MATCH CENTRE

SAT 03 FEBRUARY 2018, 20:15, ORLANDO STADIUM

2
VS
1

Orlando Pirates edge out Maritzburg United

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Sat February 03, 22:44

Orlando Pirates beat Maritzburg United 2-1 in an Absa Premiership match at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

As a result, the Buccaneers move to second spot on the league standings, while the Team of Choice remain sixth on the table.

The Team of Choice managed to contain the Buccaneers, who were doing most of the attacking, in the first 20 minutes of the game.

However, Pirates broke the deadlock in the 30th minute when Thabiso Kutumela scored with a well-taken free-kick.

It was nearly 2-0 to Soweto giants a few minutes later, but this time Kutumela was denied by Maritzburg goalkeeper Richard Ofori.

Maritzburg tried to level matters, but Pirates stood firm at the back with Happy Jele marshalling the defence.

Pirates were leading 1-0 against Arrows thanks to Kutumela's goal.

The home side extended their lead six minutes after the restart and it was Happy Jele, whoe scored with a header to make it 2-0 to Pirates.

However, Siyanda Xulu pulled one back for Maritzburg in the 73rd minute - silencing the Pirates fans inside Orlando Stadium.

Maritzburg dominated the remaining of the game, but Pirates stood firm at the back and they ran out 2-1 winners at home.

Pirates (1) 2 (Kutumela 30', Jele 47')
Maritzburg (0) 1 (Xulu 73')

Pirates:Mabokgwane, Dube, Maela, Shitolo, Nyauza, Jele, Munetsi, Nyatama, Shonga (Foster 89'), Memela, Kutumela (Mlambo 63').

Maritzburg: Ofori, Xulu, Fransman, Onyango (Kunene 67'), Makaringe, Maboe, Ndlovu, Mekoa, Fillecia, Shandu, Mokate (Twala 46').

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ORLANDO STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS MARITZBURG UTD. GOALS
24. Thabiso Kutumela (30') 25. Siyanda Xulu (73')
4. Happy Jele (47')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP MARITZBURG UTD. STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
31
Defender
47'
4
Defender
16
Defender
23
Defender
67'
2
Defender
28
Defender
73'
25
34
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
28
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
33
Midfielder
15
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
89'
27
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
30'
63'
24
Forward/Striker
46'
22
SUBSTITUTIONS
Xola Mlambo
Midfielder
63'
19
William Thwala
Midfielder
46'
7
Lyle Foster
Midfielder
89'
20
Mxolisi Kunene
Midfielder
67'
36
CARDS
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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