Maritzburg United beat Orlando Pirates 2-1
Posted: 24 August 2011 Time: 21:45
Maritzburg United pulled off a major upset on Wednesday night in beating Orlando Pirates 2-1 at Harry Gwala Stadium, but not without controversy.
Benni McCarthy’s opening goal was cancelled out by two second half goals by Diyo Sibisi and Mor Diouf – this after Bafana Bafana’s leading marksman ever was controversially shown a second yellow on the stroke of halftime for supposedly connecting a defender with his elbow, although replays show he was clearly just jumping for the ball.
It was Maritzburg goalkeeper Shuaib Walters who made the first real save of the game, when he saved a shot by Tlou Segolela following Thulasizwe Mbuyane’s cross.
But the goalie could do nothing about McCarthy’s opener – the striker making a clever and late run to get in front of Walters to stab home Mbuyane’s short corner.
Walters made a few good saves to keep the score down to just one and was definitely the busier of the two goalkeepers on the night.
But it was Maritzburg who turned possession into goals. The slightly overshadowed Pirates in the possession stakes - which would have been aided by the dismissal of McCarthy - and made it count in front of goal when they had their chances.
On 49 minutes they equalized through Sibisi – albeit fortuitously. Pirates failed to clear a corner, and Lucky Lekgwathi was the unlucky defender to kick the ball into the Maritzburg striker and see it rebound into the back of the goal.
The home side predictably had most of the play in the second half and eventually found the winner their dominance deserved – Diouf rising highest to head Peter Petersen’s free-kick past Moeneeb Josephs.
Substitute Bongani Ndulula almost got the equalizer late on, but Petersen produced a timely intervention to keep their goal intact – and secure the three points.