Kermit Erasmus bagged three assists as the Buccaneers hammered Dikwena 3-0 at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Monday afternoon
Orlando Pirates were all over Platinum Stars from the word go, and it wasn’t surprising to see them breaking the deadlock inside the opening five minutes of the game.
Sifiso Myeni cut inside from the right hand side and picked Kermit Erasmus wide of the Stars’ penalty area before the former SuperSport United forward rolled it to Thandani Ntshumayelo for his first league goal of the season.
Erasmus thought he had scored his side’s second of the match near the 10th minute, but he was ruled offside. The replay showed that the goal was legit.
Erasmus positioned himself well to often stretch the Stars’ defence, and he got his second assist of the game when he played a cross into the Stars’ box for Oupa Manyisa to double Pirates’ lead.
Dikwena’s only decent shot at goal came from Robert N’gambi after 25 minutes of play, but the Malawian volleyed his shot over the bar.
Daine Klate made it 3-0 to Pirates in the 33rd minute after a counter attack move which was started by Erasmus from the halfway line, and although he had an option to shoot from range, Erasmus spotted Klate on the left hand side of Dikwena’s box for his third assist of the afternoon.
The home side then tried to get back into the game immediately after the restart, but Siphelele Mthembu’s attempt from inside the Pirates’ box was easily saved by Senzo Meyiwa.
Erasmus continued where he left off in the first half when he ran onto Dikwena’s throw-in to Siyabonga Mpotshane in the 54th minute, and forced the Stars’ keeper to concede a corner in what could have easily been a terrible own goal.
Luvolwethu Mpeta initiated the attack from the left hand side of the pitch as Dikwena looked to pull one back in the 63rd minute, but his shot from inside the Bucs’ area was easily dealt with by the visitors’ defence.
Mthembu had a decent shot on target a few minutes later, but Meyiwa went to ground easily to collect, as pressure continued to mount for the Rustenburg outfit.
Erasmus surged into the Stars’ box in the 67th minute, but his powerful shot was pushed over the bar by Dikwena’s keeper Mpontshane.
Erasmus should have gotten himself on the scoresheet later on, but he was denied by Dikwena’s shot-stopper Mpontshane.
Meyiwa was forced to make a great save with over 10 minutes to go, when Mokgakolodi Ngele unleashed a rocket from outside the Pirates box.
However, Pirates held on to their three goals and bagged all three important points that moved them to 15th place on the PSL log.