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Orlando Pirates advance to last four in Nedbank Cup

Posted: 25 April 2011 Time: 17:14

Orlando Pirates made the last four of the 2011 Nedbank Cup, beating Free State Stars 1-0 at Orlando Stadium on Monday afternoon.

The Buccaneers played the last 30 minutes of the match with 10 men, as Senzo Meyiwa was sent off, but Happy Jele's goal early in the second half proved to be enough to hand them a victory over Ea Lla Koto.

Pirates join Black Leopards, Mpumalanga Black Aces and Baroka FC in the semi-finals.

Thulasizwe Mbuyane made a return from injury, however Bucs were without left-back Reuben Cloete.

Lucky Lekgwathi filled in on the left, but struggled and committed a few errors.

After a scrappy opening, Pirates came to life around the midway point of the first half.

Francis Chansa and Jele both tried their hand at long-range efforts that were easily saved by Kennedy Mweene, while Chiukepo Msowoya had a penalty appeal turned down by referee Victor Hlungwani.

Stars’ Noah Chivuta came close to breaking the deadlock in the 28th minute with a cheeky chip from long range that carried just over Senzo Meyiwa’s crossbar and brushed the top of the netting.

On 36 minutes Bucs created the best chance of the first half, with a ball over the top sending Thulasizwe Mbuyane free down the left of the penalty area.

But Mbuyane scuffed a low shot wide of the mark when a square pass for Chansa would have been a tap-in.

Just before the break Pirates twice tested Mweene through Msowoya and Mbuyane; the latter effort was a stinging turn-and-volley that forced the Ea Lla Koto goalie into an acrobatic save.

Bucs’ perseverance was rewarded nine minutes after the restart when Jele continued his great form by putting the hosts 1-0 up.

A 54th-minute Dikgang Mabalane corner-kick was cleared straight back to 'Terminator', whose second cross to the near post was glanced home by the unmarked Jele.

Pirates seemed to be in the driving seat, but just past the hour mark Noah Chivuta slipped through on goal and Meyiwa sprinted off his line, tripping him up just outside the penalty area.

Referee Hlungwani had no choice but to show a red card to the keeper, who had denied a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Bucs brought on third-choice goalkeeper Jacob Mokhasi, sacrificing Msowoya up-front.

The new man between the posts made a terrific last-gasp save in the 74th minute, somehow denying Madoda Motha when he looked certain to force the ball over the goal-line from close range.

Stars, with a man’s advantage, dominated possession in the latter stages, though it was Pirates, through the pace of Mabalane and substitute Tlou Segolela, that actually looked the likelier scorers.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 05:32 pm
I realy wntd 2 ply Baroka in the semis..thy r lucky!...ole Bucs
The Ghost
posted: 05:35 pm
Now they should just hand us the trophy ... UP THE BUCS sorry musunu X1 fanatics I know you wanted us to lose so we could join you in the doldrums, but thina we are made of sterner stuff we don't get beat by minnows.
M .J.
posted: 05:36 pm
Shapa Bhakajuju shapa, 'hehehe i-Pirates will lose to FSS' in ma foot, happy people 4ever. Maar iyashapa i-bucs yoyoyo!!!
posted: 05:37 pm
Juan, I think it will be nice to whip them in finals. Pirates need a very reliable striker if we are to content in the CAF tournaments next season.

Bucselona, Bucselona, Bucselona, ooohhh aha!
posted: 05:38 pm
BUcselona is gonna kill people. Siyabangena 99
posted: 05:43 pm
Shapa buccanear shapaaaa re tlo ba kaetsa hw 2 play futbal mmaditopetope. Da 2 cupz r jst around da corner waitin 4 da bucs 2 colect. League nd nedbank eish!
Bhaka4life (2 x Treble Champ)
posted: 05:48 pm
Thanks God we scrapped through. What could have been an easy win was made difficult thank to none other than ourselves. Crucify me for what it's worth I still believe that Mbuyane is a cow and will remain a cow. I wish I could see this handwork whic so many and I cannot. H can literally disappear for more than 30 minutes and resurface only to miss a sitter, how is that for the coach favorite.

In the absence of Mbuyane, I was impressed with the ever improving Oupa Manyisa, he will go places tha boy. Less said about the mistake committed by Mahamutsa and Jele, that's Vodacom league staff, damn. Not sure if Johannes had that ball covered and best if we never know, Meyiwa(not my favourite for his sometimes high school mistakes) saved the day. What was excellent about his decision was the timing to commit the foul outside the box. Would have been criminal to be red carded and still Stars get an equalizer though the spot kick...

Ya, we are thin on keepers, that weight I jampa nkare ha ho na net ko di goalpost. You'd swear hore a ka tloga a re ke Jump pole ha ba ka kora.

Shaapa Baka Juju Shapa
posted: 05:51 pm
thanx boys - gud game - keep on doing what u do best - winning
posted: 05:51 pm
yhoooo bhakaniya ya shapa jong. Happy Jele we are Happy...
posted: 05:51 pm
UP THE BUCS! NOT MUCH TO CELEBRATE COZ WINNING IS OUR DAILY BREAD...Sorry to chiefs fans and kickoff.com editors
posted: 05:52 pm
Yes Yes Yes,we smelling ur blood borotho.We have a date,
Bra Aubs
posted: 05:53 pm
Why is Kickoff always giving a false reporting??? There is no player at Pirates that goes by the name of Francis Chansa, we have Isaac Chansa!!! And I think Lucky Lekgwathi got a yellow card but it doesn't show on the stats and that should rule him out of the next game... correct me if I am wrong. These Kickoff kids must go back to school man nx!!!

Thanks Orlando Pirates for a great performance... hopefully our neighbours will learn a lesson about how u go about achieving a treble!!! Holla Buccaneer Holla
posted: 05:54 pm
Mbuyane is not a pirates material.im not happy with the results and coach. someone has to be injured before he substitutes. Rooi Mahamutsa is our engine. up the bucs!
posted: 05:54 pm
Baphi laba abatshala amaklabishi ngeke niyenze lutho ibhakabhaka coz nihlale nikhala yisho sidla abanye
posted: 05:55 pm
Thank you Bucs!! Siyabonga Ghost we are indeed Happy People. A very tough game for the lads but glad they pulled through. Now for Black Aces gents. Make us proud. The treble dream lives on!!
posted: 05:55 pm
Thank you Bucs!! Siyabonga Ghost we are indeed Happy People. A very tough game for the lads but glad they pulled through. Now for Black Aces gents. Make us proud. The treble dream lives on!!
posted: 05:59 pm
Up the bucs well done guys although the win was scrappy. A win is a win cause lady luck favours the braves. Now lets beat super sport on saturday night to remain top of the league. I can now smell the treble coming our way. Once and always
posted: 06:00 pm
We don't play at Orlando. It is a said day for the majority in SA ( chimps supporters).Shappa bhakajuju shapa.
posted: 06:02 pm
Rooi haaai uyashisa... Bhakaniya less yada yada and more points... We are almost there, lets focus on our game and leave others to do the talking. I know they r rooting 4 Aces manje. Tsipa ezimnyama tsipa....
posted: 06:03 pm
Siyanibongela mabhakabhaka, let's see if you are going to win the league without your 1st and 2nd goalkeepers.
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