Pirates strike late to beat SuperSport

2014-11-23 18:14

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Sifiso Myeni struck in second-half injury time as Orlando Pirates fought back from a goal down to secure a 2-1 win over 10-man SuperSport United in Polokwane today.

While the Buccaneers soared up the top half of the Premiership table, SuperSport continued to struggle as they retained their mid-table position.

“We knew if we could get one back we could put them on the back foot,” Myeni said after the match.

“We managed to do that with a set piece (for the first goal) and we kept pushing to the final whistle.”

The hosts took the lead in the 21st minute after Thuso Phala collected a neat through-ball from teenager Morne Nel.

Charging into the area, Phala controlled the ball well at pace and hit the back of the net with an angled strike.

Pirates had a chance to equalise shortly after the half-hour mark but Myeni fired his header wide to the right, with a poor attempt after a well-played cross from Kermit Erasmus.

United dominated after the break, and Dino Ndlovu nearly extended the advantage, but he flicked his effort wide to the left after being placed under pressure in a one-on-one situation with charging Pirates keeper Brighton Mhlongo.

On the hour mark, substitute Ryan Chapman had another opportunity for the home side, but his low strike was smothered by Mhlongo, and shortly afterwards defender Thamsanqa Teyise’s long-range shot was tipped over the crossbar by the Pirates goalminder.

The visitors picked it up in the dying stages, taking control after Issa Sarr climbed high to equalise with a superb header, with less than 20 minutes remaining in the game.

They had another attempt when Daine Klate delivered a fine cross from the edge of the box on the left, but Thabo Rakhale’s header was directed over the bar.

Bucs were given a one-man advantage in the 78th minute when Roscoe Pietersen was sent off for a second offence, following a dangerous challenge against Klate for a high ball.

With his side piling on the pressure, Myeni capitalised to net the winner with less than two minutes left in additional time.

“We’ve been working hard after the [recent tragic death] of Senzo Meyiwa,” Myeni said.

“After we went 1-0 down we spoke amongst each other and said, ‘let’s do it for Senzo’, so it was a team effort.”

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