Leopards shock Pirates with a 2-0 victory to ease their relegation woes

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Black Leopards eased their relegation woes with a 2-0 win over Orlando Pirates in Thohoyandou on Sunday afternoon. Leopards are now 14th on the log after registering their second win of the season.

Bucs remain fifth on the log after suffering their second defeat of the season, and are still on 17 points, trailing log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by eight points after an equal number of games.

Pirates were looking for their second win in a row in Limpopo after beating Tshakhuma Tsha Mazivandhila at the same venue last Wednesday. The 3-0 win over TTM was Bucs’ biggest win so far this season.

On the other hand, Leopards who last registered their only win of the season in November 2020, were desperate for victory to move away from the bottom of the DSTV Premiership log.

Leopards took the game to the visitors from the word go in search of an early goal. The homeside created a lot of scoring opportunities, but lacked finishing in the final third of the field.

Pirates left back Innocent Maela beat his own keeper Wayne Sandilands, but was lucky when his header came off the post midway through the first half. However, Maela scored an own goal less than a minute later from the resultant corner kick to put Leopards in the lead.

Leopards enjoyed a two goal lead at the break after Zambian Rodrick Kabwe found the back of the net six minutes before half-time.

Pirates pushed forward for a goal in the second half but it was not to be. The homeside did not sit back in the second half in search of more goals.

The visitors did not do enough to get something out of this match and Leopards were happy to collect maximum points at home to move away from the bottom of the log.

Leopards could have scored more than two goals in the match but were let down by poor finishing.