MATCH CENTRE

WED 13 JANUARY 2016, 19:30, ORLANDO STADIUM

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Matlaba, Myeni goals give Pirates victory

by BackPageTXT

Wed January 13, 21:24

Thabo Matlaba and Sifiso Myeni scored second half goals as Orlando Pirates defeated University of Pretoria 2-0 in an Absa Premiership match at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The Buccaneers were in danger of being joined on the same points tally by AmaTuks in a match somewhat cheekily dubbed a ‘relegation six-pointer’ in the build-up, but the victory sees them move into the top 10 of the standings while the Pretoria side remains second from bottom.

Pirates created a couple of early chances for Kermit Erasmus and Issa Sarr – neither of which they were able to capitalise on – but the first clear opportunity went the way of former Bucs player Lennox Bacela, who shot straight at Brighton Mhlongo after cutting inside from the left.

Midway through the first half the Soweto side almost claimed the lead through Erasmus, who arrived the near post to turn a cross on target but was denied by a sharp reaction save from goalkeeper Washington Arubi.

Just a minute later Pirates needed Mhlongo to make an excellent double save, denying Bacela and Thabo Mnyamane in quick succession, while on 35 minutes the young ‘keeper again saved his team by touching the latter attacker’s long-range shot onto the post.

Tuks’ missed opportunities in the first half came back to haunt them early in the second, with Thabo Matlaba breaking the deadlock in the 47th minute to put Bucs 1-0 up. The overlapping left-back ran onto a perfectly-weighted pass from Erasmus and fired the ball into the back of the net via the underside of the crossbar, giving Arubi no chance of making a save.

The goal gave Pirates the confidence to go on and dominate the game, but they spurned several good opportunities to add to their advantage, with the best seeing Erasmus fluff a shot at close range after he had been well picked out from the by-line by Thabo Rakhale in the 67th minute.

The hosts finally wrapped up the game in the 85th minute when Sifiso Myeni arrived late in the box to fire home a loose ball after Tuks’ defence failed to clear a dangerous cross from another overlap by Matlaba.

Orlando Pirates (0) 2 (Matlaba 47’, Myeni 85’)
University of Pretoria 0

Pirates: Mhlongo, Nyauza, Gumede, Gcaba, Matlaba, Sarr, Masalesa, Rakhale, Motupa (Qalinge 75’), Myeni, Erasmus (Ndoro 70’)

U Pretoria: Arubi, Jaure, Mwedihanga, Maruping, Ngubane, Zwane, Ketjijere, Nyathi (Nyondo 65’), Mosadi (Mathosi 80’), Mnyamane, Bacela (Nkoana 73’)

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ORLANDO STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA GOALS
8. Thabo Matlaba (47')
11. Sifiso Myeni (85')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 3
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
36
Defender
2
Defender
15
Defender
79'
34
14
Defender
47'
8
2
Defender
32
Midfielder
57'
65'
12
Midfielder
55'
75'
38
Midfielder
28
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
37'
7
12
Midfielder
24
Midfielder
85'
11
Midfielder
80'
11
Midfielder
82'
25
Forward/Striker
73'
14
Forward/Striker
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
Tendai Ndoro
Forward/Striker
70'
7
Atusaye Nyondo
Forward/Striker
65'
17
Thabo Qalinge
Midfielder
75'
15
Thabiso Nkoana
Forward/Striker
73'
18
Lucky Mathosi
Forward/Striker
80'
9
CARDS
Gift Motupa
Midfielder
55'
38
Mpho Maruping
Midfielder
37'
7
Ntsikelelo Nyauza
Defender
79'
34
Bongani Nyathi
Midfielder
57'
12
Thabo Rakhale
Midfielder
82'
25
Lucky Mathosi
Forward/Striker
82'
9
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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