Pirates rout SuperSport United

Orlando Pirates dished out some scintillating football at the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night when they brushed aside SuperSport United 4-1.

SuperSport scored first through Thuso Phala before Pirates sprung to life and found the net through a Menzi Masuku brace, as well as goals from Kermit Erasmus and Sifiso Myeni.

With just a minute on the clock, Pirates came within inches of scoring when Menzi Masuku got a knee to Erasmus’ cross, the ball then glancing off the upright.

SuperSport’s first chance came five minutes later and saw Kingston Nkhatha sending a glancing header onto the roof of the net after a dangerous in-swinging free kick from David Mathebula.

It was Matsatsantsa who were to score first, some lovely interplay on the edge of the box setting Phala in on goal, Phala doing well to poke the ball past the on-rushing Brighton Mhlongo and into the net, 1-0 to SuperSport after 15 minutes.

With 19 minutes gone, there was nearly a replica of Phala’s first goal when the Bafana winger again found himself on the end of a Jeremy Brockie through ball, but this time he was denied by Mhlongo.

Playing a high line in defence, Bucs were fortunate not to concede in the 30th minute when Brockie looked set to score, only to be called back for off-sides.

The Buccaneers should have levelled the game on 35 minutes, but an unmarked Happy Jele got his angles wrong at a corner kick and flashed a header wide of goal.

Eight minutes later and the Sea Robbers did finally have their goal when the impressive Menzi Masuku started a move just outside the area before bursting into the box and looping a header over Ronwen Williams and into goal.

Pirates then went on to take the lead for the first time in the game when Khethokwakhe Masuku whipped in a dangerous cross from the left which Williams failed to deal with, leaving Erasmus to slot the ball into an empty net in first half added time.

SuperSport were close to getting back on even terms a couple of minutes after the break when Ennocent Mkhabela went close with a header.

But it was Pirates who were to score again, Menzi Masuku going on a lengthy solo run before smashing an unstoppable 30-yard shot into the top corner after 55 minutes.

Just six minutes later and Bucs extended their lead even further when a free-flowing move saw Thabo Matlaba playing the ball out the right hand side of the box, where Sifiso Myeni finished clinically with a low drive.

To SuperSport’s credit they failed to throw in the towel and both Brockie and then Bradley Grobler ensured that Mhlongo was on top of his game.

But Pirates were close to making it five when Erasmus went clean in on goal on 70 minutes, only to be denied by a superb save with his feet from Williams.

The game remained open and entertaining to the end, with Lehlohonolo Majoro coming close to scoring in added time, but he hit the side-netting.

Orlando Pirates (2) 4 (M Masuku 43’, 55’, Erasmus 45’+1, Myeni)

SuperSport United (1) 1 (Phala 16’)