MATCH CENTRE

WED 10 FEBRUARY 2016, 19:30, ORLANDO STADIUM

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VS
2

Sundowns march on with Pirates win

by BackPageTXT

Wed February 10, 21:36

Mamelodi Sundowns confirmed their dominance atop the Absa Premiership table with a2-1 win over Orlando Pirates in a league match at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.

The win sees Sundowns going nine points clear of their closest rivals at the top of the league table while Pirates find themselves in seventh place with 23 points after their seventh loss of the season.

It was a commanding performance from the Brazilians who made their supremacy tell in the 18th minute when Khama Billiat played Leonardo Castro through on goal and he made no mistake with a clinical finish from 16-yards out, 1-0.

Sundowns continued to pile on the pressure and doubled their lead in the 36th minute after an initial 16-yard shot from Keagan Dolly was palmed into the path of Billiat and he duly volleyed home from 14-yards out, 2-0.

The Brazilians were unlucky not to find their third goal on the stroke of half time when Castro controlled well on his chest before firing inches over from the edge of the box.

Pirates looked a better side at the start of the second half and almost pulled a goal back on the hour mark, but Thamsanqa Gabuza pulled his effort from close range agonizingly wide.

In the 69th minute the Buccaneers did find a goal when a spectacular 30-yard free-kick from Mpho Makola found the top corner of the goal, 2-1.

Pirates threw numbers forward after that, but Sundowns defended stoutly and were able to hold on for their 14th win of the league season.

Orlando Pirates (0) 1 (Makola 69’)
Mamelodi Sundowns (2) 2 (Castro 18’, Billiat 36’)

Teams

Orlando Pirates: Mhlongo, Gyimah, Gcaba, Nyauza (Motupa 88’), Phungwayo, Sarr, Mugerwa (Masuku 46’), Rakhale, Myeni (Majoro 62’), Makola, Gabuza

Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango, Arendse, Langerman, Nthethe, Mbekile, Dolly, Mashaba (S. Zwane 51’), Modise (T. Zwane 51’), Castro (Bangaly 71’), Billiat, Kekana.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ORLANDO STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS MAMELODI SUNDOWNS GOALS
5. Mpho Makola (69') 25. Leonardo Castro (18')
20. Khama Billiat (36')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
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ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
52'
36
Defender
2
Defender
4
Defender
88'
34
Defender
88'
2
3
Defender
49'
6
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
69'
5
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
62'
11
Midfielder
36'
20
Midfielder
25
Midfielder
24'
51'
19
Midfielder
46'
36
Midfielder
51'
10
Forward/Striker
31
Forward/Striker
18'
71'
25
SUBSTITUTIONS
Menzi Masuku
Forward/Striker
46'
26
Themba Zwane
Midfielder
51'
18
Lehlohonolo Majoro
Forward/Striker
62'
45
Siyanda Zwane
Defender
51'
21
Gift Motupa
Midfielder
88'
38
Soumahoro Bangaly
Defender
71'
29
CARDS
Mzikayise Mashaba
Midfielder
24'
19
Wayne Arendse
Defender
49'
6
Dennis Onyango
Goalkeeper
52'
36
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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