Orlando Pirates displayed great football at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Wednesday night when they brushed aside SuperSport United by 4-1 in the Absa Premiership. SuperSport scored first through Thuso Phala before Pirates found the net through a Menzi Masuku brace, as well as Kermit Erasmus and Sifiso Myeni. The Buccaneers came within inches of scoring when Menzi Masuku got a knee to Erasmus’ cross and the ball then glancing off the post.
Bucs were lucky not to concede in the 30th minute when Jeremie Brockie looked set to score only to be called back for off-side. The Sea Robbers should have scored an equaliser on 35 minutes, but Happy Jele got his angles wrong at a corner kick and flashed a header wide of goal. Eight minutes later and the hosts finally had their goal when Menzi Masuku started a move just outside the area before bursting into the box and looping a header over Ronwen Williams.
Eric Tinkler’s team took the lead in the game wheny whipped in a dangerous cross from the left which Williams failed to deal with, leaving Erasmus to slot the ball into an empty net in first half added time. Matsatsantsa were close to getting back on even terms a couple of minutes after the break when Innocent Mkhabela went close with a header. The home side scored again with Menzi Masuku going on a lengthy solo run before smashing an unstoppable 30-yard shot into the top corner after 55 minutes.
Just six minutes later and Pirates extended their lead when a free-flowing move saw Thabo Matlaba playing the ball out the right hand side of the box, where Myeni finished clinically with a low drive. Now the Soweto giants are in second position with 48 points, just above Sundowns on goal difference.