BAROKA RALLY LATE TO HOLD PIRATES

Baroka FC scored two goals in the final eight minutes of regulation time to hold Orlando Pirates to a 2-2 draw in an Absa Premiership clash at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Saturday afternoon.

Linda Mntambo and Kabelo Dlamini fired the Buccaneers into a two-goal lead, but an own goal from Happy Jele and a 90th minute strike from Gerald Phiri Jnr earned the hosts a point.

The result moves the Buccaneers up to sixth place on the log standings, 14 points behind log leaders and fierce rivals, Kaizer Chiefs. Baroka jump to 11th, having still to win a game on home soil this season.

Pirates held a narrow lead at the break thanks to a superbly worked goal in the 40th minute.

Vincent Pule picked out Mntambo’s run with a neat pass and after gliding past Denwin Farmer with his first touch the midfielder found the back of the net with his second, striking the ball past Elvis Chipezeze from the edge of the area.

Dlamini made it 2-0 eight minutes after the break, as he enhanced his ‘super-sub’ status with a goal two minutes after making his way off the bench.

Chipezeze’s failed clearance fell to the Siphesihle Ndlovu who’s touch took the ball into the path of Dlamini, and he set himself before firing the ball into the roof of the net.

It all fell apart for the visitors late on as Jele, on his return from suspension, put the ball into the back of his own net to halve the deficit in the 82nd minute.

Bakgaga duly levelled matters in the 90th minute as Pirates failed to clear their lines from a long throw-in before the ball eventually fell to Phiri who hit a rasping shot past Wayne Sandilands to earn the hosts a point.

Baroka FC (0) 2 (Jele 82′ og Phiri 90′)

Orlando Pirates (1) 2 (Mntambo 39′ Dlamini 53′)

Baroka FC: Chipezeze; Mogaswa (Madondo 72′), Shozi, Farmer, Ngubane, Patjie (Makgaka 57′) , Mosele, Mdantsane, Mabeba (Mbulu 56′), Nxumalo, Phiri Jnr.

Orlando Pirates: Sandilands; Nyauza (Dlamini 51′), Jele, Maela, Mako, Mntambo, Motshwari, Mabaso (Ndlovu 66′), Makaringe, Pule, Mhango (Mabasa 78′).

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