University of Pretoria vs Orlando Pirates PSL Absa Premiership report
Posted: 6 February 2016 Time: 19:11
Orlando Pirates came away from Tuks Stadium with a 1-0 victory over University of Pretoria after their Absa Premiership clash on Saturday night.
Thabo Matlaba finished off a swift move halfway through the second half to propel the Soweto giants up to seventh place on the log standings.
A third game without a win for Shaun Bartlett as Tuks head coach leaves the Tshwane side languishing in the relegation play-off spot, an added blow being that both relegation rivals, Maritzburg United and Jomo Cosmos, suffered defeats.
The home side were on the back foot from the get go and were lucky not to concede in the early exchanges.
First, Washington Arubi made a top save with his feet to keep out Thabo Matlaba's deflected effort, before Mpho Makola rattled the crossbar with a powerful drive from range.
Tuks continued to weather the Buccaneers storm, with Arubi putting up a masterful display, moving to his left to deny Thamsanqa Gabuza on the stroke of half-time.
At the other end of the park, Thabo Mnyamane was a one-man threat. The brace in midweek against Free State Stars rejuvenated the Bafana Bafana striker, who was unlucky to see his right-footed shot on 67 minutes bounce just wide.
Pirates took the lead soon after, Matlaba running on to a good through-ball from Yasser Mugerwa, taking two touches to settle himself and finishing into the right-hand corner with his left foot.
Former Buccaneer Lennox Bacela had a chance to level matters in stoppage time, but could only succeed in sending his snap-shot straight at a grateful Brighton Mhlongo in the Pirates goal.
HOME: University of Pretoria
Coach: Shaun Bartlett
AWAY: Orlando Pirates
Coach: Eric Tinkler