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Cosmos (0) 0 Orlando Pirates romped home to an easy 5-0 win over a 10-man Jomo Cosmos last night.
The Bucs continued their winning ways, but pushed the club of their former legend Jomo Sono into the relegation quagmire. Pirates won for a fourth successive game and are now up to sixth place in the PSL standings.
This was after the onesided affair, made easier by Cosmos defender Cheslyn Jampies being sent off just after 13 minutes.
It had been a dream week up till then for the left-back, called up to the national team squad for the first time on Thursday. But a horror two-footed lunge earned him a red from referee Victor Gomes.
By then, Pirates were already ahead against Cosmos after Ayanda Gcaba struck home from a tight angle with a powerful shot that thundered into the far corner.
Pirates continued to show little sympathy for Sono s team and were 2-0 up on the half-hour mark as Sifiso Myeni rose to head home Luvuyo Memela s free kick amid woeful defending.
The third from Mpho Makola nine minutes later was special.
It came from slack defending as four Cosmos markers allowed him to toe-poke a dipping ball home into the corner of the goal.
Then came the fourth in the 42nd minute as Edwin Gyimah was allowed to slip the ball for derby hero Tendai Ndoro to tap home from close range.
Ndoro might have completed a hat-trick just after the hour mark with three good secondhalf chances, but they all went a-begging.
He had a wonderful opportunity when Gyimah played a ball over the top of the Cosmos defence. Ndoro was one-on-one against Cosmos goalkeeper Sherwyn Naicker, who watched gratefully as the Zimbabwean attacker snatched his shot wide.
Then Ndoro missed another with a header, and soon after, had his chance in front of goal stopped by Cosmos captain Frederick Nsabiyumva.
But Pirates dominance remained the same after the break and chances kept coming.
In the last minute, Gift Motupa showed composure after being set up by Ndoro for the fifth goal to round off an emphatic night.
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