MATCH CENTRE

SAT 11 MAY 2019, 15:00, ORLANDO STADIUM, JOHANNESBURG

3
VS
0

Pirates’ ship sunk

by BackPageTXT

Sat May 11, 17:30

Orlando Pirates finished second in the Absa Premiership notwithstanding their impressive 3-0 thumping over Polokwane City in their last league game of the season at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

The Buccaneers finished two points behind 2018/19 champions Mamelodi Sundowns who beat Free State Stars 1-0, also on Saturday, to deny the Soweto-based team.

Despite the loss Polokwane finished the season in fifth place.

The Buccaneers got off to a flying start with the opening goal in the seventh minute when Augustine Mulenga played Thembinkosi Lorch through on goal and he made no mistake with just the keeper to beat, 1-0.

Pirates doubled their lead in the 19th minute when a thunderous long-range effort from Vincent Pule found the corner of the goal, 2-0.

The home side continued to dominate matters and made it three four minutes before the break with a second goal for Lorch as he drove into the box from the left and fired into the roof of the net.

It was 3-0 at the break.

Polokwane were a much better side at the start of the second half and almost pulled a goal back on the hour mark when Bongile Booi met an inch perfect cross into the box, but his ten-yard header rattled the crossbar.

Pirates found their feet once again in the second half and came close to scoring again in the 77th minute when Luvoyo Memela let fly from 20-yards out, but his low shot scraped the outside of the post.

The pace of the game died out after that as the Buccaneers cruised to an easy win as they finished second on the league table.

Pirates (3) 3 (Lorch 7’ + 41’, Pule 19’)

Polokwane (0) 0

Teams

Pirates: 30. Sandilands; 23. Maela, 33. Munetsi, 4. Jele, 28. Dube; 27. Motshwari (Shonga 87’), 14. Nyatama (Makola 83’), 45. Pule, 3. Lorch, 11. Memela, 17. Mulenga (Qalinge 75’)

Polokwane: 50. Phali; 33. Mvelase, 24. Hlongwane, 27. Motloung, 22. Mbonani (Maponyane 68’), 20. Phiri, 25. W. Maluleke (Sikhondze 83’), 31, Wagaba, 8. J. Maluleke, 29. Mphambaniso, 3. Anas (Booi 46’).

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE ORLANDO STADIUM, JOHANNESBURG
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS POLOKWANE CITY GOALS
45. Vincent Pule (19')
3. Thembinkosi Lorch (41')
3. Thembinkosi Lorch (7')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP POLOKWANE CITY STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
50
Defender
4
Defender
54'
68'
22
Defender
23
Midfielder
8
Defender
28
Midfielder
31
Midfielder
87'
27
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
33
Midfielder
2
Midfielder
83'
14
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
7'
41'
3
Midfielder
24
Forward/Striker
75'
17
Midfielder
83'
0
Forward/Striker
19'
45
Forward/Striker
46'
3
SUBSTITUTIONS
Thabo Qalinge
Midfielder
75'
15
Bongile Booi
Midfielder
46'
0
Mpho Makola
Midfielder
83'
5
Walter Maponyane
Defender
68'
5
Justin Shonga
Forward/Striker
87'
12
Banele Sikhondze
Forward/Striker
83'
23
CARDS
Sibusiso Mbonani
Defender
54'
22
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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