Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates have registered their third league win in 2015 when they beat Polokwane City 3-1 on Saturday evening at Orlando Stadium.
The win takes the Buccaneers closer to log leaders Kaizer Chiefs by 12 points as they’re sitting at position four with 35 points from 20 matches.
Goals by Mpho Makola, Kermit Erasmus and Oupa Manyisa gave the Sea Robbers the deserved three points.
However, as early as the first minute the visitors showed what their intentions were as they attacked Eric Tinkler’s men with Cole Alexander’s shot going wide.
Seconds later, though, the hosts retaliated and found the back of the net when Makola netted from Thabo Matlaba’s cross.
Rise and Shine continued to put Pirates under pressure as they probed for an equaliser, but they couldn’t penetrate the defence manned by Rooi Mahamusta and Siyabonga Sangweni.
However, in the 11th minute, Puleng Tlolane nearly beat Brighton Mhlongo at his near post, but his effort went wide.
With 10 minutes to go before half time, the hosts regained possession and found their way through to City’s half when Mhlongo delivered a long pass to find Erasmus who netted with a right foot over the oncoming Modiri Marumo.
In the 40th minute, Bhekithemba Mema challenged Matlaba unfairly and gave away a penalty which was converted by captain Manyisa to give the Buccaneers a 3-0 lead at half-time.
As the second half got underway, the Citizens came back with a bang and with one minute into the half, a cross from the left by skipper Jabu Maluleke found Tshepo Tema’s header who beat Mhlongo.
City started to dish out good football and two minutes after Tema’s goal, Esau Kanyenda fired a powerful shot, but it went wide.
In the 69th minute, the big Malawian striker nearly found the back of the net when he connected with Maluleke’s cross, but Mhlongo was awake and collected with ease.
In the last 10 minutes the Citizens, had a number of chances but they could not find any consolation.
Orlando Pirates: (3) 3 (Makola 1’, Erasmus 38’, Manyisa 42’)
Polokwane City: (0) 1 (Tema 46’)
Orlando Pirates: Mhlongo, Sangweni, Mahamutsa, Jele, Matlaba, Sarr, Ntshumayelo (Nyauza 84’), Makola (Rakhale 70’), Myeni, Manyisa, Erasmus (Bacela 67’)
Polokwane City: Marumo, Mmema, Musonda, Motumi, Tema, Langa, Alexander, Maluleke, Majafa (Jembula 55’), Kanyenda, Tlolane (Ndou 53’)