MATCH CENTRE

WED 10 APRIL 2019, 19:30, ORLANDO STADIUM

2
VS
0

Pirates move three points clear of Sundowns

by Staff Reporter

Wed April 10, 21:49

Orlando Pirates move clear at the summit of the Absa Premiership standings following a 2-0 win over Black Leopards at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Luvuyo Memela and Thembinkosi Lorch found the back of the net for the hosts, who open a three-point gap between themselves and second placed Mamelodi Sundowns, albeit for the fact that the defending champions have played two games less than Pirates.

Pirates dominated the early exchanges and deservedly opened the scoring in the 23rd minute through Memela. The attacker firing a crisp left-footed free-kick past Rotshidzwa Muleka and into the back of the net.

The Buccaneers created further chances through Musa Nyatama and notable Justin Shonga before the break, but neither could convert with the goal at their mercy.

Shonga squandered a further gilt-edged chance after the interval before golden boot leader Mwape Musonda rattled the woodwork for Lidoda Duvha in the 75th minute.

Pirates finally put the game to bed five minutes later as Lorch latched onto a cross into the area, nodding home from close range to seal all three points for the hosts.

Orlando Pirates (1) 2 (Memela 23' Lorch 80')

Black Leopards (0) 0

Orlando Pirates: Sandilands; Jele, Munetsi, Maela, Dube, Motshwari, Nyatama (Gabuza 82'), Memela (Makola 71'), Qalinge (Pule 61'), Shonga, Lorch.

Black Leopards: Muleka; Munyai, Katjiukua, Munganga, Zulu, Mudau (Mhlongo 83'), Masalesa, Bereng, Sekotlong (Hlongwane 66'), Tshepe (Kapinga 78'), Musonda.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ORLANDO STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS BLACK LEOPARDS GOALS
11. Luvoyo Memela (23')
3. Thembinkosi Lorch (80')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP BLACK LEOPARDS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Defender
4
Goalkeeper
32
Defender
23
Defender
2
Defender
28
Defender
78'
28
Midfielder
27
Defender
0
Midfielder
23'
71'
11
Midfielder
78'
10
Midfielder
33
Midfielder
83'
6
Midfielder
82'
14
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
61'
15
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
80'
3
Forward/Striker
11
Forward/Striker
12
Forward/Striker
66'
37
SUBSTITUTIONS
Vincent Pule
Forward/Striker
61'
45
Lefa Hlongwane
Midfielder
66'
17
Mpho Makola
Midfielder
71'
5
Elton Kapinga
Midfielder
78'
12
Thamsanqa Gabuza
Forward/Striker
82'
31
Joseph Mhlongo
Forward/Striker
83'
30
CARDS
Mpho Makola
Midfielder
88'
5
Jean Munganga
Defender
78'
28
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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