SuperSport United 3-0 Orlando Pirates: Matsatsantsa thrash hapless Bucs in Nelspruit

Bradley Grobler (brace) and Ghampani Lungu scored as Matsatsantsa handed Bucs their first league defeat of the season

SuperSport United thrashed Orlando Pirates 3-0 in a PSL match which was played in Nelspruit on Wednesday night

Matsatsantsa were looking to secure their first league win of the season following their defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns in the Tshwane Derby.

Kaitano Tembo handed Kudakwashe Mahachi a starting berth against his former side having joined SuperSport from Pirates during the current transfer window.

On the other hand, Bucs had started the new PSL campaign with a win over Bloemfontein Celtic, but they lost to Zambian side Green Eagles in the Caf Champions League clash on Saturday.

Thembinkosi Lorch was named amongst the substitutes after passing a late fitness test, while Fortune Mkaringe was handed his Pirates debut by Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic. 

SuperSport were the better side in the opening stages of the match, but they were limited to ambitious long-range shots as the Pirates defence looked solid and compact.

Mahachi, Teboho Mokoena and Sipho Mbule tried their luck from distance and their attempts flew over the crossbar without troubling Wayne Sandilands in the Bucs goal-posts.

Matsatsantsa had a chance to break the deadlock following a defensive error by the visitors’ defence, but Mbule placed his effort narrowly wide of the target.

However, the hosts deservedly opened the scoring when Bradley Grobler pounced on Pirates full-back Thabiso Monyane’s back-pass and beat Sandilands to make it 1-0 to SuperSport in the 35th minute.

Pirates tried to respond with a goal before the half-time break, but the hosts’ defence stood firm and SuperSport were leading 1-0 at the interval. 

Sredojevic made a double substitution – introducing attackers Lorch and Justin Shonga at the beginning of the second half.

However, Matsatsantsa did not sit back as they continue to attack in search of more goals with Teboho Mokoena working hard behind the main strikers Grobler.

Mokoena set-up Grobler, who made it 2-0 to SuperSport with a beautiful half-volley after the Pirates defence had failed to clear the ball away in the 54th minute.

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The three-time PSL champions looked dangerous every time they pushed forward and they managed to extend their lead after some good work by Mbule.

The South Africa youth international played a delightful pass to Ghampani Lungu, who beat Sandilands to make it 3-0 to SuperSport with the visitors’ defence exposed with 21 minutes left.

Pirates launched attacks as they looked to pull one back, but they were frustrated by the SuperSport which looked impenetrable.

Ultimately, SuperSport emerged 3-0 winners over Pirates, who struggled to create clear-cut chances on the night.

The victory took Matsatsantsa to eighth place on the league standings, while Bucs slipped down to the ninth spot.

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