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HomeDStv PremiershipPirates' Good Form Continues With City Win

Pirates’ Good Form Continues With City Win

Orlando Pirates’ good DStv Premiership form continued as they beat Cape Town City 2-0 at the DHL Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, thanks to a brace from Tshegofatso Mabasa.

It was a bright start from the in-form visitors, who were looking for their first-ever win against City in Cape Town.

But while Pirates controlled the possession, it was City who would have the first shot in anger, but Keanu Cupido’s long-range attempt in the 9th minute was comfortably saved by Sipho Chaine. Jaedin Rhodes effort in the 20th minute failed to trouble the goalkeeper.

City were dealt a blow when Keanu Cupido was forced to leave the field after 26 minutes, and he was replaced by Patrick Fisher. Cupido had been struggling after an unpunished tackle by Miguel Timm earlier in the half.

While there was plenty of action in the middle of the park, chances at goal were few and far between in the opening half hour.

Tshegofatso Mabasa had a half-chance in the 34th minute, but his shot from the left was saved by Darren Keet. A minute later Mabasa attempted a long-range shot but it was off target.

Just before the break Mabasa had another attempt blocked, and when the half-time whistle blew,, it remained goalless.

City thought they should have been given a penalty in the 52nd minute when the ball struck the arm of Deon Hotto, but the referee waved play on.

Relebohile Mofokeng looked to give Pirates the lead in the 58th minute, but his shot lacked power and Keet saved comfortably. 

But a minute later Pirates were in the lead as Mofokeng played in Mabasa, and this time Keet was beaten to make it 1-0.

City pushed for the equaliser, and in the 69th minute, they again felt they had a penalty shoutout for another handball, but again their calls were ignored. Chaine saved ’s Khanyisa Mayo’s header a minute later.

Lesedi Kapinga had a chance at the other in the 72nd minute, but couldn’t keep his shot down, but a minute later it was 2-0 as Mabasa added his second, blasting in from close range after a neat set up from Mofokeng.

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Mofokeng forced Keet into another save in the 79th minute, while Chaine was called into action a minute later to save from Heaven Sereetsi at the other end.

Jaedin Rhodes and Marc Van Heerden were unsuccessful with stoppage-time chances for City, but it was too late for Eric Tinkler’s team who are now win-less in their past eleven matches in all competitions.

Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.
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