Cape Town - Thabo
Matlaba scored the only goal of the game as Orlando Pirates beat the University
of Pretoria 1-0 in their Absa Premiership clash at Tuks Stadium on Saturday.
Bafana Bafana fullback finished off a swift move halfway through the
second-half to propel the Soweto giants up to seventh place on the log
third game without a win for Shaun Bartlett as Tuks head coach leaves the
Tshwane side languishing in the relegation play-off spot, an added blow being
that both relegation rivals , Maritzburg United and Jomo Cosmos, suffered
home side were on the back foot from the get go and were lucky not to concede
in the early exchanges.
Washington Arubi made a top save with his feet to keep out Thabo Matlaba's
deflected effort, before Mpho Makola rattled the crossbar with a powerful drive
continued to weather the Buccaneers storm, with Arubi putting up a masterful
display, moving to his left to deny Thamsanqa Gabuza on the stroke of
the other end of the park, Thabo Mnyamane was a one-man threat. The brace
in midweek against Free State Stars rejuvenated the Bafana Bafana striker, who
was unlucky to see his right-footed shot on 67 minutes bounce just wide.
took the lead soon after, Matlaba firing home following a lung-busting run down
the left flank.
had a chance to level matters in stoppage time, but could only succeed in
sending his snap shot straight at a grateful Brighton Mhlongo in the Pirates