MATCH CENTRE

WED 24 AUGUST 2016, 19:30, ORLANDO STADIUM

3
VS
1

Tendai Ndoro hat-trick shoots down Golden Arrows

by BackPageTXT

Wed August 24, 21:27

Orlando Pirates romped to a 3-1 win over Golden Arrows in Soweto on Wednesday night, with Tendai Ndoro’s hat-trick getting the Buccaneers off to a winning start in the new Absa Premiership season.

The Zimbabwean scored all of his goals in the second half, while Abafana Bes’thende – whose consolation strike came via Nduduzo Sibiya – will rue their missed opportunities in a dominant first half performance when they should have put the hosts to the sword.

Pirates enjoyed a stronger start to the game and had the first shot on goal four minutes in when Oupa Manyisa’s long range effort was parried away by Arrows goalkeeper Max Mbaeva, but after that it was the away side which looked far more dangerous in attack.

Abafana Bes’thende’s pace and direct play down the flanks caused endless problems for Bucs in the first half, with the front four of Wayde Jooste, Lerato Lamola, Kuda Mahachi and Nduduzo Sibiya constantly looking dangerous, though they often lacked the killer instinct in the danger area to punish their hosts.

Pirates made a tactical change at the start of the second half, sending on Thabo Qalinge in place of Bernard Morrison, but it was their other winger Thabo Rakhale who opened up Arrows defence in the 49th minute to help Tendai Ndoro break the deadlock.

Rakhale enjoyed a clever exchange of passes with Mpho Makola down the right before squaring for Ndoro, who provided a neat finish past Mbaeva to make it 1-0 to the Buccaneers.

Pirates’ lead lasted just 12 minutes, with Arrows hitting back just after the hour mark. Felipe Ovono spilled a tame low cross from the left flank and Mahachi hit the post from the loose ball – the chance appeared to be gone, but Sibiya reacted quickest to the rebound to score with a low shot.

Ndoro restored Bucs’ advantage in the 67th minute, scoring his second goal with a downward header that got the better of Mbaeva after being picked out by a pin-point free kick delivery by Makola – though Arrows’ marking in the box was diabolical.

The Zimbabwean striker completed his hat-trick with just under 15 minutes of regulation time to play, benefitting from great combination play between Makola and Thabiso Kutumela before curling a side-foot shot into the corner to make it 3-1.

Orlando Pirates (0) 3 (Ndoro 49’ 67’ 76’)
Golden Arrows (0) 1 (Sibiya 61’)

Pirates: F. Ovono, T. Sikhakhane, H. Jele, A. Gcaba, T. Matlaba, T. Rakhale (T. Kutumela 66’), O. Manyisa, E. Gyimah, M. Makola, B. Morrison (T. Qalinge 46’), T. Ndoro (A. Nkosi 88’)

Arrows: M. Mbaeva, L. Mzava, N. Mngwengwe, C. Katjiukua (S. Dlamini 79’), L. Nonyane, W. Jooste, D. Phiri, N. Cele (T. Molefe 68’), K. Mahachi, N. Sibiya (C. Miheso 62’), L. Lamola

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ORLANDO STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS GOLDEN ARROWS GOALS
7. Tendai Ndoro (49') 41. Nduduzo Sibiya (61')
7. Tendai Ndoro (67')
7. Tendai Ndoro (76')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP GOLDEN ARROWS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
42
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
2
Defender
66'
79'
4
Defender
16'
4
18
Defender
8
Defender
5
30
21
Midfielder
33
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
46
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
61'
62'
41
Midfielder
66'
25
Midfielder
60'
68'
17
Forward/Striker
46'
12
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
49'
67'
76'
88'
7
Forward/Striker
41
SUBSTITUTIONS
Thabo Qalinge
Midfielder
46'
15
Clifton Mihesho
Midfielder
62'
2
Thabiso Kutumela
Forward/Striker
66'
24
Thabo Molefe
Midfielder
68'
24
Ayanda Nkosi
Forward/Striker
88'
17
Sandile Dlamini
Forward/Striker
79'
0
CARDS
Happy Jele
Defender
16'
4
Nkanyiso Cele
Midfielder
60'
17
Chris Katjiukua
Defender
66'
4
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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