Johannesburg - Defending Nedbank Cup champions Orlando Pirates have eased to a 4-0 win over Tornado FC in a last 32 clash at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday.
Thandanani Ntshumayelo’s brace, Lennox Bacela’s penalty and Sifiso Myeni’s goals were enough to bury the third tier outfit.
Pirates came to this match prepared to hit the ground running over the unknown Tornado, which plays in the ABC Motsepe league.
As planned, it was Pirates who opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a penalty courtesy of Bacela after striker Kermit Erasmus was brought down in the box.
In the 19th minute Thandani Ntshumayelo kept on searching for a goal as he took a long range shot, but the Tornado goalkeeper Maphakane was well positioned.
In the 23rd minute Ntshumayelo was finally rewarded when he took the score to 2-0 with a clean finish from the six yard area, making things more difficult for Tornado.
In the dying minutes of the first half it was Pirates that continued to show more dominance in the match as Mpho Makola tried to score, but Tornado’s goalkeeper was well alert as the match went to half time with Pirates leading 2-0.
In the second half Pirates coach Eric Tinkler made his first substitution with Thabo Matlaba making way for Ayanda Gcaba just five minutes after the restart.
In the 71st minutes Makola took a powerful shot to extend the Pirates lead, but the goalkeeper made a brilliant save.
A minute later Ntshumayelo extended the leaded as he scored his brace, taking his side to a 3-0 lead.
Pirates’ fourth goal in the 87th minute came from Sifiso Myeni, with the ball ricocheting off him and into an unguarded net.
Orlando Pirates (2) 4 (Bacela 7’ pen, Ntshumayelo 24’ 72’, Myeni 87’)
Tornado FC 0
Orlando Pirates: Mhlongo, Gumede, Mahamutsa, Jele, Matlaba (Gcaba 50’), Ntshumayelo, Makola (Masuku 77’), Sarr, Myeni, Erasmus (Rakhale 64’), Bacela
Tornado: Maphakane, Ndogeni (Masenya 72’), Majola, Moni, Chauke, Maboea (Mlambo 82’), Pietersen (Sinqa 33’), Siluma, Yakho, Mafanya, Ngwetjana