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A goal in each half of the game from Mmodi secured a win for us over Orlando Pirates tonight at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
Pirates looked to instill some pressure in the opening minutes, attacking into our final third and putting some pressure on Mlungwana but we countered their game plan and in the 5th minute had Ofori under pressure between his sticks.
The sides went head to head from there on with Mlungwana doing well to deal with pressure and making a save from an attempt from Hotto.
Quick thinking just before the break saw us take an attacking throw where Lunga put Mmodi in a favourable position in the box. He took his chance and sent Ofori diving for the save, but the ball kept low and beat the keeper.
We went into the break with a well deserved lead.
The second half started with a double substitution from the visiting side as they looked to change formation and game plan to try and obtain an upper hand. They managed to retain better possession and keep us under more pressure than the first half.
In the 60th minute they had an opportunity to equalise after the ball was handled in the box, but the resulting attempt at conversion by Lorch was way over the mark.
We increased our deep passes and restarts which saw us get behind Pirates defence more. In one of these plays Mmodi once again found himself at the end of the ball and played another low shot to beat Ofori and scored his brace for the night.
While Pirates fought to pull something back before full time, they were unable to break a well disciplined defensive team tonight.
An outstanding effort from the squad and a deserved 3 points at home.
The boys will now start preparation for the Nedbank Cup Last 32 game on Saturday against AmaZulu FC at home.