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Benni McCarthy scores in Orlando Pirates' win against Black Leopards

Posted: 12 August 2011 Time: 21:49

Benni McCarthy scored eight minutes into his debut as Orlando Pirates beat Black Leopards 2-0 in Polokwane on Friday evening.

A goal in either half from two very different players sealed the fate of the newly-promoted team. Handing the Buccaneers the lead in the first half was rising star and South African national Under-23 striker Bongani Ndulula.

The second half goal was scored by a player in the twilight of his career and on his Pirates debut, McCarthy.

And while Pirates may have got off to the perfect start in the defence of their League title with maximum points in their opening match, the goal scored by McCarthy will be the biggest news coming out of this game.

Pirates certainly started the better of the two teams as they passed the ball around nicely, and duly got the opener after just 11 minutes.

Daine Klate whipped in a free-kick from the right flank and goalkeeper Azwindin Maphaha fluffed his punch into the path of Ndulula, who was quick to slot the ball into an empty net.

The rest of the half, however, saw Leopards the better side and they had three golden scoring chances.

In the 24th minute Edgar Manaka forced a great save from Moeneeb Josephs, who was at full stretch to his left to make a finger-tip save.

Four minutes later and a quick counter-attack started by Mongezi Bobe ended with Thabo Mongalo trying to chip the keeper from the edge of the box, but he saw his effort just skim the wrong side of the post.

Just before half-time Mongalo should really have found the back of the net. The striker found himself in a one-on-one situation with Josephs, but fired his shot straight at the keeper.

The second 45 minutes saw no side really take the ascendancy until Pirates found the back of the net in the 71st minute; again the goal coming because of a mistake made by Maphaha.

The Leopards keeper failed to collect the ball on the right edge of the box, which allowed Oupa Manyisa to steal it from him and play a cross into the box which found its way to McCarthy at the back post, and the seasoned striker made no mistake from only a couple of yards out.

After that the game petered out and Pirates ended the match victorious. Still, had it not have been for two silly mistakes by the keeper and some better finishing from their strikers, Leopards could have at least earned something from the match.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:00 pm
you all know the song ''bennie in the 18 area, halakasha''.buccaneer by birth
Anonymous
posted: 10:01 pm
heh benni scored on hs debut,shapaa bucs,parkcow and majorocow must learn frm this man
Anonymous
posted: 10:01 pm
Happy 4 a gud start But as 4 Mayambela nd Mjempu less said da beta. Mayb we should b a bit fair as its de start of ga season.
Anonymous
posted: 10:04 pm
Hehe benny wnt score hehe benny is 2 fat wats dis a goal on debut 4rm da bench sumthg majoro cnt du up da bucs
Anonymous
posted: 10:07 pm
well, not the game of the century, it was worth the entrance fee. Leopards must pull up their socks! Ooh, lol so Khulubuse McCarthy scored?
Anonymous
posted: 10:08 pm
Nyweeee nyweeeee Bennie will never score..mwhat the heck was that? The touch...the shielding...the move...wow.
bazookanc
posted: 10:10 pm
Well well what now? Benni is too fat, Benni is overrated,Benni's old, Benni this Benni that. What do u have to say now both strikers of the beloved Bucs scored who were so much discredited this past days. I guess 1 stupid will say it is till early days.
Champ Million
posted: 10:10 pm
Well done boys with the exception of Mayambela! What do these guys see in this player to be in the starting lineup?
Anonymous
posted: 10:13 pm
If Manyambela continues to start with the game. His career @ pirates will end sooner than we all expert. Let him be introduced later in the game like Krol did. Saw a little bit of improvement from Mabhena. Lets give him a chance. Still not sure about Mjempu. He was the weakest link today..Josephs is back on form.
Anonymous
posted: 10:13 pm
tkzee in da 18 area khalakhashaaa! benny is far better dan zakumi majaroro who just run like headless chicken. Well done dr khoza 4 bringing benny.
Anonymous
posted: 10:14 pm
gud game dat was...but we need mbuyane to combine with benni then our goal machine will be switched on UP THE CHAMPS
Champ Always in the TOP 8
posted: 10:15 pm
Benni in the 18 area!! Nice one guys! Im still yet to see Daine Klate's contribution to Pirates. The less said about Mayambela the better
Anonymous
posted: 10:15 pm
Truth b told,Pirates was average and black leopards did well for new comers.Benni was gifted to score on debut a lot is still expected frm him.Also saw small umkhaba on Benni...lol
Anonymous
posted: 10:16 pm
Nice game mabhakaniya.Benni was fantastic bt uMabena is waste bt the set up was gud.
Anonymous
posted: 10:17 pm
It feels good to be a Buccaneer...shapa!!!Tnx Benni n Ndulula
Anonymous
posted: 10:18 pm
manyambela needs to learn to read the situations, not all the balls that need, drbling, not all the ball that need running. He must from Tlou who gets better with time
Nipsy
posted: 10:19 pm
Overall the cows played well, the standard of fooball in the country went up surely. We can make a national team full of local players and compete in the world, this is great news for our nation. I nid to be honest without liars or favors, no European team can pay Fatty to run the way he is running surely we are taking him back bcos he is one of us. Fatty can never run for 90 minutes and that is why Orphan's coach is starting him on the bench.
Anonymous
posted: 10:19 pm
We played well but too defensive in da 1st half. Manyisa & Jali played back passes the entire game. Mayambela, Klate & Mjempu must warm da bench. McCarthy what a class, experience & determination! Good result 4 mighty Bucs & shapa buccaneer shapa! Who is in da 18 area? Up the Bucs!
Anonymous
posted: 10:19 pm
Well done bucs i think mayambela cud be good from the bench he is a good player in the calibre of the late Scara
Champ Always in the TOP 8
posted: 10:22 pm
Why cant Mayambela keep it simple like Ace? He cant pass, he cant release the ball early!
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