Pirates Go Second After Six-Goal Thriller
Absa Premiership Report: Chippa United v Orlando Pirates, 25 February 2018
Result: Chippa United 2-4 Orlando Pirates
Date: 25 February 2018
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Orlando Pirates moved into second place on the Absa Premiership table after beating Chippa United 4-2 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The first real chance of the game went to Pirates in the fifth minute when Justin Shonga fired a long-range free-kick towards goal, but the Chippa goalkeeper was up to the challenge and made a fine acrobatic save to deny him.
Ten minutes later a mistake at the back by Pirates defender by Ntsikelelo Nyauza gifted the ball to Thabo Rakhale, who drove forward and squared for Sizwe Mdlinzo, but he shot inches wide from 14-yards out with just the keeper to beat.
In the 18th minute, Chippa took the lead when a clever ball over the top of the Pirates defence from Andile Mbenyane found Mxolisi Macuphu inside the box and he spectacularly volleyed the ball into the back of the net from 14-yards out, 1-0.
Seven minutes later the Buccaneers were afforded a great chance to equalise when a cross from Bernard Morrison struck the hand of Paseka Mako inside the box and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.
Morrison stepped up and expertly converted from the spot to level matters, 1-1.
Neither team could find another goal before the half-time break as the two sides entered the tunnel all square.
Three minutes into the second half, Morrison came within inches of scoring when his 20-yard shot shaved the wrong side of the post.
Just after the hour mark, Morrison was in the thick of the action again on the counter-attack for Pirates when he broke behind the Chippa defence and tried to cleverly chip the keeper, but his attempt went narrowly wide.
In the 66th minute, Musa Nyatama came close to giving Pirates the lead when he drove into the box but saw his 12-yard effort come off the post.
Nonetheless, the Buccaneers persisted and did find the back of the net for a second time in the 73rd minute following a goalmouth scramble inside the box, with the ball eventually poked home by Shonga from close range, 2-1.
Chippa were not going to go down without a fight, though, and equalised in the 83rd minute after Katlego Mashego tapped the ball home from eight-yards out after latching onto a 14-yard shot from Rakhale, which rebounded into his path, 2-2.
However, Chippa’s joy was short-lived when Pirates re-took the lead three minutes later after Thembinkosi Lorch headed home a left-wing cross from Innocent Maela, 3-2.
The icing on the cake for Pirates was their fourth goal in the 94th minute after an extraordinary long-range effort from Shonga on the right side of the box found the corner of the net, 4-2.
Here is how they line up.
Chippa: 29. Mhlongo, 22. Modisane, 5. Konqobe, 2. Okwuosa, 7. Mako, 21. Rakhale, 27. Mabaso (33. Maholo 75’), 20. Mdlinzo, 11. Mayambela (43. Mashego 82’), 10. Mbenyane, 17. Macupha (6. Sali. 67’).
Subs: 1. Akpeyi, 47. Nsabiyumva, 43. Mashego, 37. Seanego, 40. Manqele, 33. Maholo, 6. Sali.
Pirates: 16. Mabokgwane, 23. Maela, 4. Jele, 34. Nyauza, 28. Dube, 33. Munetsi (37. Mlambo 56’), 14. Nyatama, 11. Memela (8. Matlaba 77’), 3. Lorch, 12. Morrison (18. Sarr 90’), 27. Shonga.
Subs: 40. Mponthsane, 8. Matlaba, 37. Mlambo, 18. Sarr, 15. Qalinge, 31. Gabuza, 20. Foster.