Bucs sail past stub­born Chippa United

Su­per sub Pule scores win­ner

Sunday World - - Sport - By Marc Stry­dom

Or­lando Pi­rates had to ne­go­ti­ate their way past a prickly Chippa United to reach the Telkom Knock­out quarterfinals, and did so ef­fec­tively enough with Satur­day night’s 1-0 last-16 vic­tory at Or­lando Sta­dium.

Sub­sti­tute Vin­cent Pule’s 60th-minute strike sep­a­rated the teams.

Nei­ther side could edge a clear dom­i­na­tion in a grat­ingly edgy open­ing half.

Thabo Rakhale had the first shot in anger against his old team for Chippa, with a drive from the edge of the area that was very well high over the cross­bar.

In the 36th minute, Au­gus­tine Mu­lenga pro­duced a char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally bullish run into the area and was dis­pos­sessed, Justin Shonga tak­ing the loose ball, turn­ing and shoot­ing for Daniel Akpeyi to pro­duce a fine div­ing one-handed save.

Per­haps the most event­ful oc­curence of a dull first half was Chippa coach Eric Tin­kler, af­ter giv­ing his left wing cap­tain Mark Mayam­bela a mouth­ful, sub­sti­tut­ing him three min­utes be­fore the break with Daine Klate.

Pi­rates also made an early sub­sti­tu­tion, Pule re­plac­ing Mu­lenga com­ing back from the change rooms.

The sec­ond half saw the foot­ball open up to a far greater ex­tent. Pule’s cor­ner was un­cleared and fell for Pi­rates’ new Brazil­ian cen­tre­back Marcelo Da Silva, who struck the right up­right.

Tin­kler re­sponded by bring­ing on Rhu­lani Manzini for Kurt Len­tjies.

The chances were com­ing, and some­one seemed likely to score. It was Pule for Pi­rates.

Bucs on the coun­ter­at­tack fed Xola Mlambo to the right goalline who cut the ball back for Pule, ghost­ing in at the near post, to fin­ish past Akpeyi.

Soon Klate’s free-kick onto the top net­ting came close to equal­is­ing for Chippa. Gamil­dien’s header from Klate’s cor­ner also threat­ened.

Bucs suc­cess­fully closed out the fi­nal quar­ter.

Veli Nh­lapo/Sowe­tan

Justin Shonga of Pi­rates and Chippa’s Tham­sanqa Sang­weni dur­ing the Telkom Knock­out Last 16 match at Or­lando Sta­dium

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