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Orlando Pirates are PSL champions again

Posted: 19 May 2012 Time: 16:50

Orlando Pirates won their second successive League title following a thrilling 4-2 win against Golden Arrows on Saturday afternoon.

The Buccaneers needed to win to render Moroka Swallows' result irrelevant.

As it turned out, the Dube Birds did beat Maritzburg United 1-0, but Benni McCarthy's magic again won the day - he headed in a 61st-minute header, before curling in a free-kick in injury-time.

The match started off at a quick pace, but it was the hosts who threatened first when Siyabonga Nkosi beat Lucky Lekgwathi on the left, but his low shot was blocked by Moeneeb Josephs at the near post.

Six minutes later fullback Thabo Matlaba came close to putting the ball in his own net when he tried to clear a cross from Mzivukile Tom, but he was relieved to see the ball coming off the upright.

The deadlock was eventually broken in the 26th minute when the visitors spread the ball wide to the right where Tlou Segolela was able to deliver a pinpoint cross for Lekgwathi to head past Helton da Rocha.

However, the joy was short-lived as Arrows levelled matters seconds later when Josephs was beaten by a low shot from Dillon Sheppard - a howler from the Bafana keeper.

Muhsin Ertugral’s men the extended their lead in the 29th minute when former Pirates player Katlego Mashego fired a breathtaking free-kick past Josephs.

Bucs rallied in search of the equaliser, but were denied by some good goalkeeping from Da Rocha, who blocked a shot from Thulasizwe Mbuyane in the 31st minute, before denying McCarthy six minutes later.

Augusto Palacios’ men did eventually draw level in the 40th minute through another defender as Sangweni connected with a cross from Daine Klate to head the ball into the back of the net.

Bucs started the second half well, using both wings effectively and it almost paid off in the 53rd minute when Segolela found McCarthy inside the penalty area, but he sent his header over the crossbar.

McCarthy did get it right eight minutes later when he got in ahead of his marker to head past Da Rocha from a long throw-in from Mahamutsa.

The former Porto star then grabbed his brace in the third minute of added time as he curled his free-kick in at the near post from the edge of the area to hand his side a two-goal cushion - and a second successive League title.

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Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 05:10 pm
We are untouchable thanku koza thnku pirates
Mlaka
posted: 05:11 pm
Once a Pirates always the champs. Undisputed.
Treble again and again and again...
deBuc
posted: 05:12 pm
All Praise and Thanks to All Mighty. We Thank You Our Lord
Anonymous
posted: 05:12 pm
Halalalalala tse ntsho Halalalalalala

Thanx GOD am a champ today
Anonymous
posted: 05:13 pm
@king: any bribe here? just asking. Happy person till i die!
deBuc
posted: 05:13 pm
All haters eat your heart out! I love Orlando Pirates!
Anonymous
posted: 05:13 pm
Much respect to the Buccaneers, you rule bosdididi!

Benni! What class, yoh!

Football 101 was indoctrinated at the varsity of Orlando indeed! Ya'll are rocks! mh.
Anonymous
posted: 05:13 pm
Tsipa tse ntsho Tsipaaaaa


Ichuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

Rea ba thungela ka nkane

Ichuuuuuuuuuu
SOMALI_*_PIRATE
posted: 05:14 pm
What a team 2nd Treble, we wait for the 2nd STAR, YES I said it 2nd STAR.
deBuc
posted: 05:16 pm
It was said in de Bible dat there will be 7 yrs of hunger and 7 yrs of .......................................... Monotho! Kgora!
Anonymous
posted: 05:17 pm
Umagebhula ngokugebhula umhlaba wenye indoda. Tre
Anonymous
posted: 05:17 pm
Banna ke bone monna a tsamaya ka kettle cause cups are finished monna ga a gopola how to cry I if U hate pirates you might not die now but you will get a heart a later

BACK TO BACK CHAMPS

I cannot wait for Godfrey to comment that guy finishes me I only read your comments fellow bhakaniya
deBuc
posted: 05:18 pm
They call him names. They call him all sort of nasty things. We call him King Bennie!
Anonymous
posted: 05:18 pm
Ga go nna jaana o fetsa hela ka gore, go weditswe.

I am not going 2 ask where are the ChiefSwallowDowns fans.

Re ja joy.
Anonymous
posted: 05:19 pm
@Sweyts,,,,,thnx mr used to be Tsipa n all the the haters for u hatred which saw us pull this one thru.

To all the champs in the forum thanx a milion times champs.

Tsipa tse ntsho Tsipaaaaa

Ichuuuuu ichuuuu
Jethro 85
posted: 05:19 pm
Ha ke tsebe nka nketsang, namhlanje, the Sea Robbers are it again, Mashego must swallow his pride nd admit tht Pirates is untouchable.....shapa Bakhaniya Shapaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, hela jalo......................
Mlaka
posted: 05:19 pm
Once a Pirates always the champs. Undisputed.
Treble again and again and again...
Anonymous
posted: 05:20 pm
I just conclude by saying dankie 1s, dankie 2s, dankie 3s, BENNIE McCARTHY.

Which dog or zebra or Choker still has a doubt about u?
Nipsy
posted: 05:22 pm
Congrats to Orlando COWS, I have to be honest that Orphans are a team with motivated bunch of COWS and they show character and deserves to win.

It is not good that my fellow Khosis: Tzozo and All PSL will now they will remain in their hiding areas for some time now since Orphans won another Freeble today. Guys feel free to come out of your hiding areas and say whatever you want on this forum, the history of SA soccer did not start the past two seasons when orlando COWS won FREEBLES.
Anonymous
posted: 05:22 pm
Once a Treble always a Treble.
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