Manyisa's early goal proved to be enough for Pirates to overcome SuperSport United in Orlando, sending the Buccaneers into first position on the PSL standings
Orlando Pirates were able to hang onto a slim lead after an early goal from Oupa Manyisa helped them defeat SuperSport United 1-0 at the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Buccaneers got off to the perfect start thanks to a 2nd minute goal from Manyisa, who picked up a flicked pass from Collins Mbesuma, beat Mor Diouf with a deft touch and slotted home from inside the box.
Pirates’ dominance almost led to a second goal in the tenth minute, but Daine Klate missed from point blank range, after a long throw was headed into the box by SuperSport’s David Nkausa giving Klate an ideal opportunity to finish, but the winger powered his effort wide.
SuperSport United was not shell-shocked by Pirates’ early advantage as they too applied pressure during a frantic opening period of the match.
New signing Bradley Grobler was able to test Pirates’ defence on occasion, but Matsantzasa could not find the equaliser they desired in the first stanza.
Both sides struggled to keep up with the pace of the opening twenty minutes as the first half ended with the Buccaneers still in the lead, but Gavin Hunt’s team was certainly not out of the contest.
A scrappy start to the second half from both sides saw SuperSport recover first, as both Gyimah and Sithole came close to finding the equaliser within two minutes. Gyimah’s snap-shot was well blocked by Sangweni, while Sithole could not direct a free header into the net. Matsantsza were coming close and Pirates were under the cosh.
But with thirty minutes to go, Sifiso Myeni almost broke the shackles and found a second goal for Pirates. Thabo Matlaba engineered a counter-attack after another spate of SuperSport pressure which led to Myeni finding the goal at his mercy after beating his marker, but the winger scuffed his shot wide of the right post.
Pirates should have wrapped up victory as a dubious 73rd minute penalty kick was awarded to the Buccaneers, after Nkausa tackled Daine Klate outside of the box. Justice was served however, as Ronwen Williams dived to his right and saved Andile Jali’s soft spot-kick. Despite their missed opportunities, Pirates looked destined to hold onto their 1-0 lead as the match reached its final fifteen minutes.
SuperSport was able to put the defending champions under pressure with Gyimah coming close once more as his attempted header in the dying minutes of match went agonisingly wide, but Roger de Sa's men closed out the game, sending the Bucs into first position on the PSL log.