Free State Stars were unable to replicate their Premiership win as they fell to a 4-1 defeat to Orlando Pirates, in their Nedbank Cup last 16 fixture at the James Motlatsi Stadium on Saturday night.
An action-packed first half saw both teams create several chances on goal and the 1-1 scoreline was probably an accurate reflection.
Pirates started the second half with a bang and never looked back after retaking the lead just a few minutes after half-time.
There was plenty of goalmouth action early on as Tendai Ndoro fired a 12th-minute shot wide before Bucs keeper Siyabonga Mpontshane kept out Sthembiso Dlamini’s stinging drive at the other end.
Pirates were enjoying the bulk of the chances and after Oupa Manyisa’s rasping drive narrowly flew over the bar, Bucs took the lead in the 20th minute through a brilliant curling 30-yard shot from former Ea Lla Koto man Mpho Makola.
It took an excellent block from Issa Sarr on the half-hour mark to stop Sinethemba Jantjie from equalising with a shot from just outside the box 12 minutes later.
The hosts had their goal, though, five minutes before half-time when Sifiso Mbhele headed the ball into the bottom corner of the net following a short-corner routine with Bokang Thlone.
Stars keeper Christoffer Mafoumbi had to make a very good stop shortly afterwards as Makola tested him from a tight angle.
Pirates had their second goal shortly after the break when Makola’s killer cross was headed in for an own-goal by Joseph Okumu.
The third goal was instigated and scored by Bucs skipper Manyisa, who won a tackle 50-yards out before combining with Sarr and then Ndoro before finishing with a neat flick over the advancing Mafoumbi.
Ea Lla Koto’s evening got worse when Makhehleni Makhaula was sent off 13 minutes from time after picking up a second yellow card.
That proved to the final nail for the home side, as legs began to tire, Pirates added a fourth goal deep in added time when Thembinkosi Lorch slashed the ball into the top corner with the last kick of the game.