PSL News 13.1.2018 07:11 pm

Pirates stun Sundowns at Loftus

Ntsikelelo Nyauza of Orlando Pirates celebrates goal during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates at Loftus Versveld Stadium, Pretoria South Africa on 13 January 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Ntsikelelo Nyauza of Orlando Pirates celebrates goal during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates at Loftus Versveld Stadium, Pretoria South Africa on 13 January 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Orlando Pirates beat Mamelodi Sundowns 3-1 in their Premiership match at Loftus Stadium on Saturday afternoon, to move up to third on the log standings.

Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Mpho Makola and Luvuyo Memela with the goals for the visitors. Percy Tau’s first-half strike not enough for ‘Downs, who continue struggle at home this season.

With the 6-0 thumping from last season still fresh in the memory of those – especially the Pirates fans – who gathered in the country’s capital, it came as a huge sigh of relief for The Ghost when it was they who opened the scoring.

Nyauza hammering home within the first two minutes after The Brazilians failed to clear their lines from a corner-kick.

Sundowns went in search of an immediate reply and were only denied the equalizer through the brilliance of Jackson Mabokgwane. Themba Zwane, Tiyani Mabunda and Percy Tau almost in disbelief as the shot-stopper came up with the goods for the visitors.

Having weathered-the-storm, Pirates doubled their lead in the 18th minute. Makola with a rasping finish following a defensive blunder from Motjeka Madisha who coughed up possession in a dangerous position.

Memela squandered a golden chance to increase the Buccaneers lead moments after the half-hour mark. Mabokgwane with the quick release to send the attacker on his bike, but with only Denis Onyango to beat – he could only succeed in guiding his attempt over the crossbar.

The Brazilians finally found the back of the net with 38 minutes on the clock. Themba Zwane with the defence-splitting pass to tee up Percy Tau who made no mistake; firing an unstoppable left-footed shot into the roof of the net.

Pirates, though, were not done as Memela rattled the woodwork after Onyango misjudged a ball into the area. The visitors deservedly in front as the two teams headed for the tunnel at the break.

The action continued following the interval and with Sundowns turning the screw, it was no surprise to see Anthony Laffor make his way onto the pitch on the hour mark, and he should’ve pulled the hosts level with 66 minutes on the clock.

The Liberia international skying his attempt with the goal at his mercy – to the frustration of Pitso Mosimane who ran down the touchline in dissatisfaction.

Sundowns continued to dominate possession and territory, but were ultimately punished for their failure to convert a succession of chances as Memela put the game to bed.

The Pirates attacker, who bagged a brace in their victory over Baroka FC last weekend, sending an unstoppable shot past Onyango in the 83rd minute to put the game to bed.

Victory moves the Sea Robbers up to third place on the log standings, five points off the Brazilians who occupy the summit.

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fixtures

Wits vs Celtic
CT City vs Ajax CT
FS Stars vs Maritzburg Utd
Sundowns vs P Stars

results

Maritzburg Utd 0-1 SuperSport Utd
Baroka 2-0 AmaZulu
Arrows 1-0 SuperSport Utd
Chippa Utd 1-1 Wits

psl log

# Team GP Pts
1 Mamelodi Sundowns 17 31
2 Free State Stars 17 28
3 Cape Town City 17 27
4 Kaizer Chiefs 17 26
5 Orlando Pirates 17 26
6 Baroka FC 17 25
7 Maritzburg United 17 24
8 Chippa United 17 23
9 Bloem Celtic 16 23
10 Golden Arrows 17 21
11 SuperSport United 15 20
12 Polokwane City 16 18
13 Ajax Cape Town 17 16
14 AmaZulu 15 15
15 Bidvest Wits 17 15
16 Platinum Stars 17 15

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