Pirates’ late show too much for SuperSport

Pirates’ late show too much for SuperSport
Vincent Pule of Orlando Pirates celebrates goal with teammates during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Orlando Pirates and Supersport United at Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg on 15 September 2018 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Sep 15, 2018. 22:49

Orlando Pirates produced a late surge to overpower SuperSport United 3-1 in an Absa Premiership clash at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

The Buccaneers’ goals were scored by Vincent Pule, Thembinkosi Lorch and Ben Motshwari, securing three points which takes them up to third on the table. Matsatsantsa drop one place to fourth.

Pirates drew first blood as early as the 15th minute, as a sweeping move put Augustine Mulenga in space down the left flank and his perfectly-placed cross was finished with a cushioned header by Vincent Pule.

SuperSport coach Kaitano Tembo was clearly unhappy with his side’s showing and made a tactical change within the opening half hour, replacing Thuso Phala with Fagrie Lakay.

The Tshwane side soon began to create scoring chances and striker Bradley Grobler drew Pirates goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane into an excellent save in the 36th minute with a fine header on target.

Matsatsantsa ended the first half on top in terms of momentum, but it was the Buccaneers who held the advantage on the score line.

The team in blue continued to look the stronger attacking force in the second stanza, but they had to wait until the 69th minute to draw level. Aubrey Modiba was the creator, twisting and turning on the left edge of the box before playing a teasing cross which was stabbed home at the far post by Bongani Khumalo.

Bucs responded by sending on Justin Shonga and Thembinkosi Lorch in attack and their aggression soon paid dividends: Xola Mlambo created space for Lorch on the edge of the box with some crafty play and the substitute beat Ronwen Williams at his near post with a powerful low drive to make it 2-1 in the 82nd minute.

Five minutes later the hosts extended their advantage to 3-1, with Mulenga providing a low cross for Ben Motshwari – his initial effort was saved by Williams, but the ball rebounded kindly for the midfielder to force it home at the second attempt.

Pirates will return to Premiership action on Wednesday, September 19 when they host Cape Town City, while United’s next match sees them at home to Black Leopards on Sunday, September 23.

Orlando Pirates (1) 3 (Pule 15’, Lorch 82’, Motshwari 87’)
SuperSport United (0) 1 (Khumalo 69’)

Pirates: Mpontshane, Matlaba (Shonga 76’), Jele, Nyauza, Maema, Mako (Thopola 65’), Mlambo, Motshwari, Pule, Mntambo (Lorch 76’), Mulenga

SuperSport: Williams, Kekana, Khumalo, Daniels, Modiba, Phala (Lakay 29’), Furman, Letsholonyane, Mokoena (Keene 68’), Rusike, Grobler (Lungu 86’)



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