08/12/2011 4:53 AM
- Black Leopards FC were unfortunate to go down by a 2-0 scoreline to Orlando Pirates in one of the first two matches of the Absa Premiership on Friday night.
In the 10th minute Pirates went ahead through an acrobatic Ndulula finish, after Leopards keeper Azwinndini Maphaha punched a free kick cross straight into the striker's path. Ndulula obliged and the Bucs were into an early 1-0 lead.
Leopards responded in the 24th minute through Edgar Manaka with a long range shot that had Pirates keeper Moeneeb Josephs diving full stretch to make the save.
Four minutes later, Pirates were lucky to escape conceding as Leopards midfielder Raymond Monama ran straight through the defence. Monama tried to chip the keeper and his shot sailed wide.
Despite controlling the play for much of the first half, Pirates were unable to create many chances on goal after the early breakthrough.
On half time, Leopards should have levelled the score as Thabo Mongalo was one-on-one with Josephs, but the Bucs shot-stopper did well to block the attempt and help his side into the break with their lead intact.
Just after the hour mark, McCarthy came on for Ndulula.
Conversely, Mark Mayambela to the frustration of the Pirates fans was wasteful with possession as they called for him to be substituted.
Later McCarthy returned to the '18 area' with his goal as a Pirates attack left the striker with simplest shot from the far post to get his Buccaneer career off to a dream start.