Orlando Pirates defeated Lamontville Golden Arrows 3-1 in an Absa Premiership encounter played at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday afternoonHosts Arrows were eager to bow out of the Absa Premiership in style, while their visitors, Bucs are eyeing a win in order to cement their place inside the top four when the two met on Saturday.
The home side broke the deadlock as early as the sixth minute. Arrows striker Bongi Ntuli beat Bucs defender Rooi Mahamutsa on the edge of the Pirates box.
Before putting the ball past hapless Bucs goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa in the Pirates goal. It was the 23-year old striker's seventh Absa Premiership goal of the season.
Bucs winger Sifiso Myeni found himself unmarked inside the Arrows danger area in the 11th minute, but the Soweto born player could not direct his header towards the Abafana Besithende goal posts.
Four minutes later, Pirates midfielder Daine Klate played in a good ball for his teammate Kermit Erasmus, who was unmarked inside the Arrows box too.
The Bafana Bafana striker tried a cheeky backheel. But Arrows goalkeeper Arthur Baartman was well positioned to gather the attempt.
Pirates found the equalizer on the stroke of the half hour mark. Striker Erasmus ran onto a long pass from Myeni and he controlled it brilliantly inside the Arrows box, then beat the goalie with a low drive.
Ten minutes before the halftime whistle, it was Erasmus again, who was looking lively on the day, ran onto a through pass. But this time his attempt at goal went narrowly wide.
Arrows keeper Baartman pulled off a fantastic save in referee's optional time. Bucs winger Klate's thunderous strike from 25 yards out, forced the 42-year shot-stopper into a breathtaking fingertip save.
Six minutes into the second half Pirates made it 2-1. Midfielder Mpho Makola played a beautiful through pass into the Arrows box, and his teammate Myeni ran onto it and slotted home.
On the hour mark Arrows right back Siyanda Zwane pounced onto a loose ball inside the Bucs box, and struck it home beating Bucs goalie Meyiwa, but the referee blew the whistle for offside.
Arrows keeper Baartman brilliantly denied Bucs midfielder Makola from eight yards out in the 72nd minute. The 28-year old player could only watch in disbelief as the shot-stopper reacted quickly to save a low drive.
Three minutes later, Baartman again was called into action as the former Kaizer Chiefs keeper produced a double save to deny Bucs duo Erasmus and Khethokwakhe Masuku respectively.
Pirates did find their third goal in the 76th minute. Erasmus played a good pass to his teammate Makola, who made no mistake this time, as he beat Arrows goalie Baartman with ease.
The away side were awarded a penalty with ten minutes left on the clock. However, Bucs goalie Meyiwa brilliantly saved Arrows striker Ntuli's attempt from the spot-kick. The young attacker then skied the rebound over the cross bar.
It ended 3-1 to Pirates, and the Buccaneers finished the 2013/2014 Absa Premiership season on position four. Arrows went into the game having been relegated to the National First Division (NFD).