Cape Town - Orlando Pirates moved up to second in
the Absa Premiership table after an own goal in stoppage handed them a 1-0
win over Black Leopards at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday.
The loss will be a blow to the home team who held out gamely until
Thabiso Mokwena put the ball into his own net in the first minute of
The Buccaneers started the match looking to take the game to their
hosts and created the first chance when in-form striker Gabadinho Mhango
scuffed his shot wide from point-blank range.
Lidoda Duvha then should have taken lead after Thabo Matlaba was sent
clean through on goal but the former Pirates defender shot over the bar
of goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands.
Barely a minute later it was the Pirates shot-stopper who produced a
magnificent save to keep out a header from Edwin Gyimah, who was another
player form the hosts playing against his former employers.
Luvuyo Memela then tried a stunning long-range effort for the Soweto
giants but his shot went over the cross-bar as the teams went into the
halftime break with the score still goalless.
Leopards came out firing after the interval and Sandilands again had
to be at his best to keep out a Mwape Musonda effort after good work by
The visitors upped the tempo with 20 minutes remaining and it nearly
paid off as Vincent Pule and Thembinkosi Lorch both hit the woodwork.
Pirates were certainly throwing everything at the home as the clocked
towards the end and the pressure finally told as Mokwena flicked the
ball into his own net from a Pule cross.
The victory moves the Buccaneers one point ahead of third-placed
Mamelodi Sundowns in the table but still six adrift of log-leaders and
Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs.
- TeamTalk Media