Orlando Pirates bagged their second consecutive Absa Premiership victory after easing past Polokwane City 3-0 on Saturday afternoon
Thabo Qalinge walked away with his first ever goal for his new club after joining from Mpumalanga Black Aces in July, shortly after Kermit Erasmus had netted his third league goal of the season with a vicious shot that nicked the bottom of the crossbar on the way in.
Second-half replacement, Lehlohonolo Majoro, then added the finishing touches four minutes from the end, continuing his trend of scoring from the bench.
The Soweto giants find themselves in somewhat of a purple patch and scored their ninth goal in three games thanks to the two goalscorers, following successive victories in which they scored three goals in both the MTN8 and in the Premiership.
Heading into the clash on the back of a dominant 3-0 win over Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday, Pirates came close in the 27th minute when Ayanda Gcaba flashed a shot just over the bar after an Erasmus corner caused problems at the back for Polokwane.
Gcaba, though, was unable to direct his shot from close-range into the roof of the net.
The Buccaneers continued to press for the opener and were eventually rewarded for their enterprising play when Erasmus thundered home past goalkeeper Dino Visser, who was beaten for pace and power, securing a fifth goal in all competitions for the talented attacker.
If Erasmus scored a scorcher, Qalinge’s 43rd minute strike from the edge of the area was simply scintillating.
Good work down the right from Mpho Makola allowed the Sea Robbers to surge ahead with authority. The defender cut back and centered for an advancing Qalinge, who made no mistake in hitting the cross first time, again Visser beaten with a shot that sailed mightily into the top left corner.
In a game that saw little in the way of opportunities for the home side, Linda Shiba will be kicking himself after he missed a one-on-one opportunity to close the gap in the 76th minute.
Daine Klate and Majoro, both coming on in the second 45 minutes, combined just minutes from the end, as Majoro netted after receiving a ball over the top and side-footed past a helpless Visser, capping yet another dominant show from the Soweto side.