MATCH CENTRE

MON 02 MAY 2016, 17:00, ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM

2
VS
1

Sithole, Mabena defeat Pirates

by BackPageTXT

Mon May 02, 18:58

Goals from Gift Sithole and Ndumiso Mabena helped Platinum Stars down Orlando Pirates 2-1 in their Absa Premiership tie at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Monday afternoon.

On the other hand, Sifiso Myeni scored for the visitors as they now sit at number six with 39 points and Cavin Johnson's men occupy number three with 47 points.

The contest started on a high, with the hosts' forward Mabena taking a shot after two minutes and Brighton Mhlongo initially spilled the ball, but later recovered before Thabo Rakhale Sifiso tried to react swiftly but his effort went wide.

After six minutes, Stars grabbed the lead when Sithole pounced on a loose ball with a low shot in the box after a good corner which Pirates failed to clear. Mabena registered an assist for the goal.

Two minutes later, Mabena followed up with a great free kick aiming for the top corner, but it went inches wide with Mhlongo merely a spectator.

In the 14th minute, good football from Pirates ensured they created chances and Ayanda Gcaba laid the ball for the oncoming Sifiso Myeni whose well struck shot was heading to the top corner, only to be punched away by goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela.

Following good interplay and possession by Pirates, Menzi Masuku had a brilliant opportunity to grab an equaliser but he shot wide in the 44th minute.

It was 1-0 at the interval and the return saw Mzimela called to action as he denied Myeni for the second time from Makola's corner.

In the 49th minute, Mabena doubled Stars’ lead when Pirates failed to clear a dangerous cross and the former Buccaneer finished from close range with a clever back heel.

Pirates continued to push forward and Thamsanqa Gabuza was set up by Myeni – the substitute's shot was saved by Mzimela but Myeni was unmarked in the box and scored with 12 minutes remaining, 2-1.

In the last final six minutes, Mhlongo once again came to Pirates’ rescue when he denied Kobamelo Kodisang from close range as the winger received a ball from the right flank.

Although the referee added five minutes, the Soweto giants failed to grab an equaliser as Thabo Qalinge's shot went wide and Stars went away with the three points.

Platinum Stars (1) 2 (Sithole 6', Mabena 49')
Orlando Pirates (0) 1 (Myeni 72')

Platinum Stars: Platinum Stars: Mzimela, Mere, Zulu, Sithole, Semenya, Mathe, Madubanya (Gwabeni 81'), Tshabalala (Kodisang 63'), Ng'ambi, Mabena, Rodgers (Mabule 90')

Orlando Pirates: Mhlongo, Nyauza, Gcaba, Mahamutsa, Phungwayo, Sarr, Makola (Qalinge 81'), Rakhale (Gabuza 61'), Masuku (Memela 53'), Myeni, Ndoro

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM
PLATINUM STARS GOALS ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS
10. Ndumiso Mabena (49') 11. Sifiso Myeni (72')
5. Gift Sithole (6')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 4
PLATINUM STARS STARTING LINEUP ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
90 + 5'
32
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
6'
5
Defender
83'
2
Defender
22
34
Defender
63'
14
3
Defender
34'
2
Defender
72'
28
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
74'
81'
5
Forward/Striker
90 + 5'
9
Midfielder
72'
87'
11
Forward/Striker
81'
3
Midfielder
61'
25
Forward/Striker
49'
10
Forward/Striker
53'
26
Forward/Striker
28
Forward/Striker
7
SUBSTITUTIONS
Kobamelo Kodisang
Forward/Striker
63'
18
Luvoyo Memela
Midfielder
53'
37
Thamsanqa Bonie Gwabeni
Midfielder
81'
0
Thamsanqa Gabuza
Forward/Striker
61'
31
Michael Mabule
Midfielder
90 + 5'
29
Thabo Qalinge
Midfielder
81'
15
CARDS
Vuyo Mere
Defender
34'
2
Rooi Mahamutsa
Defender
72'
28
Thamsanqa Bonie Gwabeni
Midfielder
90 + 5'
0
Mpho Makola
Midfielder
74'
5
Mbongeni Mzimela
Goalkeeper
90 + 5'
32
Ayanda Gcaba
Defender
83'
2
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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