Pretoria - Orlando Pirates bounced back to sink Mpumalanga Aces 1-0 in their MultiChoice Diski Challenge clash Tuks Stadium on Saturday, the supersport.com website reports.
The young Buccaneers had suffered their first defeat in their last match
against Bidvest Wits. The win puts them back on top of the standings, depending
on the result of between Mamelodi Sundowns and Chippa United.
For the first time in the competition, coach Augusto Palacios brought
players from the first team in the squad - with Tlou Segolela captaining the
team. Goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo, Khethokwakhe Masuku and Lehlohonolo Masuku
were the other stars from the senior side.
Pirates, who dominated proceedings from the start, had to wait until the
39th minute to break the deadlock. Segolela led from the front as he slotted
the ball into the net, beating goalkeeper Cyril Mollo.
They could have scored more as the experience of Masuku and Segolela made
them dangerous in attack, but they went into the break leading by the solitary
Aces managed to find their rhythm in the second half, creating a couple of
chances as well. The best chance fell to overlapping defender Aubrey Modiba
whose shot narrowly missed the target with Mhlongo well beaten.
Segolela more three more good chances to add to the Buccaneers lead; his
first shot hit the upright, while the other went over the bar. He then went
one-one with the keeper after being put through, but he chose to pass to Menzi
Masuku on the left - which proved to be a wrong option has the defence cleared.
Pirates face Platinum Stars, who are still without a win, on Sunday. Ace
will tackle Free State Stars, who suffered a 6-2 loss in their last match.