MATCH CENTRE

SAT 06 JANUARY 2018, 20:15, ORLANDO STADIUM

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Memela inspires Pirates to 3-1 win over Baroka

by Graeme Jackson

Sat January 06, 22:13

Luvoyo Memela scored a brace and provided an assist as Orlando Pirates defeated Baroka FC 3-1 at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

The victory took the Buccaneers to fifth place on the Absa Premiership log with 23 points from 16 matches (level with fourth-placed Kaizer Chiefs), pushing Bakgaga down to sixth on 22 from 16.

Pirates were quick out of the blocks and claimed the lead as early as the sixth minute, with Musa Nyatama getting on the end of Luvoyo Memela’s cross to head home from close range.

On the quarter hour mark another corner kick from Memela picked out defender Innocent Maela, but his glancing header rebounded off the far post and away to safety.

Yet in the 19th minute the Buccaneers doubled their lead, with Justin Shonga and Thabiso Kutumela combining to tee up Memela, who easily fired home from close range to make it 2-0.

Just under 10 minutes later it was 3-0, with Memela netting his second of the night. This time he exchanged passes with Thabo Matlaba on the edge of the box before shooting beyond the reach of goalkeeper Virgil Vries.

Baroka appeared to be down and out, but on the half hour mark they were thrown a lifeline when Gladwin Shitolo brought down Lucky Nguzana with a clumsy foul to concede a penalty.

Mduduzi Mdantsane converted from the spot to pull one back for Bakgaga, though he was soon substituted by the more attack-minded Talent Chawapiwa.

Just a few minutes into the second half Nyatama almost scored a carbon-copy of the goal he netted in the first, though this time his header was straight at the ‘keeper, who did just enough to keep the effort out.

Pirates ran out of steam as the second half wore on, with their midfield struggling to reassert the control they enjoyed in the first stanza, though they remained a dangerous prospect on the counter.

However, there were no further goals at either end of the field as Pirates ran out 3-1 winners to suggest that 2018 may be a more encouraging year for the ‘Happy People’.

Orlando Pirates (3) 3 (Nyatama 6’, Memela 19’ 28’)

Baroka FC (1) 1 (Mdantsane 30’ pen)

Pirates: Mabokgwane, Matlaba, Shitolo, Dube, Maela, Memela (Norodien 88’), Munetsi, Mobara, Nyatama, Kutumela (Foster 70’), Shonga (Maphanga 79’)

Baroka: Vries, Shaku, Mahashe, Moeti (Matloga 59’), Masenamela, Mothupa (Kgoetyane 52’), Nguzana, Kgaswane, Madubanya, Mdantsane (Chawapiwa 33’), Ngalande

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ORLANDO STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS BAROKA FC GOALS
11. Luvoyo Memela (19') 53. Mduduzi Mdatsane (30')
11. Luvoyo Memela (28')
14. Musa Nyatama (6')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 3
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP BAROKA FC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
45
Defender
30
Defender
23
Defender
3
Defender
3
Defender
52'
15
Defender
74'
8
Defender
31
Midfielder
6
Defender
6
Midfielder
19'
28'
88'
11
Midfielder
34'
4
Midfielder
25
Midfielder
30'
33'
53
Midfielder
6'
14
Midfielder
23
Forward/Striker
79'
27
Midfielder
56'
59'
21
Forward/Striker
70'
24
Forward/Striker
17
SUBSTITUTIONS
Lyle Foster
Midfielder
70'
0
Talent Chawapiwa
Midfielder
33'
7
Phetso Maphanga
Defender
79'
40
Matome Kgoetyane
Defender
52'
2
Riyaad Norodien
Midfielder
88'
26
Richard Matloga
Midfielder
59'
12
CARDS
Thabo Matlaba
Defender
74'
8
Letladi Madubanya
Midfielder
34'
4
Sipho Moeti
Midfielder
56'
21
Talent Chawapiwa
Midfielder
80'
7
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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