Pirates 0-1 Sundowns
Date Published: 08 February 2014 written by TEAMtalk
Mamelodi Sundowns ran out 1-0 victors in what was a bad day at the office for Orlando Pirates at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.
In what was a closely contested Premier Soccer League clash, Sundowns went home with all three points thanks to Hlompo Kekana's 62nd-minute goal.
Sundowns' Kama Billiat was the first to create a scoring chance but his sixth-minute shot lacked accuracy and flew wide of the post.
Billiat again had a glorious chance to fire his side ahead minutes later after Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa committed to a tackle and was beaten by Elias Pelembe. The experienced midfielder squared the ball to an unmarked Billiat but the Zimbawe international squandered the chance.
Pirates struggled to create chances of their own in the first period, although most of the action took place in the middle of the park as both sides struggled to hold on to the ball.
The second half offered more in the way of goalmouth action and started with a bang as Billiat went agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock. However, his headed effort from Pelembe's inviting cross struck the upright, much to the disappointment of the travelling fans.
The Downs faithful were not to be disappointed, though, as Kekana eventually fired the visitors into the lead on 62 minutes with a brilliant piece of individual skill.
The Bafana Bafana international made some space for himself outside the area before unleashing a thunderbolt - reminiscent of his national team goal in the Chan tournament - into the back of the net.
The goal seemed to knock the wind out of Pirates' sails, who were starved of possession in the remaining minutes of the encounter.
While, Sundowns weren't able to addto their tally, they were able to see out the rest of the game with relative ease.
The win sees Sundowns go second in the Premier Soccer League standings, eight points behind top-of-the-table Kaizer Chiefs with a game in hand.