MATCH CENTRE

WED 24 APRIL 2019, 19:30, HARRY GWALA STADIUM

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Bucs claim narrow win in Pietermaritzburg

by BackPageTXT

Wed April 24, 21:55

Orlando Pirates’ Absa Premiership title bid remains very much on track after they narrowly defeated Maritzburg United 1-0 at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday night.

A lone goal from Vincent Pule saw the Buccaneers reclaim a three-point lead over nearest chasers Mamelodi Sundowns (who have a game in hand) at the top of the table, while the Team of Choice remain rooted to the foot of the standings and have moved ever closet to direct relegation.

Pirates had a great chance to claim the lead on 14 minutes when Vincent Pule picked up on a poor back pass and squared for Thembinkosi Lorch to shoot into an unguarded net, but Nazeer Allie heroically threw himself in the path of the attacker’s effort and saved a certain goal.

At the other end of the field, Maritzburg youngster Bongokuhle Hlongwane looked a very promising prospect with his speed and skill, and just before the half-hour mark he drilled a low shot across the face of goal in what was the hosts’ best chance of the first half.

The Soweto side came on strong in the dying minutes before the interval, with both Vincent Pule and Lorch shooting just off target – much to the anger of United goalkeeper Richard Ofori, who felt he should have been afforded greater protection from his defence.

Maritzburg made a change at the start of the second half, sending on Deolin Mekoa in place of Mxolisi Kunene, but it was the Buccaneers who continued to look the likelier scorers and saw a missed chance from Justin Shonga in the opening minutes after the restart.

Pirates continued to chip away at the hosts’ defence and finally they broke through on 67 minutes, with a smart passing move putting Luvoyo Memela in on goal – his effort was half saved by Ofori and then touched on by the retreating Brian Onyango, before Vincent Pule tapped home from close range.

The league leaders were happy to play within themselves after taking the lead, knowing that the onus was on Maritzburg to try and force a way back into the game. The KwaZulu-Natal side were unable to really threaten Pirates’ defence, who held firm to ensure a potentially crucial three-point haul.

Maritzburg United 0

Orlando Pirates (0) 1 (Pule 67’)

Maritzburg: Ofori, Allie, De Reuck, Onyango, Shandu, Ndlovu, Timm, Makaringe, Kunene (Mekoa 46’), Mokate (Moseamedi 69’), Hlongwane (Kutumela 78’)

Pirates: Sandilands, Dube, Jele, Munetsi, Maela, Lorch, Motshwari, Nyatama, Memela (Qalinge 90+3’), Pule (Ndengane 77’), Shonga (Mulenga 85’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE HARRY GWALA STADIUM
MARITZBURG UTD. GOALS ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS
45. Vincent Pule (67')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
MARITZBURG UTD. STARTING LINEUP ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
31
Goalkeeper
30
Defender
2
Defender
4
Defender
0
Defender
23
Defender
23
Defender
28
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
90 + 3'
11
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
33
Midfielder
46'
36
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
73'
3
Forward/Striker
78'
0
Forward/Striker
85'
12
Forward/Striker
69'
22
Forward/Striker
67'
77'
45
SUBSTITUTIONS
Deolin Mekoa
Midfielder
46'
28
Alfred Ndengane
Defender
77'
27
Judas Moseamedi
Forward/Striker
69'
6
Augustine Mulenga
Forward/Striker
85'
17
Thabiso Kutumela
Forward/Striker
78'
24
Thabo Qalinge
Midfielder
90 + 3'
15
CARDS
Judas Moseamedi
Forward/Striker
88'
6
Thembinkosi Lorch
Midfielder
73'
3
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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