Chiefs fly high while Sundowns’ troubles continue

2014-08-28 09:01

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Orlando Pirates romped to a 3-0 victory over Mamelodi Sundowns in their Premiership clash at Loftus Versfeld Stadium last night.

Pirates striker Kermit Erasmus instigated his side’s first Premiership win of the season with cunning, chipped lob-shot goals in the 13th and 62 minutes that made the score 2-0 in this high-profile match and left goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene stranded in no-man’s land.

Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Lehlohonolo Majoro came on to the field as a substitute midway through the second period and completed the scoring with a thunderous left-footed drive from the edge of the penalty area in the 75th minute.

It was a curious outcome in more ways than one, with frustrated and declining PSL champions Sundowns having many more scoring opportunities than the Buccaneers.

Sundowns hit the woodwork twice in the first half through brilliant individual efforts from Hlompho Kekana and a ball-manipulating Surprise Moriri and might easily have gone into the interval in front instead of trailing by a goal.

Pirates’ smash-and-grab success from telling counter-attacks meant that all last six matches between these intense PSL rivals have ended with the away side winning on each occasion – four times in favour of the Buccaneers and two wins for Sundowns.

A Pirates’ success was soured ultimately when Bafana Bafana defender Thabo Matlaba was red-carded after the scheduled 90 minutes for recklessly stamping all over a spread-eagled opponent.

The match had earlier been delayed for 15 minutes from the 7.30pm kick-off because a substantial segment of the crowd were still battling to make their way into the stadium and match officials felt starting on time could have precipitated a safety factor.

Before the game started officials of the two clubs disputed the availability of a player in the Sundowns line-up, with Pirates threatening to lodge a complaint before the matter was seemingly settled.

Sundowns slipped from seventh in the log to 10th position, while Pirates made amends for a shaky start to the league programme by climbing from 13th place to number eight in the log.

Meanwhile, Chiefs returned to the top of the Premiership table, striking twice in the first half and holding off a determined Platinum Stars outfit in the last 45 minutes, to secure a 2-0 win in Phokeng yesterday evening.

Amakhosi remained unbeaten after four matches in the league campaign, thanks to goals from Reneilwe Letsholonyane and George Lebese.

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