Inexperienced Tornado unable to match their PSL opponents
THERE was no fairytale for Tornado FC. A nightmare best describes their Nedbank Cup clash with Orlando Pirates at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg last night. And for Bucs fans, there was no need for blood pressure checks. No heartaches. No upset.
Pirates have endured the pain of getting knocked out by lower clubs in the past, but it was smooth sailing for the champions, who won 4-0 and had virtually wrapped this round of 32 game up with a 2-0 half-time lead against the ABC Motsepe League side coached by Jerry Sikhosana.
Unlike last season, when they had to pull off an incredible comeback against National First Division side Thanda Royal Zulu after a scare, Pirates were in control from the first whistle and were a goal up as early as the sixth minute, thanks to Lennox Bacela.
The striker was brought down in the box by Maphakane Mapogo and he got up to send Tornado goalkeeper Sizwe Majola the wrong way from the spot.
Desperate to win silverware this season, Bucs caretaker coach Eric Tinkler fielded a strong side to ensure they unsettled their opponents.
The hosts were hardly ever troubled and extended the lead in the 26th minute when Thandani Ntshumayelo rifled his shot into the roof of the net after Mpho Makola made a good run on the left. Tornado were rattled and their coach Sikhosana could do very little to help his inexperienced boys.
Any hope of a Tornado comeback was crushed just before the hour mark when defender Mapogo was sent off for a tackle from behind on Kermit Erasmus. Referee Shane Chuma showed the player a yellow card, his second of the night, but did not produce a red card.
The player stayed on the pitch for a few minutes before Chuma realised, thanks to help from his fourth official, that he should send the defender off.
Pirates made the most of the advantage, camping in the Tornado half.
First Makola tried his luck midway through the second half from range, but his sweetly struck shot was brilliantly saved by Majola as it came off the crossbar.
Majola was at fault, however, for Pirates’ third goal in the 72nd minute, scored by Ntshumayelo, whose tame shot found its way into the net. Ntshumayelo had not scored since 2013, but walked off the field with a brace.
Bucs substitute Menzi Masuku ballooned his close range shot over the bar and Sifiso Myeni, who was very quiet, struck the upright in the last 10 minutes of play.
Myeni had reason to celebrate four minutes from time when he netted the fourth goal.
In last night’s other match, Black Aces defeated Maritzburg United 2-1.