MATCH CENTRE

TUE 22 JANUARY 2019, 19:30, ORLANDO STADIUM

1
VS
1

Baroka hold Buccaneers 1-1

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Tue January 22, 21:53

Baroka FC held Absa Premiership title hopefuls Orlando Pirates to a 1-1 draw at the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The result sees Bakgaga move up one spot to 13th on the log, while the Buccaneers missed out on the chance to draw level with leaders Bidvest Wits and remain in second place.

Pirates started with attacking intent and created several early chances, but they were unable to capitalise on them. The hosts were then punished in the 13th minute, with Baroka’s Matome Mabeba scoring with a brilliant strike direct from a free kick to put Baroka 1-0 up.

The Buccaneers bossed the remainder of the first half, but were unable to create many clear-cut chances despite their dominance. The best opportunity went the way of Linda Mntambo near the interval, but he was unable to test Elvis Chipezeze in the Baroka goal.

Pirates made a tactical change at the start of the second half, replacing hard-working midfielder Ben Motshwari with the more attack-minded Thembinkosi Lorch, and they looked to up their intensity in the final third.

Ten minutes after the restart Justin Shonga nearly came up with a great equaliser, pulling down a difficult ball on the edge of the penalty area before sending a volley just over the crossbar.

The Soweto giants then almost forced an own goal with just under a quarter hour of regulation time remaining, as Baroka’s Abdi Banda inadvertently directed a low cross toward his own net, but Chipezeze was on hand to make the save.

Pirates’ pressure finally paid off in the 83rd minute when Vincent Pule got on the end of a cross from Augustine Mulenga and placed a superb header beyond the reach of Chipezeze to make it 1-1.

Bucs pushed for a winner in what remained of the match – including over 10 minutes of injury time – but they were unable to find another way through the Limpopo side’s defence.

The teams will return to Absa Premiership action on the first weekend of February, with Pirates away to SuperSport United and Baroka at home to Chippa United.

Orlando Pirates (0) 1 (Pule 83’)
Baroka FC (1) 1 (Mabeba 13’)

Pirates: Mabokgwane, Dube (Gabuza 60’), Jele (Mahachi 76’), Ndengane, Mako, Motshwari (Lorch 46’), Munetsi, Mntambo, Pule, Shonga, Mulenga

Baroka: Chipezeze, Banda, Semenya, Sibiya, Gebhardt, Mabeba, Madigoe, Mosele, Makgaka (Mapheto 76’), Sodi (Chinyengetere 68’), Dickens (Chawapiwa 57’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ORLANDO STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS BAROKA FC GOALS
45. Vincent Pule (83') 13. Matome Mabeba (13')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP BAROKA FC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
0
Defender
27
Defender
24
Defender
76'
4
Defender
0
Defender
60'
28
Defender
36
Midfielder
46'
27
Midfielder
76'
10
Midfielder
32
Midfielder
90 + 3'
0
Midfielder
90 + 14'
33
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
29
Midfielder
57'
28
Forward/Striker
17
Midfielder
13'
13
Forward/Striker
12
Midfielder
68'
25
Forward/Striker
83'
45
Midfielder
86'
0
SUBSTITUTIONS
Thembinkosi Lorch
Midfielder
46'
3
Talent Chawapiwa
Midfielder
57'
7
Thamsanqa Gabuza
Forward/Striker
60'
31
Rodwell Chinyengetere
Midfielder
68'
0
Kudakwashe Mahachi
Midfielder
76'
7
Lesedi Mapheto
Midfielder
76'
18
CARDS
Marshall Munetsi
Midfielder
90 + 14'
33
Thato Madigoe
Midfielder
86'
0
Elvis Chipezeze
Midfielder
90 + 3'
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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