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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 20:00:30

Hayi these old madalazi for sundowns, are making pirates luk good, good win for pirates

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2014-08-27 20:00:33

Kermit Erasmus top player.

Was Shakes Mashaba watching this game?

bucaneer 4 lyf
posted: 2014-08-27 20:00:52

Major is very deadly in front of goals

Glamour Kidd
posted: 2014-08-27 20:00:53

Dont be biased. That was a well deserved red card. VV is very angry about it because it was silly of Matlaba to do that...

Gold Standard
posted: 2014-08-27 20:00:57

They sign as many as dey can bt only 11 can be fielded.

posted: 2014-08-27 20:01:06

Sundowns was on top off the game boss they let them down what happen to them. Is what we always c at ur team so there is no something New.

deleted_35268192_nkombose kababa
posted: 2014-08-27 20:01:30

Don't cry for me pitso

posted: 2014-08-27 20:01:45

That Shakes Mashaba idakwe yi Mboza

posted: 2014-08-27 20:01:48

Baxter said, u don't fix a problem buy cheque book

A good coach fix what is broken not always buy players, said Baxter .

Pitso said today , I gave Erasmus a hand shake, watch the space!

posted: 2014-08-27 20:01:50

Festival's red card will open up game time for Patric Phungwayo. Talk of replacing fire with fire...Pitso needs to cool down during matches.

bucaneer 4 lyf
posted: 2014-08-27 20:02:17

Am I blind or what?Phefeni boy calling Erasmus a top player

posted: 2014-08-27 20:02:30

why masandawana, why  pitso why, you are making these cows to talk a lot, but good win for mabhakajuju

posted: 2014-08-27 20:02:41

Kennedy Mweenie...???

posted: 2014-08-27 20:02:42

The Phefeni Boy®™ maluleka,lebese and kermit deserve to play for bafana bafana.

khosi lami
posted: 2014-08-27 20:02:43

Kermit confidence is up and goals will rain for him 3 beautiful goals for rats

posted: 2014-08-27 20:02:55

Erusmus is jst brilliant,he was literally moking mweene vandag.....i like

former buc_champ
posted: 2014-08-27 20:02:59

The Phefeni Boy®™ i  should hope so but him opting not to select Kermit in the first place tells one that shakes don't know what he's doing, hard times for bafunny ahead. Once and always bucs.

posted: 2014-08-27 20:02:59

You the one who is fool! Chiefs win, and you team win! Why not enjoying the wins boy?

posted: 2014-08-27 20:03:28

Pirates was good with counter-attack. Downs center backs are too slow but they pushed higher anyway & they were badly punished.

posted: 2014-08-27 20:03:51

The Phefeni Boy®™  he is on fire as soon as he get more clinical....Shakes will call him in

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