MATCH CENTRE

TUE 18 AUGUST 2015, 19:30, ORLANDO STADIUM

4
VS
1

Bucs open their league account

by Staff Reporter

Tue August 18, 21:27

Orlando Pirates opened their points account in the new Absa Premiership season with a 4-1 win over Chippa United at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Buccaneers claimed the victory thanks to second-half goals from Ayanda Gcaba, Kermit Erasmus and Mpho Makola, securing their first domestic victory of the 2015/16 campaign after losses in both their MTN8 quarterfinal and opening league match earlier in the month.

Pirates dominated from the start and had two goals ruled out for offside calls, with Issa Sarr and Siyabonga Sangweni denied in the 15th and 48th minutes respectively.

However, the Soweto club’s frustrations were soon a thing of the past, with an unmarked Ayanda Gcaba scoring with a well-placed header from Sifiso Myeni’s corner kick in the 54th minute.

Chippa’s hopes of coming back into the game were dealt a major blow in the 66th minute when midfielder Ugonna Uzochukwu picked up his second yellow card and was sent off – the Eastern Cape side also had a red card in their league opener against Kaizer Chiefs earlier in the month.

On 69 minutes Pirates doubled their lead, with Kermit Erasmus seeing his point-blank header well saved by Hawes, before forcing an own goal from a combination of the ‘keeper and defender Nkosinathi Mthiyane. The Bucs forward was officially credited with the goal, but this will surely be amended in due course.

Despite being two goals and a man down, the Chilli Boys summoned up some fight and put together a strong passage of play. They were rewarded in the 75th minute when midfielder Buyani Sali scored with a low shot to halve the deficit.

Yet Chippa’s efforts were in vain and there was to be no nervous finish for the hosts, as substitute Mpho Makola scored two beautiful goals – both from outside the box – in the 85th and 93rd minutes to put Pirates 4-1 up and secure their first league points of the season.

Orlando Pirates (0) 4 (Gcaba 54’, Erasmus 69’, Makola 85’ 90+3’)
Chippa United (0) 1 (Sali 75’)

Pirates: Mpontshane, Nyauza (Mahamutsa 90’), Jele, Siy. Sangweni, Gcaba, Memela (Makola 60’), Manyisa, Sarr, Myeni, Erasmus, Gabuza (Motupa 77’)

Chippa: Hawes, Chipeta, Okwuosa, Thopola, Mthiyane, Shange (Thwala 50’), Sali, Uzochukwu, Mayambela, R. Manzini, Manqele (Cele 55’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ORLANDO STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS CHIPPA UNITED GOALS
2. Ayanda Gcaba (54') 6. Buyani Sali (75')
5. Mpho Makola (85')
5. Mpho Makola (90 + 3')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 3 1
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP CHIPPA UNITED STARTING LINEUP
40
Goalkeeper
24
Defender
54'
2
Defender
75'
6
Defender
4
Defender
24
Defender
90'
34
Defender
2
21
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
55'
18
Midfielder
50'
10
Midfielder
60'
37
Midfielder
62'
55
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
30'
66'
66'
28
Midfielder
11
Forward/Striker
77'
31
SUBSTITUTIONS
Mpho Makola
Midfielder
60'
5
Mhlengi Cele
Midfielder
55'
14
Gift Motupa
Midfielder
77'
38
Rooi Mahamutsa
Defender
90'
28
CARDS
Issa Sarr
Midfielder
55'
18
Ugonna Uzochukwu
Midfielder
30'
28
Rhulani Manzini
Midfielder
62'
55
Ugonna Uzochukwu
Midfielder
66'
28
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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