Orlando Pirates v TS Galaxy Match Report, 2021/12/11

2 - 0
B. Shandu (14)
C. Makgaka (50)
Orlando Stadium
Orlando Pirates 2-0 TS Galaxy: Bucs make light work of the Rockets
21:13 SAST 2021/12/11
Bandile Shandu Orlando Pirates
The victory followed two consecutive draws for the Buccaneers and takes them to 23 points and up to second position for the time being

Orlando Pirates returned to winning ways with a convincing 2-0 victory over TS Galaxy at a rainy Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.

Bucs were good value for the win and could have scored more than the two goals from Bandile Shandu and Collins Makgaka, while their own goal was barely threatened.

There were early efforts on goal for both sides as Tshegofatso Nyama and Terrence Dzvukamanja tried their luck with long-range shots, both without finding the target.

Bucs took the lead on 13 minutes when Deon Hotto’s cross to the back post picked out Shandu. His first-time volley was well saved by Galaxy keeper Marlon Heugh, but then from a tight angle, the former Maritzburg United player fired in a superb shot into the roof of the net.

The hosts were desperately unlucky not to add a second in the 29th minute when Hotto combined brilliantly with Kwame Peprah to put the Ghana striker in on goal, but there were no celebrations as his low stabbed effort hit the upright and rolled across the goal-line and beyond the goal.

Pirates continued to dominate and more chances arose as Hotto’s angled shot from out on the left was dealt with by Heugh, although the Namibian should perhaps rather have crossed for Peprah.

Heugh then had to react smartly to prevent Ebrahim Seedat deflecting Shandu’s 35th-minute cross into his own net.

It took the Sea Robbers just five second-half minutes to extend their lead – after Peprah’s cross had been deflected into Hotto’s path, the Namibian did brilliantly to fake a shot, beat a man and then tee up Makgaka for a simple finish from five metres out.

Ben Motshwari could and should have added a third goal just moments after coming off the bench, but after a free-flowing move in the 62nd minute he dragged his shot wide.

While Pirates remained very much in control of proceedings, home keeper Siyabonga Mpontshane was called into action in the 75th minute when he made an excellent diving save to keep out Masilake Phohlongo’s piledriver.

The Rockets were able to enjoy a lot more ball in the final 15 minutes of the game in Soweto. But a combination of their final ball lacking and some resolute defence from the Buccaneers, meant there was never any likelihood of a comeback from Galaxy.

Substitute Thembinkosi Lorch should have added a third goal in the 93rd minute after going through clear on the counter-attack but sent his chip went wide of an empty net.