Cape Town - Orlando Pirates' unbeaten run in the Absa Premiership was brought to a shuddering halt by an inspired SuperSport United at the Mbombela Stadium on Tuesday night.
As it happened: SuperSport 6-1 Orlando Pirates
Matsatsantsa racked up a stunning 6-1 victory on a rainy evening, with all of their goals arriving in the second-half.
Pirates broke the deadlock late in the first stanza when Tendai Ndoro turned home a fine cross from Thabo Rakhale to make it 1-0 to the visitors and rack up his seventh league goal of the season.
SuperSport responded seven minutes into the second-half, with Reneilwe Lethsolonyane exchanging passes with Jeremy Brockie before firing a shot from a tight angle which deflected into the net off the arms of Brighton Mhlongo.
In the next four minutes defender, Michael Boxall, scored two easy close-range goals to make it 3-1, first redirecting a dragged shot by Letsholonyane in the 54th minute, before tapping home in the 56th after Pirates - and Mhlongo in particular - made a horrible mess of trying to defend a free-kick.
Mhlongo’s night went from bad to worse in the 63rd minute when he punched a tame cross straight to Thuso Phala, who controlled the ball and promptly fired a shot into the top corner to extend Matsatsantsa’s lead to 4-1.
Bradley Grobler made it 5-1 in the 74th minute when he got on the end of a lofted cross from Phala and scored with an expertly placed header, while late in the game Brockie scored United’s sixth from a controversial penalty.
There was still time for Pirates to be awarded a penalty of their own in injury time, but when Ndoro was denied by a fine save from Williams it summed up a night the Buccaneers cannot forget quickly enough - but it will live long in the memory for United.