SuperSport United thrashed Orlando Pirates 3-1 in an Absa Premier League match at Loftus Stadium on Wednesday night.
Siboniso Gaxa, Bongani Khumalo and Katlego Mashego netted for SuperSport and Teko Modise got the consolation goal for Pirates.
Katlego Mphela hit the upright with a powerful header in the fourth minute following a cross from Daine Klate. The hosts pressed Pirates back in the opening exchanges but the Pirates’ rearguard, led by captain Lehlohonolo Seema, stood firm.
Two minutes later, Gaxa breached the steady defence with a long-range effort. He beat Francis Chansa hands down with a rocket from 25m. Pirates fought back but found Andre Arendse in good form when Rudzani Ramudzuli tested him from just inside the box.
The first half ended with United a goal up.
The hosts continued pressing Bucs back but could not find a way through the resolute defence. Pirates, with Modise growing in stature as every minute went by, looked desperately for a goal.
Modise got Bucs back into the game with 11 minutes to go with a spectacular free kick, but their supporters’ joy was short-lived as Khumalo got his first goal for his club, and United’s second, three minutes later.
Pirates still looked like getting back in the game but their wind was knocked out of their sails when Mashego netted in extra time and although United won, Bucs are still above them on goal difference. Both have 12 points but Pirates are seventh and SuperSport are eighth. – Sapa