SuperSport United completed an Absa Premiership league double over Orlando Pirates with a 1-0 victory at the Lucas “Masterpieces” Moripe Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Cavin Johnson’s men won 2-1 against Pirates in the first round of fixture. The Buccaneers made seven changes to the side that lost to Mpumalanga Black Aces mid-week; most notably the return from a lengthy injury of left back Patrick Phungwayo.
The Sea Robbers were in the thick of things earlier in the match but it was the home side that almost opened the scoring. Thuso Phala did just about everything right in the 21st minute to force a shot past a forest of Pirates players but Senzo Meyiwa denied him an opener. The guests retained their superior ball possession from there on and their good passing game almost put them in front in the 41st when Kermit Erasmus dished a superb pass to find Tlou Segolela on the edge of the box but his shot hit the outside of the post.
An intense midfield battle hampered real chances at goal from either side as they went to the break deadlocked at 0-0. Sifiso Myeni made a great run heading to the area 11 minutes after the restart but Mor Diouf stopped him in his tracks resulting in a free kick that Daine Klate sent wide. In the 76th minute, Phala and Bradley Grobler joined forces again.
This time Phala laid a great low cross for Grobler whose tap in got the better of Meyiwa. Pirates tried to find an equaliser but none of their attempts were enough to trouble Ronwen Williams as the side from the capital held on to win 1-0.