Bucs hand Stellies first league loss


Orlando Pirates returned to winning ways in the DStv Premiership following a 3-0 victory over Stellenbosch FC on Wednesday evening.

Midfielder Ben Motshwari picked out the Buccaneers line-up from the goalless draw against Golden Arrows, with Terrence Dzvukamanja starting too as Stellies remained unchanged.

After a lively start, Pirates grabbed the lead on 20 minutes after a knockdown from the far left in the area by Deon Hotto released an unmarked Collins Makgaka to execute a close-range finish.

The Buccaneers doubled their lead within a minute when Hotto this time robbed Alan Robertson from possession to go on and beat goalkeeper Sage Stephens with a low strike.

Stellenbosch looked for an instant response and nearly found it through a powerful free-kick from Junior Mendieta, but the reflexes from Siyabonga Mpontshane matched the strike.

Pirates entered the second half in mean mood and increased their lead through a stern finish from Hotto following clever combination play by Kwame Peprah and Makgaka.

With over ten minutes in the restart, the Buccaneers decided to bring on fresh faces in Kwanda Mngonyama in the place of Bandile Shandu.

The Maroons and Whites began to assert pressure on the Sea Robbers with balls in and around the area, but the Soweto giants managed to clear.

Pirates though were denied a fourth in the last 15 minutes when Olisa Ndah finished a loose ball at the near post from a corner-kick, but it was ruled out following an indiscretion.

Steve Barker’s men scared the Buccaneers late on with a succession of chances from Mendieta that angled off the woodwork late on, but the Soweto giants emerged victorious in the end.

Confirmed line-ups:

Stellenbosch: Stephens,  Kwinika, Robertson, Van Rooyen, Van Heerden, Mthethwa,  Jabaar, Sinkala, Du Preez, Mendieta.

Subs: Bombay, Adams, Johannes, Isaacs, Khunyedi, De Goede, Letsoenyo, Msengi, Moseamedi.

Pirates: Mpontshane, Nyauza, Ndah, Shandu, Mako, Motshwari, Makaringe, Hotto, Makgaka, Dzvukamanja, Peprah

Subs: Sandilands, Radiopane, Mngonyama, Mntambo, Maela, Sam, Dlamini, Monare, Mabasa

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