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MDC Update: Pirates beat FS Stars

Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016 - 09:05

Orlando Pirates registered their second win in as many matches in the Multichoice Diski Challenge when they defeated Free State Stars 3-1 in a match played at Rand Stadium on Sunday.

A brace by midfielder Yusuf Maart and a goal from striker Grant Peters was enough to see the Young Buccaneers move up to second place on the log table.

With the team lead by captain on the day, Ricardo Lourenco, the hosts dominated proceedings from kick off and almost went a goal ahead as early as the 10th minute when a through ball by Maart unlocked the defence and unleashed Phila Mzila on goal however, the midfielder’s hesitation in front of goal allowed the Free State Stars defender enough time to thwart the attack.

The hosts would get another chance midway through the first half but this time; Peters would not miss the opportunity. A defence splitting pass deep from Pirates’ own half by midfielder Katleho Molaba, played Grant on to goal and the 20-year old dribbled passed a defender an coolly curled in his shot passed the keeper.

Pirates went 2-0 up courtesy of a wonder strike from Maart shortly before the half time break.

Full back Kamogelo Lechaba played a pin point cross for Lourenco who then laid of the ball to Maart. The 21-year old beat two defenders before riffling a left footed screamer into the top corner.

Score at half time 2-0 for the hosts.

Free State Stars made two changes at the break and this seemed to spark a mini revival from the visitors.

The striking partnership of Eethe Khaukani and Maphakisa continued to trouble Tercious Malepe and Lehlohonolo Msthali in the Pirates rearguard and their persistence paid off six minutes into the second stanza.

Khaukani, who scored two goals in the opening week of MDC, showed his goal scoring instinct by pouncing on a loose ball on the edge of the box to pull one back for the visitors.

The goal led to an Ea Lla Koto onslaught as Pirates resorted to camping in their half and absorbing the continuous attack hoping to catch Stars on the break.

Despite the heavy pitch both sets of players ran up and down the wet ground with little restraint and looked urgently for that all-important goal. Despite Stars’ gallant effort, it would be the Buccaneers, who would get it from the penalty spot after Thobela Sikhakhane was brought down in the box in the 89th minute.

Maart stepped up and scored with a well-placed shot into the bottom left corner.

The victory sees Pirates move up to second place behind Bidvest Wits who have a superior goal difference.

Next in line for the Buccaneers is a home match against Maritzburg United.

Starting XI : J Mabokgwane, K Lechaba, D Job, T Malepe, L Mtshali, L Sentsho, K Molaba, Y Maart, R Lourenco (C), P Mzila, Grant Peters

Subs: T Tsotetsi, B Hlongwa, T Sikhakhane, S Jaftha, F Matebajane

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