After defeating their bitter rivals Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at the FNB Stadium, Orlando Pirates claimed the bragging rights in the Soweto Derby.
The Bucs fought for their win, moving up to seventh place in the league rankings.
On November 25, they are scheduled to play Richards Bay in the KwaZulu-Natal Province.
When the Chiefs play Moroka Swallows FC, another Soweto rival, on November 26, they will be desperate for a win as they have dropped to the ninth slot in the standings.
Despite Thabiso Monyane’s injury, the Buccaneers had a strong start to the game.
In the thirteenth minute, Miguel Timm gave them their first warning, forcing Itumeleng Khune to make a good save.
After that, Khune was defeated seven minutes later when Evidence Makgopa, assisted by Bandile Shandu, knocked the ball home from close range to give Pirates a well-earned lead. At halftime, the visitors led 1-0.
Following the restart, Amakhosi pressed for the equaliser, sending numerous crosses into the Buccaneers’ box.
In the 66th minute, Edson Castillo struck the upright with goalkeeper Melusi Buthelezi far out of position.
With eight minutes remaining, though, the visitors had an opportunity to tie the score, but Khune made a fantastic stop to keep out eventual Man of the Match Patrick Maswanganyi, and Pirates won 1-0 in the end.