MATCH CENTRE

TUE 13 DECEMBER 2016, 19:30, HARRY GWALA STADIUM

2
VS
1

Orlando Pirates suffer first defeat under Augusto Palacios

by BackPageTXT

Tue December 13, 21:36

Second-half goals helped Maritzburg United beat Orlando Pirates 2-1 in an Absa Premiership game at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Tuesday night.

As a result the Team of Choice climbed up to eighth on the league standings, while Bucs drop to sixth on the table after losing their first league game under Augusto Palacios.

The Team of Choice began the match lively, with Deolin Mekoa and Kwanda Mngonyama failing to hit the back of the net from range in the early stages of the game.

But the best chances of the first-half went to Pirates as Issa Sarr missed the target from close range in the 28th minute, before Happy Jele hit the crossbar.

The score was 0-0 during the half-time break as both sides failed to hit the back of the net in the first stanza.

The deadlock was finally broken three minutes into the second-half by Bevan Fransman, who hit the back of the net to make it 1-0 to Maritzburg.

It was soon 2-0 to the Team of Choice in the 65th minute as Brian Onyango headed home from the Pirates box to double his side's lead.

Pirates did grab a late goal in the 83rd minute through Ayanda Nkosi, but his goal proved to be a consolation goal as Maritzburg held on to win 2-1.

Maritzburg (0) 2 (Fransman 48', Onyango 65')
Pirates (0) 1 (Nkosi 83')

Maritzburg: Mpandle, Fransman, Onyango, Mokate (Saal 77'), Wieldiech, Mekoa, Mngonyama, Lentjies (Shabalala 92') Maboe, Van Wyk, Rusike (Moyo 65').

Pirates: Mhlongo, Nyauza, Jele, Gyimah, Matlaba, Sarr, Manyisa, Memela (Mokondelela 59'), Makola (Nkosi' 59'), Kutumela (Makudubela 51'), Ndoro.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH HARRY GWALA STADIUM
MARITZBURG UTD. GOALS ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS
Bevan Fransman (47') 17. Ayanda Nkosi (83')
2. Brian Onyango (68')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
MARITZBURG UTD. STARTING LINEUP ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
47'
0
Defender
4
Defender
0
34
Midfielder
26
Defender
8
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
33
Midfielder
28
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
74'
45
Midfielder
59'
11
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
59'
5
Midfielder
77'
22
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
12
Forward/Striker
7
Forward/Striker
19
Forward/Striker
51'
24
SUBSTITUTIONS
Devon Saal
Midfielder
77'
0
Mahlatsi Makudubela
Midfielder
51'
37
Ayanda Nkosi
Forward/Striker
59'
17
CARDS
Kwanda Mngonyama
Midfielder
74'
45
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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