Polokwane City 1-4 Orlando Pirates: Mhango shines as impressive Bucs thump Rise and Shine

The Buccaneers midfielder speaks about their combinations with the PSL top scorer
The Buccaneers midfielder speaks about their combinations with the PSL top scorer

Orlando Pirates beat Polokwane City 4-1 in a PSL match which was played in Polokwane on Tuesday night

Rise and Shine were hoping to record two league wins in a row for the first time this season having defeated Chipp United 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.

Clinton Larsen made a change to the team which faced the Chilli Boys with Nkululelo Tshagane replacing Nicolas Motloung in the starting line-up.

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On the other hand, Bucs were looking to return to winning ways in the league after drawing 1-1 with Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday afternoon.

Josef Zinnbauer made two changes to the side which took on Phunya Sele Sele with Thembinkosi Lorch and Luvuyo Memela making their return to the team.

Pirates started off on the front foot with the in-form Frank Mhango causing havoc for the Polokwane defence with his pace and trickery and he grabbed a quick brace.

The Malawian marksman broke the deadlock with a stunning effort after being set-up Fortune Makaringe to make it 1-0 to Pirates just five minutes into the match

Nine minutes later Mhango chipped the ball over on-rushing Polokwane goalkeeper George Chigova to make it 2-0 - netting his ninth league goal of the season in the process.

Rise and Shine were struggling to contain Mhango, who completed his hat-trick from Abel Mabaso's low cross to make it 3-0 to Pirates in the 36th minute.

It was simply not Polokwane's night as they were given a penalty after Ntsikelelo Nyauza was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box, but Mohammed Anas hit the woodwork from the spot-kick.

Pirates continued their dominance and they were 4-0 up at half-time after Ben Motshwari benefited from a defensive mistake by the Polokwane defence and he scored.

The visitors came back an improved side following their half-time team talk with former Pirates midfielder Larsen.

They managed to pull one back with Pirates defending too deep in the second-half which allowed Rise and Shine to attack in numbers.

Ghanaian striker Anas made amends for his missed penalty as he turned home Salulani Phiri's cross to make it 4-1 in the 64th minute with the Bucs defence exposed.

Polokwane then pushed for more goals, but they were wasteful as the likes of Charlton Mashumba and Anas were guilty of missing chances.

The visitors were able to hold on to their three-goal lead in the latter stages of the match and ultimately, Pirates recorded a 4-1 victory over Polokwane.

The win took Pirates to the fifth spot on the league standings, while Polokwane remained 13th on the table.

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