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SuperSport United, Orlando Pirates MTN8 semi-final ends goalless

Posted: 19 August 2012 Time: 16:59

The MTN8 semi-final first leg match between SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates at Peter Mokaba Stadium ended in a goalless draw on Sunday.

SuperSport had Edwin Gyimah sent off just before half-time, while Pirates finished the match with 10 men as Rooi Mahamutsa was sent off at the death.

It is bound to be a heated return game next weekend. Neutrals will hope to see fewer cards and more goals.

The Buccaneers will be disappointed that they were unable to take advantage of having a man's advantage for more than half of the match.

Pirates started the stronger of the two teams and had a penalty appeal turned down in the eighth minute when Benni McCarthy's goal-bound shot was blocked by Bevan Fransman. Replays suggested referee Thabo Nkosi got the decision right.

SuperSport then settled into the game, with their midfield trio of Gyimah, Geroge Maluleka and Moffat Mdluli making life tough for Bucs, although the hosts struggled to create clear scoring chances.

The two best opportunities of the first half went the way of Pirates. On the half hour mark Thulasizwe Mbuyane controlled an Andile Jali cross before getting away a low shot from a tight angle that trickled across the face of goal.

Four minutes later left-back Thabo Matlaba surged into the box with a mazy run before cutting inside to shoot with his right foot, but Fransman again was in the right place to make a crucial block.

Just before the half-time break Matsatsantsa were reduced to 10 men when Gyimah received a straight red card. The midfielder lashed out in retaliation at Manti Moholo after a 50-50 challenge between the two, and was given his marching orders.

Pirates were lucky not to be reduced to 10 men themselves when Jali, already on a yellow card, committed a foul against substitute Franklyn Cale that was worthy of a straight red, never mind a mere second caution, but this time the match officials missed the offence.

On 68 minutes Mpho Makola had a great chance to score his first goal for Pirates after great set-up play by Tlou Segolela and Mbuyane, but he directed his shot straight at Ronwen Williams.

Pirates continued to pile on the pressure in an attempt to take advantage of their numerical advantage, but were unable to force a goal against a determined United defence that allowed them nothing but half-chances in the last quarter of the game.

The match ended in controversy, with Pirates' Rooi Mahamutsa sent off after the final whistle for an idiotic kick on Thabiso Nkoana.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 05:03 pm
Thanx for the man in the middle again making sure rats live to tell lies. When is this thing of refreers with pirates is going to end. Was Jali not supposed to have walked the plank early in the second half ?????too many answers more than questions
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 05:07 pm
what a boring game.......

George Maluleke......enough said

Sifiso Myeni is playing for a wrong team..the coloured crew does not like him..he should have signed for Kaizer Chiefs........

Mbesuma what a waste of a signing.

Pirates abekho labantu........
posted: 05:09 pm
Referee!!! Referee!!Referee!!Referee!!Referee!!Referee!!
Bhaka4life (2 x Treble Champ)
posted: 05:10 pm
Fcuken boring game, our headless coach at it again. What was that long balls strategy all about. Mbuyane, 90 minutes..Nxa.. Mahamusta, stupid..luckily a deserving player will get a chance in the next 2 games.
posted: 05:12 pm
Mudledle an Mahamutsa thy must b brothers......
posted: 05:13 pm
Its clear that the brown envelope was flying in Peter Mokaba, but well done to supersport and my boy Thabiso for keeping their head up against twelve men Pie-rats.

posted: 05:15 pm
Good draw ! ,not very entertaining game .
posted: 05:16 pm
CowMamusta trying to castrate the poor guy there I mean which ball where you aiming?
posted: 05:16 pm
Lets hear from the rats now. El-kaakpoep & champ-marapo, KING?

Comment on your team s' performance just like you do to others.

Rise Khosi Rise
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 05:17 pm
The biggest game is on Wednsday at Soccer City......bazonya laba base Mamelodi.
posted: 05:17 pm
Boring game indeed
posted: 05:17 pm
Boring game indeed
posted: 05:18 pm
mxm pirates coach disapoint hw cn u start a game without sfiso...Moholo i am mpressed i am looking forwad 2 you i blv tht u going to sc ore those long ranged goals...i dnt wat went now in pirates seens when you guyz have the strategy of playing long balls if we go 2 the finals with sundwns for sure we will loose
Bofolla Safety Belt Reja Joy Makhosi
posted: 05:18 pm
Vele abekho la Bantu @Phefeni. Next thing they'll refocus and support Sundoms like they did Amazulu.

Mahamutsa ke vampire finish en klaar. Today was the referee I hope on the return game it won't be intimidations in the tunnel for SSport players.

Galaxy ----> DTC ----> Fokol
posted: 05:19 pm
Rooi "Kung-fu" Mahamutsa wanted to ensure that Thabiso does not take part in the league game on Wednesday but things did not work out.
posted: 05:20 pm
Man thi game was a toture finish and klaar
posted: 05:20 pm
We all know the trebble they talking about is 1.the referee 2. Muti 3. The missing tooth
posted: 05:23 pm
Galaxy of cows
posted: 05:26 pm
ppl use 2sy tlk z cheap,nw i knw why.u had a refry by yo syd stil cld nt beat ssu with dat,hw i wish mahamutsa aka ngubo yenja,cn b disiplnd even further dn red card,wt he did can kill other plys.nw dat u plyd 2a dul draw d mafia mus gt another refry an py more,nxa khosi z rising 4ever*awthandi yin*
posted: 05:27 pm
This is bad for us realy any score draw will c Superspot through, but non the less I trust my team @Orlando will will see this one through.
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