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Posted: 27 August 2014 Time: 21:47

Orlando Pirates got their Absa Premiership campaign up and running with a 3-0 drubbing of Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Stadium.

Kermit Erasmus finally made his chances count with a brilliant brace, before substitute Lehlohonolo Majoro got a third late on.

Pitso Mosimane made two changes to his starting line-up, bringing in Surprise Moriri and Bongani Zungu for Themba Zwane and Asavela Mbekile, while Vladimir Vermezovic opted to replace Rooi Mahamutsa with Ayanda Gcaba in Pirates’ backline.

The first half was a thrilling one, with the visitors almost getting the opener on five minutes when Gcaba met Erasmus’ corner at the back-post, but his header hit the side-netting.

The opener wasn’t far off though. On 14 minutes a quick counter saw Happy Jele play Erasmus in, and the former SuperSport United man made no mistake with a precise chip from the edge of the area.

After a brief lull in goalmouth action, the two sides then took turns in crashing the paint off the goalframe in three crazy minutes.

First Hlompho Kekana hit a trademark rocket past Senzo Meyiwa, but the ball cannoned back off the crossbar.

From the counter, Thandani Ntshumayelo hit the side-netting, before Oupa Manyisa, with a late run into the box, connected with Erasmus’ square-ball, but he hit his close-range shot onto the upright.

And just a minute later it was Surprise Moriri’s turn; his excellent control setting up a volley which crashed against the upright.

Teko Modise then combined brilliantly with Bongani Zungu before firing straight at Meyiwa, before Erasmus showed the two sides to his game – first brilliant skill to turn a defender in the box, then firing wide from eight yards out.

There was some action just before the break when Meyiwa misjudged a floating free-kick and spilled the ball. Alje Schut came charging in to score, but Issa Sarr made a timely challenge – one which saw the Brazilians’ captain replaced at half-time.

There was drama just before the restart when Pirates lodged an official complaint, supposedly for Schut’s administrative card having expired. After much arguing on the touchline the match went ahead, with Downs pushing hard for an equaliser.

It almost came when substitute Kuda Mahachi floated a cross to Niang, who controlled the ball on his chest, but Meyiwa rushed out to save.

And then the suckerpunch as Pirates – and Erasmus – got their second. Sundowns lost the ball on the edge of the opposition area, and Daine Klate immediately played a long ball to Erasmus, who chipped Kennedy Mweene for a second time.

The Brazilians kept pushing, with Kekana firing a grass-cutter just wide, before Thabo Nthethe had a header cleared off the line.

It was even closer on 75 minutes as Pelembe skinned Sangweni in the area and fired off a shot, only for Meyiwa to pull off a stunning save.

Pirates made it 3-0 soon after, and again it was on the counter-attack. Substitute Majoro made his way into the area and fired a cool finish past Mweene, though the defenders should have cleared before that.

Sundowns squandered another great chance late on when Modise cross perfectly to the unmarked Elias Pelembe at the far-post, but the Mozambican winger leant back and fired way over. 

A night of drama was concluded in injury-time when Matlaba was red-carded for a late challenge on Mahachi, but by then the damage had been done as the Brazilians continued their poor start to the season.

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Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-08-27 19:48:46

Well done Kermit....You showed CLASS!

posted: 2014-08-27 19:50:41

Thers only 3 teams in the psl. kaizer chiefs, orlando pirates n the rest!

posted: 2014-08-27 19:51:04

What has the card issue got to do with play on field

Gold Standard
posted: 2014-08-27 19:51:16

well played Kermit.

posted: 2014-08-27 19:52:14

Someone will get the same scoreline in the MTN8 final.

The team played well, was impressed with Gcaba, salute

posted: 2014-08-27 19:52:52

Sundowns, jou lekker ding!!

Gold Standard
posted: 2014-08-27 19:53:04

score where. we  are not a charity of giving away goals thina.

posted: 2014-08-27 19:53:09

Congratulations Pirates, you deserve the win

Fumigator {#Komphela Is A Spaza Shop Coach}
posted: 2014-08-27 19:53:16

Cry the beloved Pitso.

posted: 2014-08-27 19:53:21

Pitso's interview though. But well done ratties

posted: 2014-08-27 19:54:34

we dont need any congrats from the zebras

posted: 2014-08-27 19:55:00

two Soweto giants are ruling this lig with the third one the birds coming in slowly,well done to all three of them

posted: 2014-08-27 19:55:12

Can someone get pizza a BIG BOX of TISSUES


posted: 2014-08-27 19:55:20

Wonder where is MetalWolf aka ZincWolf with his meaningless and useless essays. Come out you flop!!

posted: 2014-08-27 19:55:20

some fool from naturena said majoro wnt score again.are you still talking fool.

posted: 2014-08-27 19:55:21

Hahahahahahaahahaa....Pitso said "Kermit is a very great player i shook hi hand"......hahahahahh

posted: 2014-08-27 19:55:25

sundowns is a flop...how many  players do they have again...remind me

Double Action 7
posted: 2014-08-27 19:55:26

We were properly walloped. Congrats to Pirates. I have been saying this before the beginning of the season:" Fix your defense Pitso"

Glamour Kidd
posted: 2014-08-27 19:55:55

Congratulations Bucaneer. Dont let the blood rush to your head. We are not in a business of loaning players and points.

posted: 2014-08-27 19:56:02

Where are these yellows pizza yena lol

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