Orlando Pirates scored twice in the opening five minutes to set up a 2-0 win over Cape Town City in a 2020-21 DStv Premiership encounter at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Deon Hotto and Vincent Pule were the goalscorers for Pirates who subsequently moved up to fourth on the league standings, level on points with both SuperSport United and Swallows FC above them. City remain sixth, five points behind the Buccaneers who have played two games more.
Pirates found the back of the net in the opening minute. Fortune Makaringe played a perfectly weighted ball in behind the Citizens defensive line and into the path of Hotto who timed his run to perfection before firing a left-footed finish past Peter Leeuwenburgh with 46 seconds on the clock.
The Buccaneers doubled their lead in the fifth minute. Thembinkosi Lorch teed up Vincent Pule who converted from close range for his third goal against City this season.
The hosts were forced into an early change as Thabang Monare had to leave the field following a head collision with teammate Siphesihle Ndlovu, who was able to finish the encounter.
Jan Olde Riekerink introduced Mpho Makola for Tashreeq Morris following the interval in an attempt to find a way into the match, but the former Pirates midfielder was unable to make an impact before too leaving the field with an injury just after the hour mark.
City finally conjured a note-worthy chance in the 77th minute following a miscued clearance by Richard Ofori but Thabo Nodada failed to hit the target after being expertly set up by Bradley Ralani.
However Pirates enjoyed possession in the second half, consolidating the two-goal lead, and unable to penetrate with the same frequency against a tightened City.
Meanwhile Bloemfontein Celtic secured a 2-1 win over SuperSport United in a 2020-21 DStv Premiership match at Dr Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein.
The win took Phunya Sele Sele up to ninth place on the league table, while Matsatsantsa remained joint-second with Swallows FC on the standings following defeat - five points behind leaders and Tshwane rivals Mamelodi Sundowns.