Orlando Pirates have avenged their recent cup defeat to Swallows FC when they claimed a 1-0 victory in a PSL encounter at Orlando Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Tshegofatso Mabasa came off the bench to score what proved to be the only goal of the Soweto Derby encounter which saw Ntsako Makhubela make his official debut for the Buccaneers.
Siyabonga Mpontshane replaced the injured Richard Ofori in the starting line-up with Pirates' co-interim coaches Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids looking to lead the team to its first win of the season.
On the other hand, Pirates loanee Monnapule Saleng started against his parent club as Swallows looked to maintain their unbeaten start to the current campaign.
Just like Swallows did as they defeated Pirates in the MTN8 last month, their attackers attacked the hosts' aging defenders Happy Jele and Thulani Hlatshwayo with speed in the opening stages.
Dillon Solomons breezed past his marker before playing a powerful ball across the face of goal but Saleng was just inches away from getting onto the end of it and the Buccaneers survived the scare.
It became more of a midfield battle as the match progressed with Goodman Mosele constantly clashing with Lebohang Mokoena in the middle of the park and there were no decisive chances at goal.
With his side unable to find a way through Swallows' solid defence, Vincent Pule tried his luck from range and his shot went over the crossbar and the score was 0-0 during the half-time break.
The Buccaneers applied some pressure on the visitors after the restart and they were awarded their first two corner-kicks which were cleared away by Amaswaiswai.
The attack-minded duo of Terrence Dzvukamanja and Tshegofatso Mabasa was introduced a minute before the hour-mark by Pirates as the hosts searched for the opening goal.
The Buccaneers continued to control the match with Jele doing a great job to contain Gamildien, who was very quiet in the second half and Pule was looking dangerous at the other end of the pitch.
Pule's well-taken cross from the right was headed home by Mabasa to hand Pirates a 1-0 lead with 12 minutes on the clock with the left-footed striker netting his first goal of the season.
Pirates then sat back and this allowed Swallows to dominate the game which saw Mpontshane produce a fine save to deny substitute Kagiso Malinga, whose header was heading for the top left corner.
The hosts managed to weather the storm in the latter stages of the game with Jele, who was making his 400th appearance for Bucs, making some important clearances at the back, and ultimately, Pirates won 1-0 on the day.
The narrow win took Pirates to the top of the league standings ahead of their clash with Chippa United on September 18, while Swallows, who will face SuperSport United on September 19, are placed 10th on the log.