Absa Premiership: Orlando Pirates 1-0 University of Pretoria
Orlando Pirates made it two wins in a row when they beat University of Pretoria 1-0 in the Absa premiership encounter at the Orlando Stadium on Thursday night.
The win takes the Buccaneers to the 13th place with 13 points after seven matches while AmaTuks, who their coach Steve Barker was sitting on the stands for the second match in succession due to a suspension, will remain 11th on the standing with 14 points after 14 matches.
The first-half saw both teams misfiring in front of goals but Orlando Pirates almost opened the scoring and went to the break ahead when Kermit Erasmus pulled the trigger from the edge of the area in the stroke of half-time but saw his effort go inches wide of the goal.
University of Pretoria started the better team in the second half and they almost took the lead when Geoffrey Massa’s shot inside the area was parried away by Senzo Meyiwa before the Ugandan striker headed over the bar from the same process.
Orlando Pirates opened the scoring five minutes after the break when Sifiso Myeni’s shot just outside the area was tapped in by Oupa Manyisa to wrong foot AmaTuks ‘keeper Washington Arubi, 1-0. The goal was the second for Oupa Manyisa in as many matches after the midfielder was in the score sheet in their last outing when they thrashed Platinum Stars 3-0 on Monday.
The visitors made two substitutions midway the second-half bring on attacking duo Lucky Mathosi and Thabo Mosadi, and they almost equalised with fourteen minutes to go when a defensive blunder allowed Mpho Maropeng to steal the ball and run to goals but his final shot just inside the area went whisker wide of Senzo Meyiwa’s right hand post.
Kermit Erasmus should have put the game bed in the 80th minute but his header from substitute William Thwala’s cross from the right hand flank was easily gathered by Washington Arubi. The home fans called for Lennox Bacela for misfiring Kermit Erasmus in the dying minutes but he did little to score another goal as the score remained 1-0.
In the other Absa Premiership on Thursday night, defending champions Kaizer Chiefs needed a penalty that was converted by Bernard Parker to beat struggling Golden Arrows 1-0 to move top of the log with 27 points after fourteen matches while Arrows stay rooted on the bottom of the log with ten points after fourteen games.