Orlando Pirates continued their dominance over Chippa United when they narrowly beat them 1-0 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday night.
The Buccaneers came into the match with a goalkeeper change, bringing in Siyabonga Mpontshane for Wayne Sandilands following the latter’s howler against Highlands Park in their opening league match which ended 1-1.
Bucs got off the mark when Justin Shonga’s free-kick rattled the crossbar before Gaona Modisane deflected the rebound into his own net.
Pirates were reduced to 10 men when Mthokozisi Dube received his marching orders after picking up his second yellow card of the match for time wasting.
Kurt Lentjies came close to leveling matters for his side after receiving a great pass inside the box from Ruzaigh Gamildien but Mpontshane was equally up to the task parrying the ball out of touch for a corner.
With 10 minutes remaining on the clock, Daine Klate missed a sitter after been put through on goal by Lentjies, blasting the ball over the bar.
Mpontshane was again called into action shortly when he punched away a header from the Chilli Boys attackers to keep his side ahead.
Chippa pushed hard for an equalizer in the later stages of the match but the Buccaneers held on firmly to record their first win of the campaign and move into fourth spot.