MATCH CENTRE

SAT 31 OCTOBER 2015, 15:30, FNB STADIUM

1
VS
3

Pirates claim Soweto derby bragging rights

by BackPageTXT

Sat October 31, 17:05

Goals from Issa Sarr, Ayanda Gcaba and Thamsanqa Gabuza took Orlando Pirates to their first Absa Premiership win over Kaizer Chiefs since 2012, as the Buccaneers overpowered their Soweto rivals at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Pirates settled the quicker of the two teams and had the first shots in anger, with Kermit Erasmus shooting wide in the 16th minute before Thabo Rakhale volleyed on target a short while later, but Itumeleng Khune was able to make a comfortable save.

Bucs’ dominance was rewarded with a goal in the 26th minute. A free kick from Mpho Makola to the far post was headed on target by Siyabonga Sangweni – Khune made a fine initial save, but the rebound was turned home by midfielder Issa Sarr.

Pirates were completely dominating the first half but failed to take advantage of a great chance to double their lead in the 34th minute when Thabo Matlaba scuffed his shot from an Erasmus cross.

And the team in black was made to pay in the 44th minute when Chiefs drew level through a well-worked set piece. Siphiwe Tshabalala provided a perfect cross from a free kick on the left and Erick Mathoho arrived unmarked at the back post to power home an equaliser.


It was the Amakhosi’s only attempt at goal in the whole of the first half, but enough to leave the game locked at 1-1 at the interval.

The theme of set-piece goals continued 10 minutes into the second half when Pirates reclaimed the lead from a corner kick. Erasmus’ delivery picked out an unmarked Gcaba in the middle of the box and the defender was able to beat Khune’s left hand with a well-placed header.

As the second half wore on, Bucs looked more likely to add to their advantage and Chiefs needed Khune to make a couple of good saves to keep them in the game. The keeper made a particularly brilliant improvised save with his feet to keep out a point-blank header from Sarr in the 74th minute.

Just under 10 minutes later the third goal finally arrived for Pirates, with the excellent Erasmus bewitching Mathoho with a superb jinking run before teeing up Thamsanqa Gabuza to score with a tap-in.

Kaizer Chiefs (1) 1 (Mathoho 44’)

Orlando Pirates (1) 3 (Sarr 26’, Gcaba 55’, Gabuza 83’)

Chiefs: Khune, Gaxa, Bukenya, Mathoho, Masilela, Tshabalala, Letsholoyane, Katsande, Lebese (Parker 71’), Manqele (Maluleka 78’), Abraw (Mthembu 86’)

Pirates: Mpontshane, Nyauza, Sangweni, Gcaba, Matlaba, Rakhale, Ntshumayelo (Gyimah 84’), Sarr, Makola, Erasmus (Motupa 86’), Gabuza (Majoro 89’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH FNB STADIUM
KAIZER CHIEFS GOALS ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS
3. Erick Mathoho (44') 18. Issa Sarr (26')
2. Ayanda Gcaba (55')
31. Thamsanqa Gabuza (83')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 4
KAIZER CHIEFS STARTING LINEUP ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
32
40
Defender
44'
3
Defender
55'
2
Defender
5
34
Defender
24
Defender
64'
21
Midfielder
71'
17
Defender
8
Midfielder
30
Midfielder
26'
18
6
Midfielder
90 + 3'
5
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
25
Midfielder
72'
31
Midfielder
45 + 2'
84'
6
Forward/Striker
86'
9
Forward/Striker
83'
83'
89'
31
Forward/Striker
78'
22
SUBSTITUTIONS
Bernard Parker
Forward/Striker
71'
25
Edwin Gyimah
Midfielder
84'
17
George Maluleka
Midfielder
78'
12
Gift Motupa
Midfielder
86'
38
Siphelele Mthembu
Forward/Striker
86'
20
Lehlohonolo Majoro
Forward/Striker
89'
45
CARDS
Willard Katsande
Midfielder
72'
31
Thandani Ntshumayelo
Midfielder
45 + 2'
6
Siyabonga Sangweni
Defender
64'
21
Thamsanqa Gabuza
Forward/Striker
83'
31
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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