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Shonga, Lorch Guide Bucs Past Dikwena

Absa Premiership Report: Platinum Stars v Orlando Pirates 27 January 2018

By Soccer Laduma - Jan 27, 2018 05:27 PM

Absa Premiership

Result: Platinum Stars 0-2 Orlando Pirates

Date: 27 January 2018

Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium

Goals from Justin Shonga and Thembinkosi Lorch guided Orlando Pirates to a 2-0 win over Platinum Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

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Bonginkosi Ntuli almost opened the scoring in the third minute with a stinging volley, but Jackson Mabokgwane made a crucial save to tip the effort out for a corner.

A minute later, Thembinkosi Lorch had a chance at the other end, following a counter-attack but Dino Visser kept the scores level with a great stop.

The pace of the match slowed down after 20 minutes, following a bumper start from both sides, with clear cut chances hard to come by, as the heat took  it's toll as the water break was utilised.

Justin Shonga broke the deadlock in the 27th minute, with a header at the near post following a pin-point cross from Innocent Maela on the left wing.

Sibusiso Msomi fancied his chances of finding the equaliser seven minutes from halftime, with a right-footed curler from outside the box but he was off the mark.

Musa Nyatama almost doubled the Buccaneers' lead four minutes before the break, with a left-footed strike that rattled the side-netting, as the score remained 1-0 to the visitors at the break.

Shonga nearly got his second goal of the game 10 minutes into the second half with a sumptuous right-footed curling strike from just outside the box that missed the target by inches.

Milutin Sredojevic was forced into a change a minute after the hour as central defender Gladwin Shitolo went down with an injury and was replaced by Marshall Munetsi.

Lorch got the cushion goal for the Bucs with 18 minutes remaining after being gifted a lot of space to pick his spot from the centre of the box and he duly slotted into far corner, 0-2.

Pirates Debutant Diamond Thopola was introduced with eight minutes to go, replacing Mpho Makola who captained the side in the absence of Thabo Matlaba.

Dikwena looked dead and buried in the last few minutes as the Soweto giants ran out 2-0 winners on the day.

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Here's how they lined up:

Stars: 35. Visser, 18. De Jongh, 6/ Sithole, 25. Mthethwa, 20. Mpeta, 2. Mere, 41. Mekoa, 43. Rambuwane, 22. Ng'ambi, 15. Msomi, 17. Ntuli.

Pirates: 16. Mabokgwane, 6. Shitolo, 34, Nyauza, 28. Dube, 23. Maela, 14. Nyatama, 5. Makola, 26. Norodien, 11. Memela, 3. Lorch, 27. Shonga.


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sesikhona Joined: 18 Jan 2018
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sesikhona Jan 29, 2018 03:48 PM
UP THE BUCKS
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sesikhona Jan 29, 2018 03:45 PM
Kancane kancane iPirates izophumelela
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Flash Mabuza Jan 29, 2018 11:29 AM
justin shonga bafwethu!!! ai what a marvel
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Shepherd Mtetwa Jan 29, 2018 08:19 AM
In Shonga i believe plz loan sell Gabuza b4 the window closes
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Pirates_999 Jan 29, 2018 07:25 AM
Just 5 points behind Sundraws
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Jwarha Jan 29, 2018 05:28 AM
Gud win Bucs
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Mr Ntsonda Jan 28, 2018 09:47 PM
Orlando Pirates Has Found A Marvelous Striker In Justin Shonga, They Juhs Need To Pair Him Alongside Qalinge & Memela On Their 4-3-3 Formation. Kutumela Isn't Good Enough For Him.
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Sea_Robber1 Jan 28, 2018 07:38 PM
Happy People Always.
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karjean Jan 28, 2018 04:41 PM
@nhlekoraymond lol when u get caught nxt jst say Yena aya kwini
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nhlekoraymond Jan 28, 2018 04:26 PM
@Spanish@karjean lol well thanks gentleman for clarity
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karjean Jan 28, 2018 03:37 PM
Was impressed with Ntshebe (Norodien). I hope he continues whre he left off nxt weeknd. I wsh Lourenco can be promoted frm mdc
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karjean Jan 28, 2018 03:35 PM
@nhlekoraymond It means" it Serves you right, where were you going?" There is a guy on youtube who was caught by a woman pants down wth another woman so he said Yena aya kwini. Whr was she going
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spanish laligabbva Jan 28, 2018 03:31 PM
@nhlekoraymond it means where the hell where you going(XITSONGA)
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nhlekoraymond Jan 28, 2018 02:36 PM
Yena aya kwini..please anyone explain this for me,what does it mean?
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Binda_Bucks1 Jan 28, 2018 01:03 PM
Amen Amen
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S@ Velley thabane Jan 28, 2018 10:33 AM
Hu's dt guy ...Shonga...
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Bakajaros Jan 28, 2018 10:11 AM
Whose next mxm it doesn't matter up the BUCS
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tsheplas Jan 28, 2018 10:04 AM
Welldone poliiceman and lorch keep it up.
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cado ka cadolo Jan 28, 2018 09:28 AM
No complaint,
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Mketule 1 Jan 28, 2018 08:40 AM
I call him The General Shonga. Welldone boy and keep working hard. You are a special player and keep gelling well with the team. Up the Bucs.

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