MATCH CENTRE

SAT 12 MAY 2018, 15:00, ORLANDO STADIUM

2
VS
1

Nyauza, Gabuza take Pirates to victory

by Graeme Jackson

Sat May 12, 17:12

Ntsikelelo Nyauza and Thamsanqa Gabuza scored a goal apiece as Orlando Pirates defeated Free State Stars 2-1 at Orlando Stadium on the final day of the 2017/18 Absa Premiership season.

Though the result was of no consequence to the Buccaneers – who were set to finish runners-up regardless – they will still be happy at having ended their campaign on a positive note.

Ea Lla Koto, meanwhile, have bigger fish to fry when they face Maritzburg United in next weekend’s Nedbank Cup final.

Pirates looked the more lively team in the early stages, but they had to wait until the 22nd minute to take the lead, with Ntsikelelo Nyauza getting on the end of a corner kick to direct a header into the top corner of the net.

Sadly for the Bucs goal-scorer he succumbed to a thigh injury just over 10 minutes later and was replaced by Gladwin Shitolo. But even with the disruption in their defence, Pirates were able to see out the half and take a 1-0 lead into the break.

Stars hit back just six minutes into the second half, with a free kick flicked on by Paulus Masehe to find Nhlanhla Vilakazi, who marked his final Ea Lla Koto appearance by sending a low shot beyond Wayne Sandilands to make it 1-1.

The visitors looked to claim the lead for the first time on 63 minutes, with Goodman Dlamini shooting on target from long range, but Sandilands scrambled across his line to palm the ball away for a corner kick.

Bucs reclaimed the ascendancy in the 85th minute: Justin Shonga’s long-range shot was only half stopped by substitute goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare, allowing Thamsanqa Gabuza to turn home the loose ball from close range to make it 2-1.

Orlando Pirates (1) 2 (Nyauza 22’, Gabuza 85’)
Free State Stars (0) 1 (Vilakazi 51’)

Pirates: Sandilands, Nyauza (Shitolo 36’), Jele (Gabuza 78’), Thopola, Maphanga (Mtshali 89’), Mbulu, Munetsi, Mlambo, Qalinge, Shonga, Mulenga

Stars: Ngobeni (Sangare 80’), Mobbie, Mahamutsa, Mbhele, Phungwayo, Jantjie (Hlubi 88’), Masehe, Vilakazi (Anas 90+1’), Dlamini, Tchilimbou, Mthembu

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ORLANDO STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS FREE STATE STARS GOALS
34. Ntsikelelo Nyauza (22') 50. Nhlanhla Vilakazi (51')
31. Thamsanqa Gabuza (85')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
77'
80'
42
Defender
41
Defender
2
Defender
78'
4
29
Defender
22'
36'
34
Defender
28
Defender
89'
39
Defender
19
Midfielder
33
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
43
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
15
Midfielder
51'
90 + 1'
50
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
5
Forward/Striker
42
Midfielder
88'
11
Forward/Striker
27
Forward/Striker
75'
21
SUBSTITUTIONS
Gladwin Shitolo
Midfielder
36'
6
Badra Ali Sangare
Goalkeeper
80'
23
Thamsanqa Gabuza
Forward/Striker
78'
31
Sibusiso Hlubi
Midfielder
88'
17
Lehlohonolo Mtshali
Defender
89'
38
Mohammed Anas
Forward/Striker
90 + 1'
3
CARDS
Thamsanqa Gabuza
Forward/Striker
86'
31
Siphelele Mthembu
Forward/Striker
75'
21
Thela Ngobeni
Goalkeeper
77'
42
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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