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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.

Previous comments on this story...

Mpofana Eeeeeeenhle
posted: 10:02 pm
Bengingazi ukuthi kanti iPirates iyashayeka. Brought down to mother earth!!!

Kodwa u were robbed Mabhakaniya. Benni should not have been sent out.

Anonymous
posted: 10:03 pm
Reality check!!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:10 pm
We were bound to lose @ sum point, we all know that Bucs is a team to beat at the moment. When a team plays against Bucs they put extra effort bcoz they know that Bucs is like X in Maths that's not easy to solve...siyabuya ma bhakaniya!!! Hade
Anonymous
posted: 10:12 pm
I thought de coach was gona rest de lyks of tlou, jali, manyisa n play ada guys lyk mhlongo, mabalane, doutie n bester. Anyway it luks lyk de coach is so predictable.
Laaste Khosi - Capo di tutti_di hond
posted: 10:12 pm
Hehehehehehe hahahahahah hehehehehehe hahahahahaha Ratty Rats. Did you see the PSL log lately. Huh Rats?
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 10:15 pm
Well done MU for hammering the Rats. At least the noise levels from their useless fans will die down.

Hehehehehehehe....just last week one of Chibuku fans said Chibuku will go the entire season without defeat. Hahahahahahahahh...ehheheheheheheheh.
Anonymous
posted: 10:17 pm
These refrees have started again 4 da next 10 yrs they'll b robbing...Benny was told by his bench after he got a yellow card to stay. Out of trouble cause they want to send him out and he got it, last week legitimate goal was disallowed...Kaizer has started his dirty tricks again to make sure Bucs doesn't win cups 4 da next 10 yrs.
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 10:18 pm
Hahahahahahaha....what a nite 4 me. The Mighty Chiefs won. My home team Leopards won. Chibuku lost. Lekker !

Is there a Chibuku fan out there who still think they will beat Sundowns at the weekend ?
sashnana1
posted: 10:20 pm
BENNI MUST NT LOOSE WEIGHT, THAT REFEREE MUST LOOSE WEIGHT
sashnana1
posted: 10:20 pm
BENNI MUST NT LOOSE WEIGHT, THAT REFEREE MUST LOOSE WEIGHT.
The Ghost
posted: 10:21 pm
Yeah, we lost ... but we did not lose to chiefs ...
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 10:22 pm
Yoh yoh yoh.....what a moral boosting win for Sunclowns. I see Chibuku losing 5-0 @ the weekend. It's gonna be nice since The Mighty Amakhosi wud have already booked their place in the final and just waiting for our arch-enemies to fall. Bolaya Sunclowns bolaya!
Anonymous
posted: 10:22 pm
Its tough for us to loose like this,referees are out to destroy our beloved team.why Benni was sent out,I don't understand.
To our coach,I'm sorry he seems like a coach who likes circus more than real things & it will work against him if he doesn't change that.how do you play Mayambela & Mabena ahead of the likes of Mabalane & Bester & expect to score many goals & win games.how do you keep playing Lekgwathi when he is actually the weakest link in all the games we play thus far.All in all we are not out let those who celebrate being on top do it now,when the time is right we shall reclaim our rightful position.
Anonymous
posted: 10:23 pm
Zebraz has won da lig 2day congradulations Makhosi
Anonymous
posted: 10:24 pm
Bomatholwane are hapi dat Champions slipped 2nite.don't get get excited the whole season n forget to collect points to Win u the Championship.
Anonymous
posted: 10:24 pm
At pirates we know that we will loose some and win some,unlike other team who think they will win all.
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 10:24 pm
The Ghost: 2011-08-24 22:21 [ Report ]


Yeah, we lost ... but we did not lose to chiefs ...
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What difrence does it make jou moer ! The important thing is that you LOST. And Chiefs WON. Now deal with that.
Anonymous
posted: 10:25 pm
my cellphone is quite 2nyt, dankie ga ngwe, dankie ga bedi, dankie gararo Maritzburg UTD
Anonymous
posted: 10:26 pm
how can u chiefs fans be so stupid,inconsistent referees r busy destroyin our football nd u laugh,i m not sayin dey shud side wit pirates cause i m pirates but dey shud be consistent,ya time is near nd u ll be cryin like babies.
Anonymous
posted: 10:26 pm
I wld like 2 congradulate Makhosi.....shapaaaaaa!!! Ohh sry tha galaxy of cowZa
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