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Orlando Pirates beat Maritzburg United

Posted: 26 February 2012 Time: 17:30

Orlando Pirates moved up to third place in the League standings thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Maritzburg United at Orlando Stadium.

The Buccaneers needed a breath-taking goal from substitute Benni McCarthy in the 75th minute to defeat the 10-man Team of Choice, who had defender Peter Petersen dismissed just past the hour-mark for a second bookable offence.

The victory puts Pirates level with Kaizer Chiefs on 33 points, while Mamelodi Sundowns still lead the way on 36 points.

Bucs started the match strongly and striker Ndumiso Mabena was presented with a great chance just four minutes in, but with only goalkeeper Francis Chansa to beat he blazed his effort over the crossbar.

The hosts dominated the first 20 minutes or so, but the visitors gradually got a foothold in midfield and began to create some opportunities of their own. The best arrived on 34 minutes when a long throw-in from Petersen went straight to Wayne Matle, but from close range the attacker completely missed the ball.

Matle then had a free header from Kurt Lentjies’s 45th-minute free-kick, but he failed to direct his header on target.

Bucs shuffled their pack upfront by introducing Thulasizwe Mbuyane in place of Mabena at the start of the second half, but apart from a glancing header from a corner that produced a straightforward save from Chansa, ‘Juju’ wasn’t able to stamp his authority on the game.

The first of two key moments arrived in the 63rd minute when Petersen deliberately handled the ball and was shown a second yellow card, followed by a red, by referee Zolile Mthetho.

With 15 minutes to play McCarthy took centre stage, peeling away from his marker Byrone Hendricks in the penalty area before meeting a cross with a brilliant overhead-kick that found the back of the net.

Maritzburg thought they had claimed a late equaliser deep into injury time when substitute Prince Olomu stabbed home from close range after Mor Diouf won a knock-down in the penalty area, but it was scratched out for offside – though TV replays suggested the Team of Choice were hard done by.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 05:39 pm
Sh*t now the noise will be even more unbearable, ca'nt wait for Libolo next week. Eish!
posted: 05:41 pm
Hehe! we have arrived and there no turning back.

If you want joy you better come to Orlando....!
posted: 05:42 pm
I am also waiting for Libolo. Maritzburg Unt has disapointed me.
posted: 05:43 pm
Shapa Buccaneer shapa! We will retain our league! Leal is a tactitian and plan 4 the game very well. Matlaba did well on his debut and Ntsumayelo is more similar to Jali. McCarthy what a brilliant goal! Once and alwys a Buccaneer!
posted: 05:43 pm
The honourable linesman wins it for the disgusting noisy LOWLIFES!
posted: 05:43 pm
Good investment Mr Khoza on Benny
posted: 05:45 pm
Always controversy surrounds bucs win. The iron duke always at work. Why dissalow the legit goal
posted: 05:47 pm
@Sweyts: vala umlomo and give space to the Champs...... is'khathi senu nama Zebras siphelile! lol.
posted: 05:47 pm
zebras and sunkak are shiting deir underwears, da bucs ship is cruizing to da top. what a goal by benniiii,
posted: 05:48 pm
Benny...Benny...BENNY! Kill dis Dogs! Kill dem McCarthy! Up the Bucs!!
posted: 05:49 pm
By da way,whr'z Gattuso nd Daine Klate!diz coach z gona distroy our ship ahhg maan!anwy thnx 4 da unconvincing 3points!bucs til photocopy da table while èy r stil @ da summit.
posted: 05:49 pm
Slowly but Surely sizofika endaweni yethu ON TOP
posted: 05:50 pm
It gets interesting. The smell of hobbos was unbearable, now sokunuka amagundane.
Three wins and u can't catch yellow. Huuuuuuuubhuuuuuu it still catch me if u can.
Daylight Robbery robbery robbery
posted: 05:51 pm
The only difference between us and our top spot its these bloody clowns, but we coming we promised. its time to wet your pants boys.
posted: 05:51 pm
Pitso if you want to keep your job you need to select Benni and he is goint to assist you! If you lose the game against Senegal you must consider yourself fired!
posted: 05:52 pm
Taking nothing away from Pirates,i don't think they have improved.

Last season they were still winning by an odd goal there & then.

Having bought so many players this season could be their undoing.

I also want to add to a controversial Wits goal by hand yesterday, which will be forgotten very soon but even after almost a decade we are still being reminded of Arthur Zwane's hand ball.
The Ghost
posted: 05:53 pm
@ sweyts, if you can't stand the heat get the f%^ck out of the kitchen marete a hao. And since you decided to become an Angolan just because you got no balls go hang.
posted: 05:54 pm
stupid coach....nxaa. someone please fire this thing
how on earth can you liv Jali and Klate out of the squad?
The Ghost
posted: 05:55 pm
Shapa Buccaneer shapa wena ... THEY ARE FEELING THE HEAT ... Did you really in your right minds think Pirates was going to go own quietly and without a fight. If so la nyela moes dan. Again UP THE BUCS!!!
posted: 05:58 pm
lol. bengazi! Lol.

Having said that......Benni McCarthy is still the illest, had he been born in any other country like bo Ivory Coast, he'd have a place named after him.

How about renaming Orlando to Emafutheni? lol.
Just kiddin' Benni is the best, that why the likes of Mphela make me wanna puke, they've achieved fokol maar they act big. Nx.

Long live Benni, fat or not!
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