MATCH CENTRE

SAT 29 APRIL 2017, 20:15, ORLANDO STADIUM

2
VS
1

Bucs beat Chippa to move into top half

by Graeme Jackson

Sat April 29, 22:26

Goals from Thamsanqa Gabuza and Thabo Matlaba saw Orlando Pirates claim a 2-1 win over Chippa United at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.

The victory takes the Buccaneers into the top half of the table (they are eighth, displacing Golden Arrows thanks to a superior goal difference), while the Chilli Boys remain ominously close to the relegation zone in 12th.

Chippa were dealt an early blow when they had to replace defender Pentjie Zulu due to injury inside the opening 10 minutes, while they also forced Pirates goalkeeper into a fine save through an effort from Andile Mbenyane shortly thereafter.

On 22 minutes it was Chippa ‘keeper Zama Dlamini’s turn to show off his ability as he got up sharply to tip over a long-range drive from Abbubaker Mobara.

Yet there was nothing Dlamini could do to prevent Thamsanqa Gabuza turning home Thabo Matlaba’s cross with a brilliant acrobatic volley in the 29th minute. The big striker’s first league goal of the season made it 1-0 to the Buccaneers.

The hosts dominated the rest of the first stanza, but on the stroke of half time the Chilli Boys claimed an equaliser almost out of nowhere, putting together a fine passing move which ended with Paseka Mako sliding a shot through Mpontshane’s legs to make it 1-1 at the break.

Twenty minutes into the second half Pirates reclaimed the lead through Matlaba, who let fly with a long-range effort which wrong-footed Dlamini and found its way into the back of the net despite the ‘keeper getting a hand to it.

Chippa looked to get back into the game, but in the dying minutes their hopes were crippled when midfielder Thamsanqa Sangweni picked up his second yellow card and was sent for an early shower.

Orlando Pirates (1) 2 (Gabuza 29’, Matlaba 65’)
Chippa United (1) 1 (Mako 45+1’)

Pirates: Mpontshane, Matlaba, Jele, Gcaba, Phungwayo, Mobara, Sarr, Makola (Qalinge 83’), Manyisa, Lorch (Rakhale 46’), Gabuza (Ndoro 71’)

Chippa: Z. Dlamini, Thopola (Mdlizo 85’), Bergman, Chabalala, P. Zulu (Mbokoma 9’), Mvelase (Wambi 70’), Zuke, Sangweni, Mako, Mbenyane, L. Manzini

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ORLANDO STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS CHIPPA UNITED GOALS
31. Thamsanqa Gabuza (29') 7. Paseka Mako (45 + 1')
8. Thabo Matlaba (65')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 3 1
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP CHIPPA UNITED STARTING LINEUP
40
Goalkeeper
0
Defender
45
Defender
85'
24
Defender
2
Defender
89'
13
Defender
4
Defender
9'
0
3
Midfielder
10
Defender
65'
8
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
70'
17
Midfielder
83'
5
Midfielder
45 + 1'
7
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
15
Midfielder
46'
29
Midfielder
26'
86'
86'
21
Forward/Striker
13'
29'
71'
31
Forward/Striker
25
SUBSTITUTIONS
Thabo Rakhale
Midfielder
46'
25
Mbulelo Wambi
Midfielder
70'
5
Tendai Ndoro
Forward/Striker
71'
7
Sizwe Mdlinzo
Midfielder
85'
0
Thabo Qalinge
Midfielder
83'
15
Zaphaniah Mbokoma
Midfielder
9'
0
CARDS
Thamsanqa Gabuza
Forward/Striker
13'
31
Thamsanqa Sangweni
Midfielder
26'
21
Thamsanqa Sangweni
Midfielder
86'
21
Thamsanqa Sangweni
Midfielder
86'
21
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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