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Orlando Pirates beat Mpumalanga Black Aces in Nedbank Cup

Posted: 14 May 2011 Time: 23:05

Orlando Pirates secured a place in the 2011 Nedbank Cup final, defeating Mpumalanga Black Aces 1-0 after extra time at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.

AmaZayoni goalkeeper Denis Onyango gave a Man of the Match performance, but the Buccaneers eventually found a goal through winger Tlou Segolela after 110 minutes. The Soweto side will face the winner of Sunday’s semifinal between Baroka FC and Black Leopards in the final on 28 May at the Mbombela Stadium.

The match started at a fierce pace and Aces looked threatening early on, particularly from set pieces. In the tenth minute they thrice came close to opening the scoring, with Pirates’ Happy Jele, Robyn Johannes and Senzo Meyiwa each taking turns to block successive goal-bound efforts.

Pirates gradually began to find their rhythm as the half wore on, and by the 30-minute mark they were bossing the game. In the 32nd minute the home side came close to breaking the deadlock, with captain Lucky Lekgwathi powering a header on target from a corner kick, only to see a combination of Vusiwe Masondo and goalkeeper Denis Onyango scramble the ball off the goal line.

Bucs missed a glaring opportunity in the last minute of regulation time at the end of the first half. A Tlou Segolela cross from the left flank was poorly dealt with by Aces, allowing Happy Jele a clear sight of goal, but the right-back somehow hacked his effort over the crossbar from close range.

The Soweto giants continued to dominate in the second half but were unable to breach a resilient Aces defence, this despite the visitors having to substitute injured centre-back Warren Bishop and replace him with Marc Eberle.

The only time Pirates really threatened to score in the second stanza came on 77 minutes when the pace of Segolela took him past Marco da Silva to go through on goal, but Onyango came off his line quickly and denied the winger in a one-on-one situation.

Onyango was the hero again in extra time, making two exceptional saves in the first half to keep out Mark Mayambela in another one-on-one duel and deny Lekgwathi from an absolute bullet of a header.

The Ugandan goalkeeper continued his superb performance in the second half of extra time but it seemed inevitable that Pirates would score, such was the ease with which they were cutting up an Aces defence that had clearly run out of legs.

On 110 minutes the Buccaneers finally broke the deadlock. Andile Jali surged beyond two Aces defenders, drew Onyango off his line before passing for Segolela to score into an empty net. It was a brilliant piece of set-up play from the midfielder, who showed the composure in the box that his more attack-minded teammates had lacked all night.

Ndumiso Mabena almost added a second in the dying minutes; his shot was half-stopped by Onyango but continued rolling toward the goal, only for Sandile Zuke to clear it off the line with a desperate lunge.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 11:10 pm
Its actually the NEDBANK CUP, mr editor. I knw u dnt like bucs bt nedbank never did a thing to u so stop it, and correct your spelling. Shapa andile "player of the season" jali shapaa!
Anonymous
posted: 11:11 pm
Wena sello u must glove them ba re foka mo strateng
Anonymous
posted: 11:14 pm
we r through to da final - haters eat ur hearts out !!!
Anonymous
posted: 11:17 pm
@Sam - jealousy makes u nasty - & 4 ur info , Baroka is not through to da final
Anonymous
posted: 11:19 pm
I would be the happiest man on earth had Mr Editor put up a heading "Pirates made jealous people go to bed with swollen hearts"...lol. Let's hear what they are going to say especially given that Zane, their leader in always criticizing OPFC, has started already. Shaaaaapaaaaa OPFC shaaaaaaaaaapppppaaaaaa!
Anonymous
posted: 11:19 pm
Is the editor drunk or something?
Anonymous
posted: 11:22 pm
U robbed dennis onyango he played so well we applaud the aces for taking pie rat and giving thm a run for their money come meet baroka
Anonymous
posted: 11:22 pm
Robert marawa off side oFf side my voet!!! U r not even sure urself!! So yeka I pirates yodwa!!
Anonymous
posted: 11:23 pm
we r through 2 the finals , mbombela stadium we r cuming ka 28 May 2011
Anonymous
posted: 11:23 pm
These Chimpanze editors/reporters won't say that "Orlando Pirates Football Club, the only side to have played more games than any other team this season (league and cup games combined) therefore making them the only player to appear in each and every Cup Final including Charity".
Anonymous
posted: 11:24 pm
All te bst Bacca Juju.Jali*Gattuso* n Sekgolela*Gautrain* we r proud of u.keep it up guys
Anonymous
posted: 11:26 pm
Well done hpy people.Jali'Gattuso n Sekgolela'Gautrain' we r proud of u guys.Shapa buccs Shapaaa
Anonymous
posted: 11:27 pm
off site....or handball in the net...wat matterz is dat bucs are in the grand finale....

''the team diserved it n ofcourse m happy, m happy 4 the players m happy 4 de management , m happy 4 the chairman,m happy 4 the supporters ofcourse m happy''!!!
Anonymous
posted: 11:27 pm
Up the bucs. Bt Krol has no coaching tactics...it jus dat pirates hav quality players. And we need strikers. Otorogu is buried by Krol. Mnxm this coach
Anonymous
posted: 11:28 pm
Pirates playin borin futbal,won bi luck..aces wr a beter tim in d 1st 90 mins
Anonymous
posted: 11:31 pm
Sorry chiefs fans and kickoff editors. Pirates is unstopable
Anonymous
posted: 11:31 pm
chiiiiiiiisa buccunear ,chiiiiiisa!!!
Anonymous
posted: 11:33 pm
Whether Zane calls that offside or not nothing and I mean NOTHING will ever change. The fact is, I am waiting for Shoprite/Computicket to open on Monday to buy my ticket for Mpumalanga's Mbombela Stadium...hawwwwwwwwuuuuuuuuueeeeeeennnnnnnngggggggggggggg!
Anonymous
posted: 11:34 pm
zizipho- i agree with u, i think rud krol must leave bucs n get a coach who wil utilize da players we have. How can he play a young boy drogba as a lone striker. krol is killing our pleyers eg makhanya, teko, mthembu etc.
Anonymous
posted: 11:35 pm
Bucs are in the final! We told you(cabbages) but you didn't want to listen! Now you are stressed again! BUCS TO DA BONE!!!
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