MATCH CENTRE

SAT 06 FEBRUARY 2016, 20:15, TUKS STADIUM

0
VS
1

Matlaba steers Pirates past Tuks

by BackPageTXT

Sat February 06, 22:24

Thabo Matlaba scored the only goal of the game as Orlando Pirates beat the University of Pretoria 1-0 in an Absa Premiership clash at Tuks Stadium on Saturday.

The Bafana Bafana fullback finished off a swift move halfway through the second-half to propel the Soweto giants up to seventh place on the log standings.

A third game without a win for Shaun Bartlett as Tuks head coach leaves the Tshwane side languishing in the relegation play-off spot, an added blow being that both relegation rivals , Maritzburg United and Jomo Cosmos, suffered defeats.

The home side were on the back foot from the get go and were lucky not to concede in the early exchanges.

First, Washington Arubi made a top save with his feet to keep out Thabo Matlaba's deflected effort, before Mpho Makola rattled the crossbar with a powerful drive from range.

Tuks continued to weather the Buccaneers storm, with Arubi putting up a masterful display, moving to his left to deny Thamsanqa Gabuza on the stroke of half-time.

At the other end of the park, Thabo Mnyamane was a one-man threat. The brace in midweek against Free State Stars rejuvenated the Bafana Bafana striker, who was unlucky to see his right-footed shot on 67 minutes bounce just wide.

Pirates took the lead soon after, Matlaba firing home following a lung-busting run down the left flank.

Mnyamane had a chance to level matters in stoppage time, but could only succeed in sending his snap shot straight at a grateful Brighton Mhlongo in the Pirates goal.

University of Pretoria 0
Orlando Pirates (0) 1 (Matlaba 70')

University of Pretoria: Arubi, Ngubane, Mwedihanga (Jaure 76'), Mthethwa, Sibande, Ketjijere, Ntombayithethi, Mosadi (Nyathi 46'), Mnyamane, Nkoana (Kebede 62'), Bacela

Orlando Pirates: Mhlongo, Nyauza, Gcaba, Gyimah, Matlaba, Sarr, Mugerwa, Makola (Masuku 90+4'), Rakhale, Myeni (Motupa 89'), Gabuza (Koapeng 84')

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH TUKS STADIUM
UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA GOALS ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS
8. Thabo Matlaba (70')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA STARTING LINEUP ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
36
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
3
Defender
2
14
34
Defender
76'
2
Defender
70'
8
Midfielder
24
Midfielder
13'
17
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
46'
11
Midfielder
90 + 4'
5
Midfielder
89'
11
Forward/Striker
14
Midfielder
25
Forward/Striker
62'
18
Midfielder
36
Forward/Striker
10
Forward/Striker
84'
31
SUBSTITUTIONS
Bongani Nyathi
Midfielder
46'
12
Letsie Koapeng
Forward/Striker
84'
17
Getaneh Kebede
Forward/Striker
62'
19
Gift Motupa
Midfielder
89'
38
Partson Juare
Defender
76'
15
Menzi Masuku
Forward/Striker
90 + 4'
26
CARDS
Edwin Gyimah
Midfielder
13'
17
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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