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Orlando Pirates beat Golden Arrows in the Telkom Knockout Cup semis

Posted: 26 November 2011 Time: 22:09

Orlando Pirates beat Golden Arrows 3-1 in the Telkom Knockout Cup semi-final played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.

Abafana Bes’thende seemed on course to upset the Soweto giants when they surged ahead through Robyn Johannes, but goals from Siyabonga Sangweni, Thulasizwe Mbuyane and Oupa Manyisa guided the Buccaneers into their second successive final in this competition and a fifth Cup Final within the last season and a half. Dillon Sheppard was sent off for Arrows in the second half for a second bookable offence.

After a cagey opening to the game, Pirates almost opened the scoring in the 21st minute. An innocuous-looking long ball from Siyabonga Sangweni saw Benni McCarthy out-jump Musa Bilankulu and power a header onto the crossbar, with goalkeeper Helton Da Rocha well beaten.

Bucs looked the likelier scorers in what was a tightly-contested game, but Arrows surged ahead just past the half hour mark when former Pirates player Robyn Johannes picked up a pass from Dillon Sheppard, burst through the visitors’ backline and beat Moeneeb Josephs with a low shot.

From a former Buccaneer getting on the score sheet, it was soon the turn of a former Arrows defender to level the scores: Siyabonga Sangweni redirected a shot from Rooi Mahamutsa beyond Da Rocha in the 40th minute to leave the game locked at 1-1 heading into the break.

With just under 20 minutes to play, Pirates went into the lead when good pressure from Daine Klate and a mix-up between Mzivukile Tom and Da Rocha allowed substitute Thulasizwe Mbuyane a straightforward chance to put Bucs ahead – he duly guided home a left-footed shot to make it 2-1.

Any hopes Arrows had of sending the game to extra time were snuffed out on 83 minutes when Oupa Manyisa added to Pirates’ advantage by converting a penalty. The spot kick was awarded after Dillon Sheppard fouled Lucky Lekgwathi in the 18-yard area and earned a dismissal for a second bookable offence.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:28 pm
shym to the rest, coz the best won.
Anonymous
posted: 10:28 pm
@lordjerry Football 101 was mastered at the University of Orlando
Anonymous
posted: 10:28 pm
pirates in another cup final yet again.
Anonymous
posted: 10:29 pm
sorry zebra fc!!! We mean business dis time. Mabacaneers lets celebrate our sweet victory until boby resign from family business fc
Anonymous
posted: 10:31 pm
Declared Orlando Pirates fc is officially the ruling party of South African football.football 101 was mastered at the University of Orlando
Anonymous
posted: 10:31 pm
How many finals in a row now? ha bashwe balakaletsi. Dintja tsena dirobala ka pelo tse bohloko vandag!
Anonymous
posted: 10:33 pm
amabucs 4 lyf
Anonymous
posted: 10:35 pm
did we just break anada record? the rest is on pain, they say its no penalty, bayahlanya. five finals in a row. hw many chiefs,? 55555555 sing wit me, 55555 nipson sing 55555 sputlanyo sing, 555555, michael sing, 55555 and all rest fans sing 5555. loool
Anonymous
posted: 10:36 pm
5th Cup final in a row! Mighty Bucs rules da World! Halala Buccaneer halala...! Once & always until I die! Up the Bucs!
Anonymous
posted: 10:37 pm
keep up da good,work Pirates.Zebras fc will celebrate with us when we defend their cup4them.
ONCE N ALWAYS
Tsipaaa fela tsippaaaaa tsentsho tsipa.
Anonymous
posted: 10:38 pm
We chowed Golden Chiefs
Anonymous
posted: 10:39 pm
Yeh yeh yeh Mushin is cup specialist yeh yeh yeh tel me wat happen?JALI N MANYISA ARE D BEST OF THE BEST.bucs yarocka {eish sry i mean BUCS}
Anonymous
posted: 10:40 pm
reja joy rona mabhakabhaka.sithabile asazi abanye baswabile.
ONCE N ALWAYS.
Anonymous
posted: 10:41 pm
Ok ke the score is 2-1 jabulani ke. Amabhakaniya ajabulile. Sash' scathulo sakhahlela amaZebra amabhakaniya ajabulile!!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:41 pm
Dashi ass kisser
Anonymous
posted: 10:43 pm
Sies
Anonymous
posted: 10:43 pm
up the bucks! No5 here we come'.lets 2morrow who is brave enough
Anonymous
posted: 10:44 pm
ha ha ha...Deshi Bhaktawar sound very disappointed, i wonder why!
Anonymous
posted: 10:44 pm
Bucs supporters lets rejoice coz we are in da final again.tjotjotjo Pirates bana yaroka.tsipa fela BUCS
ONCE N ALWAYS.
Anonymous
posted: 10:44 pm
As expected weldone bucs.Question to zebra fans are we still wining on fluke as you always sing?What did your Mbesuma do?If you cant beat them join them.But before joining us leave your zebra attitude.
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