Bucs Sink Arrows To Close The Gap On Downs
Absa Premiership Report: Golden Arrows v Orlando Pirates 17 March 2018
Result: Golden Arrows 1-2 Orlando Pirates
Date: 17 March 2018
Venue: Princess Magogo Stadium
Orlando Pirates moved to within a point of Absa Premiership leaders Mamelodi Sundowns after defeating Golden Arrows 2-1 on Saturday evening.
There was drama in the 55th minute as the referee mistakenly booked Limbikani Mzava for his second yellow card on a challenge that was actually committed by Mzwandile Buthelezi and Arrows were down to 10 men as a result.
Pirates continued to dominate, carving open the Arrows defence on counter-attacks but were let down by their finishing.
The Buccaneers got their second goal 20 minutes before time after an attempted clearance ricocheted onto Dube’s knee and into the back of the net, 0-2.
Jabulani Shongwe produced a moment of brilliance seven minutes before time to pull a goal back for Abafana Bes’thende with a powerful strike from close range.
However, Pirates managed to see off the late surge from Clinton Larsen's charges to claim the win.
Here's how they lined up:
Arrows: 1. Mbaeva, 5. Mzava, 20. Mathiane, 3. Buthelezi, 2. Nkombelo, 28. Bilankulu, 35. Zuke, 37. Ndwandwe (Sibiya 68'), 4. Venter, 27. Magubane (Jooste 60'), 41. Lamola.
Subs: 32. Gumede, 21. Mngwenge, 24. Molefe, 17. Jooste, 19. Mutizwa, 6. Shongwe, 25. Sibiya.
Pirates: 40. Mpontshane, 4. Jele, 6. Shitolo, 28. Dube, 23. Maela, 14. Nyatama, 37. Mlambo, 33. Munetsi, 11. Memela (Matlaba 90'), 3. Lorch (Makola 72'), 27. Shonga (Gabuza 78')
Subs: 16. Mabokgwane, 8. Matlaba, 18. Sarr, Makola, 15. Qalinge, 31. Gabuza, Mulenga.