Pirates sink Cape Town City to sit at the top of PSL |
A late strike by Thabo Qalinge in the 82nd minutes saw Orlando Pirates win against Cape Town City and leap Pirates to the top of the ABSA Premiership at FNB stadium in Nasrec, Johannesburg.
Orlando Pirates started off the game with high intensity and had Cape Town City goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters called into action as he had to come to the rescue early in the game. Pirates should have been 3 nil up before going to break but missed two clear chances. Mpho Makola who had a poor game on the night was the first one to have a clear chance with the midfielder missing from a close range after receiving a pass from Bernard Morrison. Ten minutes later, Pirates got another chance as Thabo Qalinge beat Thamsanqa Mkhize for pace and found Musa Nyatama with only the keeper to beat but the slow paced midfielder blasted his shot over the post with the Pirates bench left with disbelief.
Cape Town City started off with brilliant runs through the wings and utilized Ayanda Patosi pace to their advantage as they kept attacking. Ayanda Patosi called man of the Wayne Sandilands into action as he blasted out of the box only for the Pirates goalkeeper minder to punch the ball for a corner. The Citizens nearly broke the deadlock through the corner after Roland Putsche connected well with the ball and saw his header saved by Sandilands to deny the defender his first goal of the season. Cape Town City thought they had grabbed a goal towards the last minutes of the game after Lyle Lakay pass found Lehlohonolo Majoro in the box with the former Orlando Pirates putting the ball in the net only for the referee to rule offside. The game went to haltime at nil all.
Cape Town City came into the second half of the match with much more enthusiasm and kept the Pirates defense chasing their speedy wingers. Both clubs made substitutions with intend to attack but saw the match become a battle in the middle of the park.
Orlando Pirates brought in 17 year old Lyle Foster who made his debut against Maritzburg United last week. The Pirates sensation didn’t disappoint after clever interchange play between him and Thabo Qalinge ended at the back of the net with the Soweto born Thabo Qalinge putting the host infront after tapping the ball into an empty net in the 82nd minutes of the game.
Cape Town City threw everything they had as they searched for an equalizer but saw their chances go to waste and the Pirates keeper Wayne Sandilands keeping a clean sheet. Pirates held on and won the match 1-0 handing Benni McCarthy his second straight loss against Soweto clubs.
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