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Posted: 8 October 2013 Time: 19:12

Orlando Pirates set up a Telkom Knockout quarter-final date with Golden Arrows after beating Mpumalanga Black Aces 3-1 on Tuesday night.

In a riveting tie, Lennox Bacela bagged a brace, to go with a strike from Oupa Manyisa, while Mabhuti Khenyeza netted for Aces at Mbombela Stadium.

The hosts showed early signs that they came into the game ready to show their stuff, but a quick one-two counter attack between Manyisa and Daine Klate saw Bucs threaten with just two minutes on the clock.

Khenyeza responded with two threatening plays minutes later when he nearly turned in his header off a corner-kick at the near post, before firing a bullet from range which skipped wide of Senzo Meyiwa’s goal.

It was end-to-end stuff on the park and both the teams continued to prove dangerous on the break with some exciting goalmouth action unraveling in a matter of just three minutes.

In the 14th minute Bacela tested Bafana Nhlapo with a powerful low drive which the goalkeeper did well to push out for a corner, before Thabo Qalinge nearly stole the match-opener with his ferocious shot which rattled the crossbar just a minute later.

At the other end of the park, Nhlapo pulled off another miraculous save to deny Klate at the near post, when he did well to twist his body and curl the ball off the line.

Then in the 24th minute Khenyeza beat Siyabonga Sangweni for the ball before rushing into the box and towards goal.

The striker was, however, stopped in his tracks as Thabo Matlaba made a crucial interception to snatch the ball at his feet. 

Unfortunately for Sangweni he had to be stretchered off and replaced by Ayanda Gcaba for what was later confirmed as a snapped Achilles tendon. 

The injury didn’t seem to affect Pirates as they soon opened their account on the stroke of the half hour. Bacela turned the ball into the back of the net with a glancing header at the near post thanks to Happy Jele’s brilliantly worked cross near the corner flag, 1-0.

Klate, who scored off a set piece in the first-leg of the MTN8 semi-final against Kaizer Chiefs, nearly made it 2-0 with a stunning free-kick which whiskered just wide of the far post.

Eduardo Ferreira was the next player to be substituted through injury as he was replaced by Thabang Rooi with just four minutes to go to the break. 

But that wasn’t the last action of the half as Khenyeza had the last laugh when he tapped home Qalinge’s cross in the fourth minute of extra time to head into the break at 1-1. 

At the restart, Bucs started their dominance early and Matlaba really should have scored Pirates’ second goal when he beat his man in the 58th minute before directing his effort disappointingly wide with an open target at his mercy.

Roger de Sa’s men continued to push for the advantage when Tlou Segolela was denied by the woodwork in the 68th minute with his volley at the near post.

Aces did well to absorb the pressure, but as the game looked destined for extra time, Klate supplied a ball to Bacela in the box and he made no error in drilling in a low shot to make it 2-1 with five minutes to play.

Manyisa put the final nail in the coffin when he calmly beat Nhlapo with literally the final touch of the game when he found a good angle to hit a hard and low shot into the back of the net in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Livefyre comments on this story...

charmlingo
posted: 2013-10-08 17:21:32

Easy win for Aces

Lefa khosi
posted: 2013-10-08 17:24:14

I gonna hav 2 agree with my fellow khosi fans, pie-rats fans don't attend games,we knw they are few bt 3600 tickets(including complimentary) sold,its a disgrace!

Sakie Mochabisi
posted: 2013-10-08 17:24:30

Obvious win for Pirates against MPSR(mpumalanga pirates and sundowns rejects).

Fumigator {#Komphela Is A Spaza Shop Coach}
posted: 2013-10-08 17:49:35

Has anyone noticed that pirates has fielded 10 players and thus are without a striker. tltltltl.

New age blogger
posted: 2013-10-08 17:57:24

I like Aces they dnt play this Park a bus shit like most teams 

Bucs4eva Phindamzala
posted: 2013-10-08 18:00:50

Its yesterday when I was commenting about Lekgwati issue... now Sangweni is injured! We are forced to play Qhaba (N1 Free Way)! Other stupid supporters were saying Lekgwathi must retire...

Bucs4eva Phindamzala
posted: 2013-10-08 18:01:48

We are 1 nil up.... I said Bacela is gonna score today and he just did

Bucs4eva Phindamzala
posted: 2013-10-08 18:03:00

You gonna eat a humble pie as usual. We r winning

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-10-08 18:12:44

Committed performance so far...especially matlaba

ssekole
posted: 2013-10-08 18:15:00

what's the score now and who scored

Liqhame
posted: 2013-10-08 18:17:30

Klate and Manyisa should have been rested. They have be playing week in week out.


Don't we have a better backup defender than Gcaba


SencoPation
posted: 2013-10-08 18:20:54

Lefa khosi ...I have just got home, tuned on the channel and turned on to my kickoff online. But my question is - is Botha (the number 1 football supporter) at the stadium? or besides being shown on camera, do you think he is at the stadium? - my point is, I am a pirate, & attend all pirates home games and the away ones that are around jozi (if playing during the week). If this game was playing during weekend, I together with other pirates from around all provinces would have attended. Even Chiefs, would not have sold out the tickets playing this important game on Tuesday evening.

Liqhame
posted: 2013-10-08 18:20:57

This Gcaba is useless, why was he not closing down the man. We need Legwwati back.

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-10-08 18:22:05

Gcaba is not all that bad but not. At the same level as Rooi, Lucky. Or Siya......

And he has costly mistakes

Liqhame
posted: 2013-10-08 18:23:31

Bongz at Bucs 

and his mistake alwayz cost us the game. This Gcaba guy is useless.

SencoPation
posted: 2013-10-08 18:24:16

ssekole ... 1 all. khanyeza cancelled out bacela's opener. it's half time now.

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-10-08 18:25:42

Eish yha this guy.....he is second in charge after Mabena

Fashion4
posted: 2013-10-08 18:25:53

click, click bang...Kenyeza. Uyezu...moya.

Phillip Nevhenya
posted: 2013-10-08 18:29:22

Bacela 1-1 Mabhuti

Liqhame
posted: 2013-10-08 18:31:21

This Gcaba is as useless as Mabena. Maybe we should convert Mabena to a defender and Gcaba to a striker

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