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Orlando Pirates beat Moroka Swallows in the Telkom Knockout Cup

Posted: 5 November 2011 Time: 22:25

Orlando Pirates beat Moroka Swallows 2-1 in a Telkom Knockout Cup quarter-final thanks to a brace from Benni McCarthy on Saturday night.

After scoring the game’s opening goal, Luvhengo Mungomeni made a horrible mistake in defence which allowed Pirates to steal the ball and consequently score the match’s winning goal.

Still, take nothing away from Man of the Match, Benni McCarthy, who scored a brace on the night, including one of the goals of the season, to take the Buccaneers to the semifinals of the Telkom KnockOout.

The first 45 minutes saw Pirates with more ball possession, but unable to really create any decent opportunities on goal. Instead, the better chances of the half fell to the Dube Birds despite them seeing very little of the ball.

Pirates first scare in defence came in the 11th minute when Siyabonga Nomvete slipped a beautifully through-ball for Lerato Chabangu to run onto and with only Moeneeb Josephs to beat. Luckily for Pirates, the striker’s first touch was a poor one and it allowed the keeper to smother him and steal the ball.

Pirates’ best chance of the half came six minutes later when Isaac Chansa drove into the box on a good run, but he saw his six-yard shot superbly saved by Greg Etafia.

In the 18th minute, however, Nomvete should really have given the home side the lead when he snuck in front of Josephs at the front post to meet a Joseph Makhanya right wing cross, but the striker headed wide from four yards out.

In the 38th minute Swallows had another great chance to score when Luvhengo Mungomeni squandered a great chance from ten yards out. After making his way into the box and with only the keeper to beat, the defender fired well wide under no pressure.

The second 45 saw Pirates start the half a little flustered and Swallows made them pay when it appeared Mungomeni made up for his first half miss with the Bird’s opening goal.

After Pirates failed to convincingly clear a corner-kick in the 66th minute, Nomvete latched onto the lose bal on the left side of the box and drove a low cross across the face of goal which Mungomeni side-footed home from a couple yards out, 1-0.

After going behind Pirates quickly fought back and equalized in the 73rdminute when McCarthy scored one of the goals of the season. The veteran striker drove a thunderbolt 35-yard free-kick into the top right-hand corner, giving the keeper no chance, 1-1.

Six minutes later and McCarthy become the hero for Pirates on the night when Mungomeni become the villain of the match for the Birds.

The Swallows defender tried to dribble out of defence and lost the ball after being tackled by Oupa Manyisa. The midfielder then played a square pass from the right to an unmarked McCarthy inside the 18-yard area and with only the keeper to beat the striker made no mistake slipping the ball past a stranded Etafia, 2-1.

Sadly that is how the match ended for Swallows as they failed to create any other chances on goal. For Pirates, they will sing McCarthy’s praises and probably Mungomeni’s as the Buccaneers moved into the semifinals of the Cup competition.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:43 pm
in da 18 area ! Khakalashaaa!!! What a goal from beny. Well done boys,
Anonymous
posted: 10:44 pm
Benni in the 18 area.that's the quality of Bucs.
Anonymous
posted: 10:44 pm
Benni out of da 18 area n Benny in 18 area
Anonymous
posted: 10:44 pm
Wel done boys.we wil alwayz behind u
Anonymous
posted: 10:46 pm
Up the Bennie! who said what? that man has footbal in his legs. Up the HAPPY people. Hard lucj maswai-swai, it's Bucs cycle...
Anonymous
posted: 10:46 pm
What is taking u soo long kickoff? Now i agree!
Anonymous
posted: 10:49 pm
i respect beny big time. Da man is a class n u cant compare him with any striker in da psl. He's 100 times beter dan our neigbour striker by da name cow parker. A nyile makhosikazi! Lets eat joy mabacaneer. Bucs for life until boby submit his cv...
Anonymous
posted: 10:49 pm
Verdict: FOOTBALL 101 WAS MASTERED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ORLANDO.
Anonymous
posted: 10:50 pm
Well done my boys, i like it whn u r doing it like this. Up the bucs
Anonymous
posted: 10:50 pm
Bucs on Cruise Control is all am gonna say...

Who's next to be pulverized??? Any takers???

X ongasolveki...
Anonymous
posted: 10:50 pm
whr r all the catle tht wer wrtng beni off... nip....les aka nipson, sputladinho, alll psl panties.... shapa beni shapaaaa. up the bucs untill morons are exposed at chiefs
chronic2001
posted: 10:51 pm
its about time,i saw zebra fans doing their thing(dancing)
benny,what a waste of money hahahaha

up the bucs

chronic2001 gabs,botswana
TMG 2009
posted: 10:51 pm
Indeed "Class is permanent and form is temporary" wow the is a living legend, not at his best fitness level wise but very dangerous than most of useless young players in PSL, PARKER please give Bennie a call and just ask him how he does that cos you are not helping our beloved Family Business FC at all instead you just costing us games!!!great game of football. The ref was a bit inconsistent should have been bold and showed Sisse a red for that unsporting behaviour other than that it was a great game!!! Woooooowwwwwwww
chronic2001
posted: 10:52 pm
aggrey : 2011-11-05 22:44

boss have you worked in botswana if so i think you know me

chronic2001 gabs,botswana
Anonymous
posted: 10:53 pm
kuzoba nje kube nje uma sithandaza, ingoma le engikhule iculwa ezion.
Anonymous
posted: 10:54 pm
kick-off is very slow,thats y i joined Laduma. The whole day the were no updates while Laduma was very active.
Anonymous
posted: 10:55 pm
No match 4 Bennie. He defends, scores ,holds the ball and make accurate passes. Where is other Bennie in SA?
Anonymous
posted: 10:55 pm
FOOTBALL 101 was MUSTUR*BATED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF AWOLando.
Anonymous
posted: 10:56 pm
I like this: "Up da Bucs until Bobby submits his cv"...

U gotta love Tse Ntsho supporters...

Tsipa!...
isigantsontso
posted: 10:57 pm
I was in the right place at the right time and I DONT MAKE MISTAKES - Benni McCarthy enough said haters go to bed
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