Wednesday, 13 January 2021 22:00

Staff Reporter.

Orlando Pirates returned to winning ways in the 2020-21 DStv Premiership season with a 3-0 victory over Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila at the Thohoyandou Stadium.

The win moved Pirates up to fourth place on the standings, seven points behind league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

Defeat leaves TTM in 12th place, a mere three points above the relegation zone and winless in six matches.

Pirates opened the scoring in the 16th minute. Vincent Pule caught Meshack Maphangule on the ball and after Deon Hotto saw his initial effort blocked on the line by Tebogo Thangwane, the Namibian pounced on the rebound, kept his cool and steered the ball into an empty net with Washington Arubi stranded. 

TTM should've pulled level in the 32nd minute but Thabo Rakhale squandered a glorious chance.

The hosts were made to rue that miss seven minutes later as Thembinkosi Lorch teed up Gabadinho Mhango for only his second goal of the campaign.

The Buccaneers put the game to bed in the 64th minute with Lorch the provider once more.

The former Player of the Season rolled the ball into Fortune Makaringe's path and the midfielder drove the ball home with a rasping shot from the edge of the area to seal a comprehensive win. 

Meanwhile SuperSport United continued their great form in the DStv Premiership by defeating Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville.

Goals from strike partners Thamsanqa Gabuza and Bradley Grobler saw Matsatsantsa claim a fifth win from their last six league outings and go level in second place with Swallows FC.

United are now just two points adrift of leaders Mamelodi Sundowns ahead of facing them in a crunch Tshwane derby this weekend.

Phunya Sele Sele remain 11th after a fifth defeat of the season.The clubs will return to DStv Premiership action this coming weekend, with SuperSport facing Tshwane rivals Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday, 16 January and Celtic hosting Stellenbosch FC the same day.