PSL match report: Platinum Stars vs Orlando Pirates
Posted: 16 December 2013 Time: 15:11
After a first-half blitz Orlando Pirates got the revenge they were looking for with a 3-0 win over Platinum Stars today.
Goals from Thandani Ntshumayelo, Oupa Manyisa and Dlaine Klate, all scored in the first half-hour of the game, went some way in restoring Pirates' pride, after their two cup final losses to Dikwena this season.
Stars were never in the game, lacked their usual intensity and were comfortably second best against a rampant Pirates, who were inspired by Kermit Erasmus up front.
Bucs might have been ahead inside two minutes when Ayanda Gcaba headed over the bar from Manyisa's cross, but they did not have to wait long for their opener.
Sifiso Myeni played in Erasmus with a great ball and the latter crossed to the back post for Ntshumayelo to turn home.
Erasmus then had the ball in the back of the net, but it was wrongly ruled out for offside.
Pirates soon did have their second though, Manyisa scoring after Erasmus found space on the left and provided an excellent square-ball for the midfielder to turn home.
Klate made it 3-0 with another fine move and again Erasmus was the provider. His run terrorised the Stars defence and he then laid on the perfect ball into the path of Klate to side-foot past Siyabonga Mpontshane in the home goal.
The unlucky Erasmus came close to a goal when he was played one-on-one with Mpontshane, but his poked effort at goal was blocked by the goalkeeper and eventually trickled just wide.
Next up for Pirates is a meeting with University of Pretoria at Orlando Stadium on Thursday, while Stars will finish their 2013 programme with an away trip to Ajax Cape Town on Saturday night.