MATCH CENTRE

SAT 22 SEPTEMBER 2018, 15:00, NEW PETER MOKABA STADIUM

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Pule and Lorch take Pirates to victory

by Staff Reporter

Sat September 22, 17:40

Goals from Vincent Pule and Thembinkosi Lorch took Orlando Pirates to a 2-1 away win over Baroka FC at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.

The result took the Buccaneers to the top of the Absa Premiership log on 14 points, while Bakgaga remain rooted in the bottom half of the table with five points from their seven outings.

Pirates created the early running and should have gone ahead as early as the ninth minute when Augustine Mulenga was presented with a clear shooting chance, but he saw his low effort well saved by Baroka’s goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze.

The Buccaneers went close again in the 24 minute when they opened up space for Thembinkosi Lorch to shoot from the edge of the box – his grass-cutter shaved the outside of Chipezeze’s right-hand post.

It seemed only a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ Pirates would claim the lead, and the goal duly arrived in the 32nd minute. Baroka gave Vincent Pule far too much space and time to set his sights from long range, and the Bucs attacker whipped a left-footed shot into the back of the net to put his side in front.

On 38 minutes the Soweto giants made it 2-0, with Baroka’s defence making a pig’s ear of dealing with a relatively simple long pass from Pule – Lorch was allowed to run onto a loose ball in the box and steer it into an empty net from close range.

Baroka very nearly pulled a goal back in the opening minutes of the second half, with midfielder Mduduzi Mdatsane sending a volleyed effort just wide of Siyabonga Mpontshane’s left-hand upright, while the hosts soon made a double change by sending on both Onkabetse Makgantai and Goodman Mosele.

Bakgaga’s attack certainly looked more lively after their changes but they weren’t really able to test Mpontshane, and Pirates held them at bay with relative ease for the most part. However, in the 79th minute the visitors defence went to sleep at a corner kick and allowed substitute Makgantai to score from close range and set up a tense finish.

With memories of their 2-2 draw with Cape Town City in midweek surely haunting them, Pirates were able to avoid giving away a two-goal lead for the second successive time and claimed all three points on offer.

Baroka will return to league action this coming midweek when they host Free State Stars on September 26, while Pirates will only resume their campaign the following week when they welcome Golden Arrows to Orlando Stadium on October 3.

Baroka FC (0) 1 (Makgantai 79’)
Orlando Pirates (2) 2 (Pule 32’, Lorch 38’)

Baroka: Chipezeze, Kgoetyane, Banda, Makume, Mabeba, Makgaga (Makgantai 53’), Mdatsane, Madubanya (Mosele 52’), Kgaswane, Chawapiwa (Patjie 63’), Chivaviro

Pirates: Mpontshane, Matlaba (Thopola 65’), Jele, Nyauza, Maela, Mlambo, Motshwari, Mako, Lorch (Mntambo 75’), Mulenga (Nyatama 84’), Pule

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH NEW PETER MOKABA STADIUM
BAROKA FC GOALS ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS
33. Onkabetse Makgantai (79') 45. Vincent Pule (32')
3. Thembinkosi Lorch (38')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
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BAROKA FC STARTING LINEUP ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP
Defender
24
Goalkeeper
76'
40
Defender
69'
2
Defender
4
Midfielder
72'
0
Defender
23
Midfielder
51'
53'
10
34
Midfielder
0
Defender
65'
8
Midfielder
52'
4
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
29
Midfielder
53
Midfielder
38'
75'
3
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
84'
17
Midfielder
63'
7
Forward/Striker
32'
45
SUBSTITUTIONS
Goodman Mosele
Midfielder
52'
14
Diamond Thopola
Defender
65'
35
Onkabetse Makgantai
Forward/Striker
53'
33
Linda Mntambo
Midfielder
75'
32
Tshidisho Patjie
Midfielder
63'
0
Musa Nyatama
Midfielder
84'
14
CARDS
Collins Makgaka
Midfielder
51'
10
Siyabonga Mpontshane
Goalkeeper
76'
40
Matome Kgoetyane
Defender
69'
2
Bonginkosi Makume
Midfielder
72'
0
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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