Orlando Pirates redeemed themselves with a 1-0 Absa Premiership victory over Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus on Tuesday nigth. The Buccaneers lost by a goal to the same team two weeks ago in a top flight encounter. The Sea Robbers also ended their three-game winless run with the victory at title-contending Downs. The first promising shot of the game came from Anthony Laffor in the 20th minute with his strike wide of the target.
Rodney Ramagalela nearly put the Brazilians ahead in the 29th but Senzo Meyiwa managed to tip it over the bar. As Pirates’s retaliation, Khethokwakhe Masuku put the Buccaneers ahead with their first shot on target, slotting it home from a close range after Helder Pelembe’s dribbling down the right and the consequent cross found Masuku.
The second half started on a high note for the visitors with Masuku nearly doubling the lead as the winger tried to take advantage of Sundowns’ goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene being off his line but Masuku’s lobbed effort disappointingly cruised over the bar. Sundowns raised the bar and put more pressure on the Pirates defence, even introducing the almost forgotten Lebohang Mokoena, but the return of Happy Jele, who played in central defence, proved to be beneficial for the Soweto side as they managed to hold on to the single goal lead and claim three points which moved them up to sixth on the league standings.