
were chances for both sides to add to the score-line, but Brockie and Bradley
Grobler were denied by Mhlongo, while Erasmus had an effort saved by Williams’
feet before substitute Lehlohonolo Majoro hit the side-netting late on.