A goal in the 20th minute from Justin Shonga was enough to secure a win for Orlando Pirates tonight at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.

Both teams battled to find chances early on in the game, but a pass from Memela to Shonga was curled into the back of the net to produce the only goal of the game.

We responded well, and took control of the remainder of the half, but were just not able to find the finishing touches we wanted.

Some enterprising play from the team once again saw a number of well executed plays into the final third. this saw opportunities created. Mutizwa was unlucky not to score off a rebound, with the ball falling awkwardly at his boot. The team looked positive on the field, and took their chances but it was just not our night.

Pirates seemed to dominate play in the second half but were unable to extend their lead. Solid defensive play from Bilankulu, Mzava and Sibisi was the thorn in the side of the attacking Pirates players.

A good overall performance tonight from the team, who should have scored at least once against a confident Pirates side.

The team will now concentrate on securing some points on the road as they travel to face Polokwane City next Saturday afternoon.

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