MATCH CENTRE

TUE 27 SEPTEMBER 2016, 19:30, ORLANDO STADIUM

1
VS
1

Orlando Pirates pegged back by Platinum Stars

by BackPageTXT

Tue September 27, 21:19

Orlando Pirates were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw in their Absa Premiership clash against Platinum Stars at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday.

Thabiso Kutumela’s first goal for the Buccaneers looked set to secure three points – and a return to the summit of the league standings – but Thobani Kunene equalised to earn Dikwena a share of the spoils.

Stars were the first to threaten a goal, with attacking midfielder Robert Ng’ambi latching onto a poor clearance from Issa Sarr and striking a shot from the ‘D’ of the box that flew just wide of the target in the 13th minute. It was the first of numerous efforts from Dikwena, but too few of them troubled Bucs goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo.

Just before the hour mark the Buccaneers had their first shot on target, with Mpho Makola having an effort from the edge of the box which was palmed away by Mzimela, and a short while later the Stars ‘keeper produced another fine save to deny substitute Thabiso Kutumela.

The Rustenburg side were inches away from claiming the lead in the 70th minute when Mabena fired a shot from 25 metres which had the beating of Benson Mhlongo but rebounded back into play after rattling the woodwork.

Seven minutes later the visitors were made to pay for their missed chances, with Kutumela netting his first goal in Pirates colours to break the deadlock. The substitute earned a free kick on the edge of the box and proceeded to score directly from the set piece, stroking a low shot into the bottom corner.

If Pirates thought they were going to hold out for another victory, they were sorely mistaken: in the opening seconds of injury time, Dikwena forced an equaliser when substitute Thobani Kunene got on the end of a corner kick and scored with a perfectly placed header which went into the net via the underside of the crossbar.

Orlando Pirates (0) 1 (Kutumela 77’)

Platinum Stars (0) 1 (Kunene 90+1’)

Pirates: Mhlongo, Sikhakhane (Makudubela 66’), Jele, Chabalala, Matlaba, Makola, Mobara (Gyimah 84’), Sarr, Morrison (Kutumela 55’), Manyisa, Ndoro

Stars: Mzimela, Zulu, Mlilo, Nhlapo, Mnguni, Mathe, De Jongh (Msomi 72’), Mabena, Ng’ambi, Mere (Kunene 89’), Botes (Shilongo 83’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ORLANDO STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS PLATINUM STARS GOALS
24. Thabiso Kutumela (77') Thobani Kunene (90 + 1')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP PLATINUM STARS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
21
Defender
84'
45
Defender
25
Defender
4
Defender
23
Defender
8
Defender
22
Defender
66'
30
Defender
76'
3
Midfielder
18
Defender
86'
89'
2
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
72'
8
Forward/Striker
55'
12
Midfielder
28
Forward/Striker
7
Forward/Striker
83'
9
Forward/Striker
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
Thabiso Kutumela
Forward/Striker
55'
24
Sibusiso Msomi
Midfielder
72'
15
Mahlatsi Makudubela
Midfielder
66'
37
Benson Shilongo
Forward/Striker
83'
7
Edwin Gyimah
Midfielder
84'
33
Thobani Kunene
Forward/Striker
89'
0
CARDS
Sphamandla Mlilo
Defender
76'
3
Vuyo Mere
Defender
86'
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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