MATCH CENTRE

TUE 01 NOVEMBER 2016, 19:30, LUCAS MORIPE STADIUM

6
VS
1

Inspired SuperSport hand Pirates first league loss

by BackPageTXT

Tue November 01, 21:34

Orlando Pirates’ unbeaten run in the Absa Premiership was brought to a shuddering halt by an inspired SuperSport United at the Mbombela Stadium on Tuesday night.

Matsatsantsa racked up a stunning 6-1 victory on a rainy evening, with all of their goals arriving in the second half.

Pirates broke the deadlock late in the first half when Tendai Ndoro turned home a fine cross from Thabo Rakhale to make it 1-0 to the visitors and rack up his seventh league goal of the season.

SuperSport responded seven minutes into the second half, with Reneilwe Lethsolonyane exchanging passes with Jeremy Brockie before firing a shot from a tight angle which deflected into the net off the arms of Brighton Mhlongo.

And in the next four minutes defender Michael Boxall scored two easy close-range goals to make it 3-1, first redirecting a dragged shot by Letsholonyane in the 54th minute, before tapping home in the 56th after Pirates – and Mhlongo in particular – made a horrible mess of trying to defend a free kick.

Mhlongo’s night went from bad to worse in the 63rd minute when he punched a tame cross straight to Thuso Phala, who controlled the ball and promptly fired a shot into the top corner to extend Matsatsantsa’s lead to 4-1.

Bradley Grobler made it 5-1 in the 74th minute when he got on the end of a lofted cross from Phala and scored with an expertly placed header, while late in the game Brockie scored United’s sixth from a controversial penalty.

There was still time for Pirates to be awarded a penalty of their own in injury time, but when Ndoro was denied by a fine save from Williams it summed up a night the Buccaneers cannot forget quickly enough – but it will live long in the memory for United.

SuperSport United (0) 6 (Letsholonyane 52’, Boxall 54’ 56’, Phala 63’, Grobler 74’, Brockie 88’ pen)

Orlando Pirates (1) 1 (Ndoro 43’)

SuperSport: Williams, Boxall, Gould, Daniels, Bhasera, Letsholonyane (Morton 84’), Furman, Alexander (Mnyamane 18’), Phala, Brockie, Grobler (Nkhatha 78’)

Pirates: Mhlongo, Nyauza, Jele, Gyimah, Matlaba, Norodien (Gabuza 76’), Sarr, Makola, Rakhale, Motupa (Morrison 58’), Ndoro

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH LUCAS MORIPE STADIUM
SUPERSPORT UTD GOALS ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS
6. Reneilwe Letsholonyane (52') 7. Tendai Ndoro (43')
5. Michael Boxall (54')
5. Michael Boxall (56')
13. Thuso Phala (63')
7. Bradley Grobler (74')
11. Jeremy Brockie (88')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 2
SUPERSPORT UTD STARTING LINEUP ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
20
Defender
86'
4
Defender
54'
56'
5
34
Defender
29
Defender
8
Defender
24
Midfielder
33
Midfielder
18'
17
Midfielder
58'
38
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
52'
84'
6
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
63'
13
Midfielder
76'
26
Forward/Striker
74'
78'
7
Midfielder
25
Forward/Striker
50'
88'
11
Forward/Striker
43'
7
SUBSTITUTIONS
Thabo Mnyamane
Forward/Striker
18'
23
Bernard Morrison
Forward/Striker
58'
12
Kingston Nkhatha
Forward/Striker
78'
10
Thamsanqa Gabuza
Forward/Striker
76'
31
Michael Morton
Midfielder
84'
18
CARDS
Jeremy Brockie
Forward/Striker
50'
11
Bernard Morrison
Forward/Striker
61'
12
Michael Morton
Midfielder
90'
18
Happy Jele
Defender
86'
4
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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