Chippa United 1-3 Orlando Pirates: Bucs beat Chilli Boys to go top of PSL log
Ntsako Makhubela, Vincent Pule & Thabiso Lebitso, Chippa United vs Orlando Pirates, September 2021
Vincent Pule was the creative spark for the Buccaneers as they claimed their 12th successive win over the Eastern Cape side across all competitions

Orlando Pirates made it two wins in a row in the PSL when they fought back to secure a 3-1 over Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Phakamani Mahlambi marked his first start for the Chilli Boys with a goal, but three goals from Tshegofatso Mabasa, Abel Mabaso and Goodman Mosele handed the Buccaneers a victory in Port Elizabeth.

Coach Gavin Hunt was determined to ensure that his side returned to winning ways after suffering a narrow 1-0 defeat to Royal AM last weekend and he deployed former Mamelodi Sundowns strikers Mogakolodi Ngele and Thokozani Sekotlong upfront. 

Chippa were facing a Pirates side that was brimming with confidence having claimed their first win of the season when they defeated Swallows FC 1-0 last weekend courtesy of Tshegofatso Mabaso's late goal and he was rewarded with a starting berth against the Chill Boys. 

The hosts were the better side in the opening exchanges with Sekotlong making some dangerous runs into the opposition's box and he fired the game's first shot on target, but his attempt was well saved by goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane.

Sekotlong was involved when the hosts broke the deadlock as his pass sent Mahlambi through on goal and the speedy winger beat Mpontshane at the near post with a low shot to hand Chippa a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute.

Mahlambi had been played in by Happy Jele, who would have been pleased to see Vincent Pule take the game by the scruff of the neck - creating chances for his teammates and forcing keeper Ismail Watenga into making two good saves.

Parity was restored a minute before the half-hour mark when Pule turned well in the Chippa box, before setting up in-form Mabasa, who fired past Watanga from close range to make it 1-1 with the duo combining for a second successive match.

Sekotlong continued to be a thorn in the side of Pirates as his effort was blocked on the goal-line by Thulani Hlatshwayo and Mahlambi placed his shot wide of the target from the rebound and the score was 1-1 at the interval.

Pirates' co-interim coaches Fadlu Davids and Mandla Ncikazi introduced Terrence Dzvukamanja, who joined Mabasa and Pule upfront which saw the visitors pile pressure on the hosts with Bandile Shandu making dangerous overlapping runs.

The marauding full-back grabbed an assist when his low cross was turned home by Mabaso, who netted his first goal for Pirates - making 2-1 to the visitors in the 58th minute following a quick move by the four-time PSL champions.

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The Chilli Boys had to find a way to level matters with Mahlambi keen to use speed to beat the ageing Jele, but the 34-year-old defender made two good tackles to stop the Sundowns loanee with the Pirates defence looking solid and compact in the second half.

The visitors extended their lead following a good team move with Mabaso turning provider this time as the former Chippa star played a through pass for Mosele, who beat Watenga from close range with a good finish to make it 3-1 to Pirates in the 78th minute.

The goal sealed Pirates' 3-1 win and they climbed to the top of the league standings ahead of their clash with Sundowns on September 25, while the Chippa, who are scheduled to face Stellenbosch FC on September 25, slipped down to 10th place on the table.