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Lucky Lekgwathi goal sends Orlando Pirates through

Posted: 23 October 2010 Time: 17:31

Lucky Lekgwathi scored the only goal of the game as Orlando Pirates beat Golden Arrows in the first round of the Telkom Knockout Cup in Chatsworth on Saturday afternoon.

Pirates were the dominant force throughout the game and created a host of chances before the skipper finally buried one shortly after the restart.

Daine Klate squandered an early chance when he kicked the turf instead of properly connecting with Dikgang Mabalane’s lay-up from the right.

At the other end, Moeneeb Josephs came off his line in the 10th minute to spectacularly turn behind for a corner from which Bucs launched a counterattack and almost scored, but Chiukepo Msowoya just failed to get to Mabalane’s cross.

Arrows were again all at sea four minutes later as a free-kick was sent in from the halfway line. Da Rocha came out and missed the ball ,which fell onto the head of Rooi Mahamutsa. The keeper’s blushes were saved as Mahmutsa’s effort crashed into his left hand post and went out for a goal-kick.

It was a non-stop onslaught on the Arrows goal in the 34th minute. It was Mabalane once more who was causing all the trouble; this time he got down the right wing and whipped in the ball which found Msowoya, but his powerful header went over the goal.

A minute later Siyabonga Sangweni sent a close-range header well wide and Pirates moved up field again. Andile Jali managed to find Mabalane on the right of the Arrows 18-yard area. As the ball came to him Mabalane, from a tight angle, went for goal, but his effort went into the side netting.

Whatever Ruud Krol had told his team at half-time seemed to work as they took the lead a minute into the second half.

Klate sent a perfectly weighted ball from the right. Lekgwathi tracked the ball and got on to the end of it, heading it downwards and wide of Da Rocha from close range.

The visitors went in search of a quick second and it took a combination of Russell Mlotshwa and Da Rocha to knock Happy Jele’s attempted cross off the line in the 50th minute for a corner.

While Arrows might have failed to ignite, Sangweni did give a display of fine defending when he slid in from behind and got the ball off the feet of Ndumiso Mabena just as he prepared to fire at goal from close range.

Pirates again counter-attacked in 92nd minute through Mabalane, who played a quick one two with Jali before being played in on goal, but Da Rocha stood firm and blocked the shot.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 05:38 pm
Wht d u mean by a lucky escape,he masepa a kick a biased maan.The chimp famers won by a sigle goal on wend but it wasnt a lucky escape,gues what w will alwys inflict pain in ur behinds.

Tsipa tse ntsho Tsipa.
Anonymous
posted: 05:39 pm
Catchy headline. But Arrows hardly had a shot at goal so what escape are ypu referring to?
Anonymous
posted: 05:42 pm
Shapa legkwathi shapa,captain fantastic,u always give ur best ntate, big up papa,but my concern though is krol,this man don't khow the good time to make a change,and who should be replaced,i mean mbuyane and mabalane were completely out of the game,why taking klate out?nxxx!!!!.SHAKIRAH LOVE TEKO AND PIRATES.
Anonymous
posted: 05:44 pm
Our job is done its all for the lound mouths 2 emulate.Kick off is so biased it doesnt hurt anymore,i wonda how much u get frm broke chimp farmers to always rite bull about us,mara ho wa tshwana ro re ja joy.it took u guys 40 min to update us on the pirates win but had it been the chimps i bet it wud hav been a min,brace urselfs 4 a disapointin night haters.

Tsipa tse ntsho Tsipa.
sheareh
posted: 05:45 pm
Happy with the win, nice to see robin being given game time. Mbuyane is a hard worker but i'm not a big fan of his game and i thought mabalane could have done better. Lucky hope Irvin will reward u someday for the commitment u have shown.
Anonymous
posted: 05:45 pm
UP THE BUCS!! Well done boys. But i think we should start winning by more than 2 goals.anyway i wish AMAZULU a very good win.
Anonymous
posted: 05:48 pm
Bucs continue 2 disappoint. Only this time we are not at the receiving end, Bucs hater suffer more.
Anonymous
posted: 05:50 pm
They said arrows,was gonna beat the hell out of us,he he he,i saw bafana jerseys in chartsworth which mean the whole nation was behind arrows,ha ha ha.kaizer swallows downs.and now its kaizer bafana bafana,but hake makale,poho entsho efihlile,Tsipa tsentso Tsipaaaaaaa!!! I chu !!!bawutlwa bohloko.SHAKIRAH LOVE TEKO AND PIRATES.
Anonymous
posted: 05:50 pm
It was there 4 evry1 2 c,GA had no short on target by the biased editor is adamant tht w escaped,why dnt u rename kick to loyal bucs haters,congrts buc n keep makin us proud,as 4 krol he is useless tactically,its been 3yrs now but he cant subsitude rite,am stil not impresed by this man.

Tsipa tse ntsho Tsipa.
Anonymous
posted: 05:51 pm
U so ryt Matlokoa! Histry wil jag dem!
Anonymous
posted: 05:55 pm
Mbuyane is a liability ko bucs.Mayambela must be thrown in and given a chance to prove himself,keyatsho hape kere.Tsipa tsentso Tsipaaaaaaa!!! I chu!!! Bawutlwa bohloko.SHAKIRAH LOVE TEKO AND PIRATES.
The Ghost
posted: 05:56 pm
Whose next bakiti? Shapa Buccaneer Shapa wena!!!
Anonymous
posted: 05:58 pm
Well done Pirates! I was disapointed with the finishing by our players. The defenders were superb though especially Johannes and Mahamusta.

HAPPY PEOPLE, AGAIN AND AGAIN!
Anonymous
posted: 06:01 pm
@motlokoa i fully agree with u my fellow juju,this dutch man don't khow his players and wanntena serious.HABASHWE,Harebatsipeng waya waya diutlwe bohloko ntsha tsena.SHAKIRAH LOVE TEKO AND PIRATES.
Anonymous
posted: 06:01 pm
Re tla le thonkgela waya-waya,u keep talkin ha bo lona mo kickoff but ron re tlo dula re thabile e bile re le tsipa,ichuuuu,u nkwutlisa bohloko,ke etsa ka boomo.

Tsipa tse ntsho tsipa.
sheareh
posted: 06:04 pm
Happy with the win, nice to see robin being given game time. Mbuyane is a hard worker but i'm not a big fan of his game and i thought mabalane could have done better. Lucky hope Irvin will reward u someday for the commitment u have shown.
Anonymous
posted: 06:07 pm
So ruben cloete is injured?? It will be difficult 4 him to win that position again coz johannes is starting to gel and legkwathi can play very well in that left position,i magine when thwala recovers?? shuuuu hotlabathata kannete.I chu!!!Tsautlwa bohloko dintsha tsena.SHAKIRAH LOVE TEKO AND PIRATES.
Anonymous
posted: 06:07 pm
Hai this editor is so biased its sad
Anonymous
posted: 06:10 pm
'lucky escape my ass' mrs editor next time ask yo seniors for headlines, stuping thief fan
Anonymous
posted: 06:10 pm
Up the BUCS! Hola makhakaneer...
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