Mario Booysen of Supersport United challenges Thembinkosi Lorch of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership match Orlando Pirates and Supersport United on the 07 March 2017 at Orlando Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Tuesday Mar 07, 2017. 21:31
Orlando Pirates failed to bag their first three points of the Absa Premiership in 2017 when they drew 1-1 against SuperSport United on Tuesday night at Orlando Stadium.
The hosts netted late in the second half through Thembinkosi Lorch as they occupy the 10th spot with 23 points from 20 matches.
The visitors managed to score first with Thabo Mnyamane.
The hosts nearly broke the deadlock in the second minute when Thamsanqa Gabuza was set free after he received a wonderful through ball, but the forward shot straight at goalkeeper Riyaad Pieterse.
Just after 18 minutes, Mnyamane was given room to move and he unleashed a powerful shot which went inches wide of Brighton Mhlongo's upright.
The Buccaneers were awarded a set piece when Pieterse collided with Gabuza in the 20th minute, but Mpho Makola's effort sailed over the cross bar.
With five minutes till half time, Kingston Nkhatha produced a brilliant turn in the penalty area, but the big striker saw his well struck half volley go wide.
The hosts emerged from the tunnel with renewed vigor as Thabo Matlaba delivered a pin point cross five minutes into the second stanza in search of Gabuza whose attempt went wide from close range.
Amatsantsantsa A Pitori broke the deadlock in the 55th minute when Mnyamane blasted a powerful shot after a great cross from Jeremy Brockie's which gave Mhlongo no chance, 1-0.
Mnyamane nearly completed his brace when he received a wonderful pass from Reneilwe Letsholonyane in the 63rd minute, but the forward failed to lower his strike.
An unbelievable miss by Lorch came in the 74th minute when he squandered a perfect opportunity to equalise following wonderful work by Matlaba on the right flank.
However, a minute later the winger managed to make up for his error and made it 1-1 after a scramble in front of goal to cancel out Mnyamane's strike.
In injury time substitute Tendai Ndoro missed a free header from close range as he received a great pass from the left wing.
The stalemate for Stuart Baxter's men means they now sit at number three with 36 points from 20 league matches.
Orlando Pirates: (0) 1 (Lorch 75')
SuperSport United: (0) 1 (Mnyamane 55')
Orlando Pirates: Mhlongo, Gcaba, Jele, Nyauza (Matlaba 10'), Phungwayo, Manyisa, Mobara, Makola, Lorch, Wome (Motupa 63'), Gabuza (Ndoro 75')
SuperSport United: Pieterse, Boxall, Gould, Booysen, Bhasera, Furman, Letsholonyane (Morton 80''), Masango (Modiba 88'), Mnyamane, Brockie, Nkhatha