MATCH CENTRE

SAT 03 DECEMBER 2016, 20:15, ORLANDO STADIUM

2
VS
2

Orlando Pirates held 2-2 by Highlands Park

by BackPageTXT

Sat December 03, 22:24

Highlands Park twice came from behind to hold Orlando Pirates to a 2-2 draw in an Absa Premiership clash at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

The Buccaneers led twice through Tendai Ndoro – who continued his brilliant scoring form – but the Lions of the North claimed a deserved share of the spoils thanks to equalisers from Thanduyise Khuboni and Lindokuhle Mbatha.

Pirates got off to a perfect start when they claimed the lead inside the first minute of the match. Luvoyo Memela provided a perfect cross from the left flank and Tendai Ndoro headed home his 10th league goal of the season to put the hosts ahead.

Highlands were stunned by the early goal, but they gradually settled into the match and on the quarter hour mark striker Edwin Sitayitayi put a low shot just wide of the target, while less than 10 minutes later Collins Mbesuma missed out from a chance he should have made more of.

On the half hour mark a fine free kick from Franklin Cale picked out Eddie Ngalo, but the former Black Aces defender put his effort just wide of the mark as the Lions of the North continued to threaten, particularly from the dead ball.

On the stroke of half time they were rewarded for their persistence when Justice Chabalala gave away a penalty from pulling down Sitayitayi in the box. Thanduyise Khuboni easily tucked home the spot kick to leave the game locked at 1-1 at the break.

Yet the Buccaneers reclaimed the lead 12 minutes into the second half through a penalty of their own, with Ndoro scoring his 11th of the season to make it 2-1. The spot kick was awarded after Ngalo was adjudged to have handled the ball in the 18-yard area.

Pirates were pegged back again with just 10 minutes of regulation time to play, as substitute Lindokuhle Mbatha lashed home a shot from outside the box to make it 2-2 – the second time in the space of a few days that Bucs have conceded a spectacular equaliser.

Orlando Pirates (1) 2 (Ndoro 1’ 57’ pen)
Highlands Park (1) 2 (Khuboni 45’ pen, Mbatha 80’)

Pirates: Mhlongo, Nyauza (Nyauza 69’), Chabalala, Jele, Phungwayo, Rakhale (Norodien 58’), Sarr, Shitolo, Memela (Makondelela 88’), Kutumela, Ndoro

Highlands: Kapini, Koena, Ngalo, Mbara (Christian 46’), Ledwaba, Theron (Mbatha 55’), Mvala, Khuboni, Cale, Sitayitayi, Mbesuma (Moriri 65’)

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ORLANDO STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS HIGHLANDS PARK FC GOALS
7. Tendai Ndoro (1') 5. Thanduyise Khuboni (45')
7. Tendai Ndoro (57') 43. Lindokuhle Mbatha (80')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 2
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP HIGHLANDS PARK FC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
73'
4
Defender
46'
6
Defender
69'
34
22
3
Midfielder
36'
55'
2
Midfielder
36
Midfielder
42
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
50'
37
Midfielder
74'
88'
11
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
58'
25
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
1'
57'
7
Midfielder
45'
5
Forward/Striker
24
Forward/Striker
65'
9
Forward/Striker
25
SUBSTITUTIONS
Riyaad Norodien
Midfielder
58'
26
Jermaine Christian
Defender
46'
6
Thembela Sikhakhane
Defender
69'
30
Lindokuhle Mbatha
Midfielder
55'
43
Surprise Moriri
Midfielder
65'
8
CARDS
Happy Jele
Defender
73'
4
Brandon Theron
Midfielder
36'
2
Luvoyo Memela
Midfielder
74'
11
Kgomotso Koena
Midfielder
50'
37
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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