'consistency is key'
Orlando Pirates golden striker Katlego Mashego believes they peaked at the right time, but argues consistency will be crucial in their quest to end the season with a bang.
Mashego was speaking after Pirates turned the heat on SuperSport United to successfully open their Nedbank Cup account, winning 2-0 at Ellis Park Stadium on Saturday.
Jealous down, it was by far the best five-star performance by Pirates that also seen them ending the reign of terror over them by United. Pirates were just too good and the sending off of United's hard tackler Lance Davids after a second bookable offence made matters worse for the visitors, who were anyway, by then trailing by two goals to zero.
Once more Mashego and Teko Modise came to the fore to repeat their midweek feat, which saw Bucs dismantle Mamelodi Sundowns by winning the PSL clash by same score line of 2-0.
This is the first time Pirates qualified for the Last-16 stage after their Ke Yona "savings card was swallowed" by Santos in the first round in the inaugural season.
"For us we were doing a job we get paid for. We played well, I'm happy to be part of the winning side. We worked hard and deserved to win," said the cultured Mashego.
"The team is doing well, which augurs well for our plan to end the season on a high note. Consistency is important in life, we've got to keep the winning momentum. Our supporters have been great and we appreciate it," said Mashego, who did the usual thing by going to his former club's bench 10 minutes before kick-off.
On his arrival at the bench, Mashego shook hands and hugged all United's players and officials but an hour-and-half later left them in tears. He got the first goal in the 41st minute with a solo effort to easily beat United's goalkeeper Dennis Onyango hands down.
The second one saw Mashego and Modise combining in superb one-two passes, which the latter crowned with his trademark powerful shot to hit the back of the net in the 60th minute.
United had several scoring opportunities but it seems the tightly marked Elias Pelembe, Lerato Chabangu and Brent Carelse had forgotten their scoring boots at home.