MATCH CENTRE

SAT 23 FEBRUARY 2019, 20:15, ORLANDO STADIUM

4
VS
1

Pirates beat AmaZulu in Orlando

by Graeme Jackson

Sat February 23, 22:49

Orlando Pirates beat AmaZulu FC 4-1 in an Absa Premiership match at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

As a result, the Buccaneers climbed up to second spot on the league table, while Usuthu remained 11th on the log.

The Buccaneers launched attacks from the start, but Usuthu were able to contain the home side in the first 15 minutes of the match.

AmaZulu managed to take the lead following a quick counter-attack, with Michael Morton setting up Jabulani Ncobeni, who scored to make it 1-0 to the visitors in the 17th minute.

However, Pirates responded with a goal three minutes later when Vincent Pule's low cross was turned home by Kudakwashe Mahachi to make it 1-1.

Bucs then took the lead for the first time four minutes before half-time through Luvuyo Memela, who scored to make it 2-1 to Pirates after being set-up by Justin Shonga.

The momentum was with Pirates and they extended their lead through Shonga after receiving a low cross from Lorch on the stroke of half-time.

Pirates were leading 3-1 against AmaZulu at the interval.

Usuthu coach Cavin Johnson introduced Sammy Darpoh five minutes after the restart as the visitors looked to regain control of the midfield.

However, the visitors were unable to seriously test Pirates goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands with Alfred Ndengane working hard in the hosts' defence.

Johnson's counterpart, Milutin Sredojevic, pulled out Pule and he introduced defensive-minded player Asavela Mbekile.

Both teams launched attacks in the closing stages of the encounter and it was the hosts who grabbed a late goal through Ben Motshwari.

The midfielder fired home to seal Pirates' 4-1 win over AmaZulu in the 83rd minute after the visitors had failed to clear their lines.

Pirates (3) 4 (Mahachi 20', Memela 41', Shonga 44', Motshwari 83')
AmaZulu (1) 1 (Ncobeni 17')

Pirates: Sandilands, Ndengane, Munetsi, Maela, Motshwari, Nyatama, Memela (Mulenga 61'), Pule (Mbekile 66'), Mahachi (Makola 76'), Lorch, Shonga.

AmaZulu: Mbatha, M.Gumede, Sikhakhane (Ramphele 70'), P Gumede (T.Gumede 46'), Nyongo, Morton, Chawapiwa, Vilakazi, Sithebe (Darpoh 50'), Ncobeni, Ntuli.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ORLANDO STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS AMAZULU GOALS
7. Kudakwashe Mahachi (20') 8. Jabulani Ncobeni (17')
11. Luvoyo Memela (41')
12. Justin Shonga (44')
27. Ben Motshwari (83')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP AMAZULU STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
28
Defender
27
Defender
17
Defender
23
Defender
25
Midfielder
83'
27
Defender
27
Midfielder
20'
7
Defender
70'
24
Midfielder
41'
61'
11
Midfielder
17'
8
Midfielder
33
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
50
Midfielder
3
Midfielder
50'
14
Forward/Striker
44'
12
Midfielder
7
Forward/Striker
66'
45
Forward/Striker
7
SUBSTITUTIONS
Augustine Mulenga
Forward/Striker
61'
17
Sammy Darpoh
Midfielder
50'
33
Asavela Mbekile
Midfielder
66'
0
Augustine Ramphele
Midfielder
70'
22
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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