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The Star Early Edition - 2021-11-25

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Fired up Bucs bring Stellies down to earth

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HERMAN GIBBS Marumo Gallants 0, Maritzburg United 0; Stellenbosch FC 0, Orlando Pirates 3; Mamelodi Sundowns 2, SuperSport United 2; Kaizer Chiefs 1, AmaZulu FC 1

ORLANDO Pirates came out guns blazing to inflict a 3-0 defeat on previously unbeaten Stellenbosch FC in their Premiership clash at a windy Danie Craven Stadium last night. The Buccaneers went into the match with a solitary win in their last seven matches. But, with a strong wind at their backs, they found their scoring touch with Namibian international Deon Hotto producing a livewire performance on the left wing. Bucs inflicted the season’s first defeat for the Winelands team, who remained second on the standings. Pirates are in seventh place. The fast-paced attacks made for a brisk start, and Pirates were more penetrative down the left flank, where winger Hotto kept the opposition’s defence on their toes. He instigated several sorties deep into the Stellenbosch half and served notice that a breakthrough was imminent. Given Pirates’ high press, Stellenbosch’s early attacking options came via counter-attacks which they mounted with quick interchanges, mostly down the middle. However, they did not create scoring opportunities and often turned over possession in the opposition goalmouth. After Stellenbosch survived two early scares, Pirates’ pressure took its toll 20 minutes into the half with two scores in as many minutes. First midfielder Collins Makgaka scored after Hotto headed the ball down into his path, plumb in front of the opposition goals. Stellies goalkeeper Sage Stephens tried in vain to stop the ball with an outstretched leg. The Pirates substitutes’ bench were still jumping up and down when Hotto added goal No 2, two minutes later. Central defender Alan Robertson tried to take the ball up from his penalty area, but Hotto took him by surprise and dispossessed him and scored the easiest of goals by slipping the ball wide of Stephens. Goal No 3 looked a distinct possibility five minutes later, but Hotto hashed his attempt from a free kick about 2m outside the Stellenbosch penalty area. His parting shot flew high over the crossbar. Hotto made amends for this lapse three minutes into the second half when he ran onto a defencesplitting pass from Makgaka to score his second goal, as the Stellenbosch central defence again sprung a leak. After three goals, Pirates held their match-winning lead intact to come away with a rare haul of three match points. This morning, Pirates will fly out to Liberia for the CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round match against LPRC Oilers on Sunday. In yesterday’s early game at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, hosts Marumo Gallants were held to a goalless draw by 10-man Maritzburg United, who lost the services of Zukile Kewuti who was red-carded early in the second half. Yesterday:

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