PSL : Orlando Pirates claim their fifth win of the season
Orlando Pirates claimed their fifth win against University of Pretoria and their forth of the season as they beat University of Pretoria 2-0.
The win moves Orlando Pirates to 10 th position on the log with 15 points. Orlando Pirates still have one game in hand and could see themselves at top end of the table should they collect all 6 points.
Orlando Pirates made four changes from the team that played against Dikwena on Saturday . This saw the likes of Motupa, Maselesa, Rakhale and Man of the Match Mhlongo starting the game.
Goals in the second half by Thabo Matlaba and Sfiso Myeni gave them the most needed win. Lennox Bacela should have given Tuks the lead in the first half but Man of Match Brighton Mhlongo denied him.
Pirates were not at their best in the first half as they struggled to combine, but controlled the second half of the game.
Brighton Mhlongo was the busier of the two keepers in the first half. Mhlongo pulled a double save as Orlando Pirates former striker Lennox Bacela sent a strong low strike on target. The rebound was sent back at goal but went straight at the goalkeeper.
Thabo Mnyamane was another play who gave Man of the match Brighton Mhlongo a treble time in goals. Mnyamane powerful low effort forced a fantastic save from Mhlongo who parried it onto the near post.
It seems like the half time talk inspired a few players and life into the home side game. Two minutes into the second half captain Thabo Matlaba produced a sensational strike to give his side the lead after Kermit Erasmus released him down the left and the full-back unleashing a perfect left-footed shot over Washington Arubi at his near post and into the roof of the net
The Buccaneers had a another great chance to double their lead in the 66th minute as Rakhale cut the ball back from the byline for Erasmus to run onto, Rakhale showed great version and skill to pick the striker but his first-time shot went over.
The result was secured in the 85th minute. Thabo Qalinge provided the assist with a cross from the left and Sifiso Myeni was on hand to direct the ball home after a great run to get into position.
“I want to thank all team mates, supporters and family members who supported me during his 6 months injury period. Every team goes through a rough patch and every team member is important” said Mhlongo
“It was important that we got the 3 point not how we played, results were more important than anything. You are only as good as your last game, in 3 days we face another team that is fighting for survival “ said the Pirates mentor Eric Tinkler
“We didn’t take our chances; they were so good performance from a couple of players. We spoke about the tracking the full back in the change room but unfortunately it was not done and we conceded a goal” said Tuks Coach
“We have being working on this movement at training every-time he gets the ball I have to run and he passed a nice ball and I score. The arm band gives me pressure to perform and lead by example” said Thabo Matlaba
“We worked hard as a team. The technical team and my team mates always told me that I make this type of runs at training. If you don’t gamble you don’t score. I started the move by passing to Qalinge and kept on running into the box. We just have to take it one game at a time as we are not in a good log position.” said Myeni
Pirates: Mhlongo, Gumede, Gcaba, Nyauza, Matlaba, Sarr, Masalesa, Rakhale, Myeni, Motupa, Erasmus
Tuks: Arubi, Mwedihanga, Jaure, Mosadi, Ngubani, Ketjijere, Nyathi, Zwane, Maruping, Mnyamane, Bacela.