MATCH CENTRE

TUE 08 JANUARY 2019, 19:30, FNB STADIUM

4
VS
2

Pirates move to within two points of the top

by Staff Reporter

Tue January 08, 21:49

Orlando Pirates have moved to within two points of the top of the Absa Premiership after defeating Chippa United 4-2 at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The Buccaneers started the match brightly and they managed to grab an early goal with the Chilli Boys defence caught ball-watching just three minutes into the game.

Happy Jele headed home from Thembinkosi Lorch's free-kick to make it 1-0 to Pirates from close range, much to the delight of the home crowd.

The visitors then pushed forward in numbers as they looked to level matters, with Chippa attacking midfielder Mark Mayambela working hard down the right-hand side.

The former Pirates winger's pass went through Jele and found Tebogo Tlolane, who hit the back of the net to make it 1-1 in the 22nd minute.

However, Bucs upped the tempo after conceding with the half-hour mark approaching and they forced the Chilli Boys to concede through an own-goal.

Left-back Phetso Maphanga, who recently rejoined Chippa from Pirates, netted an unfortunate own-goal to make it 2-1 to the hosts in the 28th minute.

Chippa coach Joel Masutha reacted by pulling out Maphanga and he introduced defender Boikanyo Komane seven minutes later.

The visitors were then able to contain the home side and Pirates were leading 2-1 at the interval.

Pirates continued to launch attacks after the restart - piling pressure on the Chippa defence, which conceded a penalty when Vincent Pule was fouled by Gerard Modisane in the box.

South Africa international Pule then dusted himself down and hit the back of the net from the spot-kick to make it make it 3-1 to Pirates four minutes before the hour-mark.

However, the Bucs defence went to sleep and they scored an own-goal in the 67th minute when Innocent Maela allowed the ball to roll on his chest and into the back of the net to make it 3-2.

Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic then brought on Kudakwashe Mahachi, who proved to be an inspired substitute, as he scored with six minutes left to seal the hosts' 4-2 win over Chippa on the night.

Pirates (2) 4 (Jele 4', Maphanga og 28', Pule, 56', Mahachi 84')
Chippa (1) 2 (Tlolane 23', Maela og 67')

Pirates: Mpontshane, Jele, Munetsi, Ndengane, Mbekile, Maela, Mlambo, Nyatama (Makola 61'), Pule, Lorch (Shonga 86'), Mulenga (83').

Chippa: Akpeyi, Macheke, Nsabiyumva, Modisane, Maphanga (Komane 35'), Malepe, Makobela, Sangweni (Mbenyane 46'), Tlolane, Mayambela (Lentjies 64'), R.Manzini.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH FNB STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS CHIPPA UNITED GOALS
39. Phetso Maphanga (28') (OG) 21. Tebogo Tlolane (22')
4. Happy Jele (3') 23. Innocent Maela (67') (OG)
45. Vincent Pule (56')
7. Kudakwashe Mahachi (84')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP CHIPPA UNITED STARTING LINEUP
40
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
27
0
Defender
3'
4
Defender
6
Defender
67'
23
Defender
28'
35'
39
Midfielder
0
Defender
18
Midfielder
33
Defender
22'
21
Midfielder
61'
14
Defender
0
Midfielder
86'
3
Defender
4
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
65'
11
Forward/Striker
83'
17
Midfielder
46'
21
Forward/Striker
56'
45
Forward/Striker
16
SUBSTITUTIONS
Mpho Makola
Midfielder
61'
5
Boikanyo Komane
Midfielder
35'
44
Kudakwashe Mahachi
Midfielder
83'
7
Andile Mbenyane
Midfielder
46'
10
Justin Shonga
Forward/Striker
86'
12
Kurt Lentjies
Midfielder
65'
29
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
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