Absa Premiership

Bucs see off Maritzburg to stay in the hunt

2018-02-03 23:01
Happy Jele (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates fought off a spirited Maritzburg United to register a 2-1 win at a wet Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

The early action was lively without providing any clear-cut opportunities and it was from a set-piece that the deadlock was broken when Thabiso Kutumela's sweetly-struck free-kick beat visiting keeper Richard Ofori at his near post.

While Maritzburg were struggling to penetrate the Pirates defence, the home side were close to scoring again eight minutes before half-time when after a free-flowing move, Luvuyo Memela picked out Kutumela in front of goal, but this time Ofori did well to tip the shot over.

The lead was extended two minutes after half-time when Happy Jele rose strongly at the near post to power a header into goal following a Memela corner. 

The KZN side had a chance at an equaliser through Brian Onyango, but the Kenyan was unable to make good contact with a Deolin Mekoa cross as the Pirates defence did well to close down the space.

Maritzbug had more chances as Bandile Shandu crashed a 25-yard drive against the upright before William Twala fired into the side-netting.
 
Mxolisi Kunene then forced a diving save from Bucs stopper Jackson Mabokgwane, who was beaten soon after when Siyanda Xulu powered in a brilliant header from Mekoa's perfectly-flighted free-kick, as the visitors cut the deficit to one.

Pirates had to work hard to close out the game and Maritzburg nearly struck an added time equaliser when Mekoa fired a shot into the upright. 

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Baroka FC v Free State Stars, New Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Tuesday, 02 October 2018
Cape Town City v Wits, Cape Town Stadium 19:30
AmaZulu v Maritzburg United, King Zwelithini Stadium 19:30
Highlands Park v Kaizer Chiefs, Makhulong Stadium 19:30
Polokwane City v SuperSport United, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 03 October 2018
Bloemfontein Celtic v Mamelodi Sundowns, Dr Molemela Stadium 19:30
Chippa United v Free State Stars, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Golden Arrows, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Black Leopards v Baroka FC, Thohoyandou Stadium 19:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

After slow starts to their respective 2018/19 Absa Premiership campaigns, who will finish the season ranked higher?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.