Blow by blow: Orlando Pirates vs Black Aces

FILE PICTURE: Tshidiso Tukane of Black Aces and Daine Klate of Pirates during the Absa Premiership match between Black Aces and Orlando Pirates at Mbombela Stadium on October 21, 2014 in Nelspruit, South Africa. (Photo by Dirk Kotze/Gallo Images)

FILE PICTURE: Tshidiso Tukane of Black Aces and Daine Klate of Pirates during the Absa Premiership match between Black Aces and Orlando Pirates at Mbombela Stadium on October 21, 2014 in Nelspruit, South Africa. (Photo by Dirk Kotze/Gallo Images)

Mpumalanga Black Aces host Orlando Pirates at the Mbombela Stadium for their Absa Premiership match. AmaZayoni beat Swallows 3-2 over the weekend to extend their unbeaten run to five matches. Ezimnyama got back to winning ways against Free State Stars on Saturday.

Starting XI

Black Aces: Jackson Mabokgwane, Doctor Mampuru, Lehlohonolo Nonyane, Siboniso Gumede, Valery Nahayo, Zamuxolo Ngalo, Tshidiso Tukane, Onyekachi Okonkwo, Collins Mbesuma, Abia Nale, Tendai Ndoro.

Orlando Pirates: Senzo Meyiwa, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Patrick Phungwayo, Siyabonga Sangweni, Ayanda Gcaba, Isaa Sarr, Oupa Manyisa, Khethokwakhe Masuku, Kermit Erasmus, Thandani Ntshumayelo, Daine Klate

– Aces get the match underway

– Pirates playing from left to right, while Aces play from right to left

1 minute an early free kick to Pirates as Gcaba is fouled

2 minutes Pirates on the attack. Erasmus is denied by the cross bar. He shots from an awkward angle

3 minutes Pirates players appeal for a penalty as Erasmus is tackled in the box. Referee waves play on

4′ Meyiwa leaves his line too early but jumps to deny Ndoro and opportunity to loop the ball over him

5′ Both teams are attacking, an exciting start to the match

8′ Erasmus shake of Nahayo in the box and fail to apply the finishing touch required to beat Mabokgwane at the far post. Goal kick to Ace

11′ Free kick to Aces as Nale is fouled close to the corner flag

12′ A floating ball into the box finds Collins Mbesuma, he nods the ball home. Aces 1-0 Pirates

14′ Throw in to Pirates

15′ Aces lose the ball in the final third allowing Pirates to move up filed

16′ Aces win back possession and threaten the Buccaneer’s defence

18′ Phungwayo sprints forward living a few defenders behind him. His shot is wide off the mark. Goal kick to Aces

20′ Free kick is awarded to Aces following Gcaba’s push on Nale

21′ The cross is punched away by Meyiwa

24′ Phungwayo over-cooks is cross into Aces’ box and it goes out for a goal kick

25′ Corner kick to Pirates. Mabokgwane collects comfortably in the air and finds an unmarked Nale with the long ball. Nale is dispossessed, Pirates wins the ball back

27′ Ngalo with a glorious opportunity in the box. He rockets the ball over Meyiwa’s goal posts. Goal kick to Pirates

30′ Ntshumayelo is back on his feet. He seemed to be in pain a few seconds ago

31′ Nale gives the ball away easily to Pirates in the final third after working hard to get in a good position

32′ Offside call against Erasmus

33′ Superb run by Manyisa and Masuku into the final third. Masuku’s shot fits the side netting.

34′ Ntshumayelo needs medical attention, he walks off the field

37′ Throw in to Aces

38′ Nonyane is booked for time wasting tactics

39′ Masuku with a powerful shot that misses the target narrowly

41′ Mbesuma chests the ball down and turns brilliantly in the box to put the ball over the goal posts. Goal kick to Pirates

42′ Offside call against Pirates

44′ 2 minutes of added time will be played

45′ Corner kick to Pirates

45+’ Nale with an opportunity to extend the lead, he leaves the ball for Ndoro who sends the ball into the stands.

– Referee blows for half time

Half Time score. Mpumalanga Black Aces 1-0 Orlando Pirates

– The second half is underway

– Aces attacking from left to right. Pirates attacking from right to left

46′ Corner kick to Pirates. Aces defend successfully

48′ Throw in to Pirates.

49′ Goal kick to Aces

50′ Tukane’s toe poke in the box is off target

51′ Aces fail to capitalise on a defensive mistake by Sangweni as Masuku retrieves the ball from Nale

54′ Abia Nale is carried off the filed. Dennies Masina comes on in his place

55′ Okonkwo is booked for his challenge on Gcaba

57′ Masina’s first touch in the box is brilliant but the follow up let’s him down. Goal kick to Pirates

58′ Double substitution by Pirates. Thabo Qalinge comes on for Khethokwakhe Masuku. Thandani Ntshumayelo is replaced by Lehlohonolo Majoro.

60′ Corner kick to Aces. Ngalo misdirects his free header out for a goal kick

61′ Mbesuma is fouled by Sarr. His retaliation gets his a yellow cut

63′ Ngalo stays on his feet to stop a skillful Erasmus from taking a shot at goal

64′ Qalinge’s shot is blocked

65′ Phungwayo chests thew ball down wonderfully and misses the target

66′ Mabokgwane with a good firm save to deny Qalinge

67′ Mabokgwane gets off his line to block Erasmus’ shot. His second attempted to spot Erasmus gives Pirates the advantage in the for of a penalty

68′ Lehlohonolo Majoro steps up to score the penalty. Aces 1-1 Pirates

69′ Okonkwo an excellent strike to force a good save out of Meyiwa

70′ Mabokgwane gets of his line quickly to stop Majoro from controlling a long ball from the Pirates defence

73′ Mbesuma is carried off the field

74′ Mabhuti Kanyeza replaces Collins Mbesuma. Forced change by Aces

77′ Daine Klate makes way for Sifiso Myeni. Substitution by Pirates

78′ Manyisa with a hand ball in the box. He tries to clear the cross and gives away a penalty to Aces in the process

79′ Mabhuti Khanyeza scores from the penalty spot. Aces 2-1 Pirates

81′ Free kick to Aces

83′ Tisashe Nengomashe comes on for Onyekachi Okonkwo. Substitution by Aces

86′ Aces give away possession

87′ Free kick to Aces.

88′ Mabokgwane catches a cross into the box, goal kick to Aces

89′ Throw in to Aces

90′ 5 minutes of added time will be played at the Mbombela Stadium

90+’ Gumede blocks Majoro’s shot, the rebound ball falls for Masuku, Mabokgwane pulls off another save.

90+’ Majoro is fouled by Nahayo. Erasmus’ free kick shot is wide off the mark

– The referee blow for full time

Full Time score. Mpumalanga Black Aces 2-1 Orlando Pirates




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