Ndoro braces hands Pirates win

A brace from Tendai Ndoro saw Orlando Pirates to a 3-1 win over Jomo Cosmos in a Nedbank Cup Last 16 match at Olen Park on Sunday afternoon.

The Buccaneers started positively and opened the scoring in the third minute after Ndoro headed home a deep right-wing cross from Rooi Mahamutsa, 1-0.

Cosmos tried to find their way back into the match and came close to levelling matters in the 18th minute when Maluleka broke into the box, but he saw his 14-yard effort superbly saved by the keeper.

Five minutes later Cosmos did find the equaliser when Charlton Mashumba fired the ball into the top right corner from 25-yards out, 1-1.

Pirates controlled the remainder of the half and re-took the lead in the dying seconds of the stanza when Luvuyo Memela headed home a right-sided free-kick from Mpho Makola, 2-1.

Ndoro found his second of the goal game in three minutes into the half as he superbly turned home a left-wing cross from Thabo Rakhale from ten-yards out, 3-1.

Ayanda Gcaba came close to scoring for the Buccaneers in the 72nd minute when he met a good cross into the box, but his header went wide of the target.

In the 80th minute Mashumba nearly pulled a goal back for Cosmos, but his shot from distance was well-saved by the keeper.

The Pirates defence stood firm in the final ten minutes as they held on for the win and a place in the quarterfinals of the cup competition.

Jomo Cosmos (1) 1 (Mashumba 25’)

Orlando Pirates (2) 3 (Ndoro 3’+ 48’, Memela 45+3’)

Cosmos: Modiba, Lingwati, Mthembu, Nsabiyumva, Zulu, Mdamba (Mntambo 55'), Kumalo, Sono Jnr (Madolo 66'), Macuphu (Mhomi 65'), Maluleke, Mashumba.

Pirates: Mhlongo, Nyauza, Matlaba, Gcaba, Mahamutsa, Masalesa, Rakhale (Qalinge 69’), Makola (Ntshumayelo 86’), Myeni, Ndoro (Majoro 82’), Memela.