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|Orlando Pirates||Highlands Park|
And we're off!
Bucs medics immediately on the park as Ndoro needs assistance after a challenge for the ball.
Nkosi is warming up now, as Ndoro gets back on his feet. Palacios takin extra precaution as he signals to the medical staff.
2' GOAL! Ndoro heads home the opener and fires Bucs into the lead. 1-0
A bright & lively start for the home side, buoyed by the Ndoro opener. Kutumela has been in the thick of things as well.
Memela with an exciting run through the Highlands team. He's all the way through to the box & lays it back but HP recover & clear
20' SCORE UPDATE: Orlando Pirates 1-0 Highlands Park
Bucs are in the mood as they attack down the right. Rakhale has been lively with the support in runs of Kutumela upfront
Bucs almost caught by a looping in-swinging ball. Mhlongo is at full stretch as the header is inches wide.
33' SCORE UPDATE: Orlando Pirates 1-0 Highlands Park
Dangerous ball in from Rakhale towards the near post but Highlands defence is onto it. They clear & break & win a corner on the Bucs side
Ndoro turns provider & looks to release Kutumela, who takes a touch & firesnover the bar.
PENALTY! Chabalala is all over the striker & the ref points to the spot
45' GOAL! Khuboni sends Mhlongo the wrong way with a well taken penalty. Highlands back in the game. 1-1.
HALF TIME: Orlando Pirates 1-1 Highlands Park. Spoils shared as the sides go into the break; goals coming at the start & end of the half.
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The 2nd half is under way
PENALTY! The quick moving Bucs attack has Highlands in 6s & 7s at the back. Handball! Ndoro steps up...
57' GOAL! Cool as you like from the hottest striker in the league. 'Mlilo' buries the spot kick into the bottom corner. 2-1
58' SUBSTITUTION: Thabo Rakhale makes way for Riyaad Norodien
The Centre Line Bucs are on their feet as Skilo Norodien Danes on the ball & creates space before releasing. Positive from the Bucs
Norodien in space to collect the cross from the left but his balance lets him down as he gets his shot off. It trickles to the keeper.
69' SUBSTITUTION: Ntsiki Nyauza is forced off by injury & Thembela Sikhakhane comes on to replace him
Highlands profit from a slip by Jele as he throws himself in the line of the ball. Free kick as the ball comes off his hand.
73' YELLOW CARD: Happy Jele
Highlands edging closer as heir free kick breeds another free kick for handball on the edge of the box. Mhlongo sets the wall once more
Bucs wall is too clever for the free kick as they stay planted & clear. Bucs counter through Ndoro & win a throw in, deep in HP territory
78' SCORE UPDATE: Orlando Pirates 2-1 Highlands Park
80' GOAL! Casual marking at the back & Mbatha shoots at Mhlongo, beating him from distance & into the roof of the net. 2-2
Highlands Park win a free kick & take it quickly. Too quickly for their own players as well. It's over the line for a goal kick.
88' SUBSTITUTION: Luvuyo Memela is off, and on comes Donald Mokondolela
Norodien is in space in the box, as the board is up for added time. He blazes high & over the bar.
The effort was always rising as he leant back into the shot
FULL TIME: Orlando Pirates 2-2 Highlands Park. The brace for Ndoro is not enough to see the Bucs home to all 3 points.