LPRC Oilers v Orlando Pirates Match Report, 2021/11/28

0 - 2
T. Mabasa (43)
F. Makaringe (90)
Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium
Caf Confederation Cup: LPRC Oilers 0-2 Orlando Pirates - Bucs grab first-leg advantage
08:17 SAST 2021/11/29
Fortune Makaringe, Orlando Pirates, November 2021
Fortune Makaringe was influential for the Buccaneers against the Liberian champions at Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium

Orlando Pirates put one foot in the group stage of the Caf Confederation Cup after securing a 2-0 win over LPRC Oilers in the play-off round first-leg on Sunday evening.

Two goals from Tshegofatso Mabasa and Fortune Makaringe inspired the Buccaneers to a victory as they maintained their unbeaten record in this year's competition, having eliminated Congo-Brazzaville's Diables Noirs in the previous round. 

Linda Mntambo and Mabasa were among the four players who were recalled to the starting line-up as Pirates looked to reclaim their second successive win having thrashed Stellenbosch FC 3-0 in a PSL game on Wednesday.

The Buccaneers controlled the match from the first minute with most of their attacks coming from the left flank where Deon Hotto was operating as he whipped in two well-taken crosses which were punched away by goalkeeper Alpha Jalloh.

Terrence Dzvukamanja had a chance to hand Pirates the lead after the ball fell kindly for the Zimbabwe international after he was set up Mntambo, but his left-footed shot hit the woodwork with Jalloh well beaten.

However, the Oil Boys looked dangerous on the counter and they were awarded a penalty after Kwanda Mngonyama was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box, but Ebenezer Solo fired over the crossbar from the spot-kick.

Mabasa did not make the same mistake at the other end in the 44th minute after he was set up by Dzvukamanja as he beat Jalloh from close range to hand Pirates a 1-0 lead heading into the half-time break in Monrovia.

Siyabonga Mpontshane was the busier of the two goalkeepers after the restart, but the former Platinum Stars shot-stopper dealt well with set-pieces and crosses which were played into his area by the Oil Boys.

However, Pirates improved gradually and they began creating chances which saw Makaringe send Mntambo through on goal with a wonderful pass, but the lanky attacker was denied by Jalloh from close range with the hosts' defence exposed.

The Oil Boys continued to threaten on the counter as Brandon Debah was sent through on goal, but he was superbly denied by Mpontshane from a one-on-one situation and the Buccaneers cleared away the resultant corner-kick.

It was end-to-end stuff in the dying minutes of the game and it was the visitors who grabbed a late goal in stoppage time when Bongani Sam's cross was headed home by Makaringe from close range to seal Pirates' 2-0 win.

The two teams will meet again in the second-leg clash in Orlando, Soweto on December 5 which is three days after Pirates face Baroka FC in a PSL game.