Orlando Pirates reclaimed their top spot in the Absa Premiership after beating Free State Stars 2-0 at Botshabelo Stadium yesterday.
Man of the match, Tlou Segolela opened the flood gates for Pirates in the first half and was the supplier of the second scored by Andile Jali in the second half.
Orlando Pirates showed the hunger and passion as early as the fifth minute when Thulasizwe Mbuyane’ attempt was well read by Kennedy Mweene in Stars’ goal.
Pirates continued to pile on pressure and their efforts were finally rewarded in the 17th minute when winger, Tlou Segolela out-ran a number of Free State Stars’ players to score Pirates’ opener.
After the goal, Pirates were all over their opponents, but they failed to make use of some of the chances they created.
The status quo remained the same at half time.
Ten minutes into the second half, resolute and disciplined Free State Stars were coming back into the game.
Steve Khompela’s charges were fairly impressive as they put Pirates under pressure and they could have levelled matters if Madoda Motha had beaten Moeneeb Josephs in the 62nd minute, but his shot went wide.
In the second half, Steve Khompela made three substitutions by bringing in Noah Chivuta for Manti Moholo, Thabane Motaung for Matome Madimabe, and Mxolisi Gumede for Madoda Motha. The changes spurred the Ea lla Koto on as they literally camped in their opponents’ half but still could not find the much needed equalizer.
However, it was Pirates who increased their tally to two in the 84th minute. The goal was a result of an inviting cross from the left flank by Tlou Segolela to Andile Jali who was left with a simple job of directing the ball into an empty net.
In another game in Durban no winner could be found as AmaZulu and Bloemfontein Celtic played to a 1-1 draw at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.