PSL : Baroka FC and Orlando Pirates share the spoils
Baroka FC hosted Orlando Pirates in an entertaining match of football but both sides had to settle for draw after 1-1 score line at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday night
Orlando Pirates were without Tendai Ndoro who was allowed to join a Saudi team
The two teams have played each other three times since Baroka FC were promoted to the elite league and all games ended with a 1 -1.
Goals through headers by Thabo Qalinge and Abdi Banda in each half made sure the team shared the spoils.It was Banda’s first goal in South African Football
Many will remember the two great games in 2016/17 season where one saw Baroka FC goal keeper Masuleke scoring with a beautiful bicycle kick in the last minutes of the game to steal a point after Pirates lead the entire. On the return leg it was Orlando Pirates who stole the show in the last minutes through a header of Issa Sarr.
The two teams always dished great football and this time it was not a surprise when it was end to end stuff.
Siphelele Ntshangase who had completed his move from Black Leopard to Baroka FC made it to the bench
It was Orlando Pirates who showed their intention from the word go when Thabo Qalinge long range effort sailed over the crossbar.
Maela was in his elements again delivering quality crosses in the box for Gabuza and others. It was not a surprise when he found the striker (Gabuza) at the far post but he couldn’t connect with it well
Baroka were forced to make a early substation after Kgoetyane picked up an injury, in came Motupa in his place.
Baroka were not going to play dead and allow Pirates to come at them at well, Chawapihwa tried penetrating the penalty box of Pirates but he was closed down quickly.
Qalinge tried again to find opening goal but his half volley shot was blocked and the follow up by Memela went way above the post
Sipho ‘Sgobe’ Moeti started dishing the kind of football that he is know for in Kasi football circle, entertaining the crowd
It wasn’t surprising when Qalinge scored through a header after connecting well with Mpho Makola cross into the box and he direct his header into the far corner to beat Vries. Orlando Pirates lead 0 -1
Gitf Motupa who is on loan from Orlando Pirates nearly equalized with a diving header but Sandilands was equal to the task
Gabuza was used as reference point for Orlando Pirates, he should have scored to make the score 2-0 but he couldn’t direct his header.
Baroka were again forced to make another forced substitution after Mosele picked up an injury as well and in came Mdantsane.
The game went into the break with the visitors leading 0-1
Baroka Coach Thobejane took a gamble when he introduced the new midfielder signing Siphelele Ntshangase
Ntshangase didn’t waste time showing why he is regarded as one of the country’s most promising playmakers, as he gave Baroka FC the much needed fire power upfront. His runs off the ball and quality passes started confusing Orlando Pirates players and that opened spaces for his team mates.
Pirates made a chance bringing on Rakhale for Memela,
Buccanners kept knocking but Gabuza fired straight at Vries while Thabo Rakhale saw his shot deflected over the crossbar after some great footwork on the edge of the box.
Punch Masenamela proved that he can strike the ball as well but his attempt was dealt with by Sandilands
Ntshangase and Sgobe started combining well and it was not a surprise when their managed to open up the Orlando Pirates defense when Ntshangase’s located Moeti in the box but Nyauza was forced to make a crucial intervention and conceded a corner.
Moeti took the corner and brilliantly located defender Banda at the far post who out jumped the Pirates powered his header past a despairing Sandilands back where the ball came from. Baroka 1 – 1 Orlando Pirates
Both teams then throw everything at each other and it was Ntshangase and Sgobe’s show as not Pirates were made to think twice before venturing forward
Baroka FC: Vries, Masenamela, Banda, Mahashe, Kgoetyane (Mothupa 17′), Madubanya, Mosele (Mdantsane 45+3′), Kgaswane, Chawapihwa, Moeti, Motupa (Ntshangase 47′)
Orlando Pirates: Sandilands, Shitolo, Nyauza, Matlaba, Maela, Mobara (Nkosi 82′), Makola, Nyatama, Memela (Rakhale 58′), Qalinge (Kutumela 80′), Gabuza