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Platinum Stars beat Orlando Pirates to the 2013 Telkom Knockout

Posted: 7 December 2013 Time: 19:20

Super-sub Mogakolodi Ngele was the hero for Platinum Stars, as they came back from behind to beat Orlando Pirates to the Telkom Knockout trophy and a cup double!

Gallery: Dikwena do the double over Bucs

The loss is Pirates' third in cup finals this season, and their second to Dikwena, who beat the Buccaneers to the MTN8 earlier in the campaign.

Robert Ng’ambi had an early shot on target, bringing the ball down nicely in the area after being set up by Henrico Botes, but the Malawian popped his shot just over the bar.

Platinum Stars had the edge over Pirates in the first half, but failed to convert their chances – although each side had just two shots on target in the first 45.

Solomon Mathe had a great chance on 15 minutes, after an enterprising run up the left by Luvolwethu Mpeta, who stole the ball off Tlou Segolela up the field, but the Dikwena midfielder fluffed his shot.

Soon after Pirates got in on the action, after Happy Jele made a run and got the ball through to Sifiso Myeni, but he could not get on the end of it under pressure from Vuyo Mere, who kicked the ball away.

Tempers flared early on and the game started to become a very scrappy affair, but Pirates took control with a goal on 29 minutes.

Lucky Lekgwathi ran in from deep and arrived first to head home from Daine Klate’s cross to put Bucs ahead. There were questions raised about the Bucs skipper being offside, but replays suggest he was on, by a hair, even though the other Pirates players in the frontline were offside.

Senzo Meyiwa had an awkward fall on 38 minutes, after punching the ball away under pressure and colliding with Jele. The keeper hit his head against Ng’ambi on the way down and landed on his neck, but was up his feet after some brief treatment.

Lennox Bacela, who was quiet in the first 45, tried his luck with a half-hearted overhead kick just before half-time, but his effort went wide.

With 45 seconds to go before half-time, Myeni earned a free-kick after he was brought down by Tshepo Gumede on the edge of the area. Klate stepped up to take the kick, and got the ball over the wall, but pulled it slightly wide.

Siyabonga Mpontshane kept Stars in the game after the restart, making an excellent reflex save to prevent an own-goal after a low cross from Klate.

Myeni then came close, after dribbling into the area, but Benson Mhlongo got a block on his shot.

On the hour mark Pirates went on a quick counter-attack, with Myeni racing up the wing, but he slipped and fell as he reached the area and was unable to get the ball to a well-placed Klate.

On 62 minutes Khethowakhe Masuku was brough on for Segolela, and a few minutes later sent in a great ball through to the box, after Klate’s free-kick, but neither Myeni or Mahamutsa could get a touch on it.

Roger de Sa then brought on Collins Mbesuma for Bacela on 70 minutes, and the burly Zambian had a half-chance on goal with his first touch, after getting into a promising position in the box.

And a few minutes later Mbesuma sneaked in at the back post, but Mpontshane put the ball out for a corner-kick.

Platinum Stars brought themselves back in the game on 78 minutes, when after some neat passing play in the area, substitute Ngele managed to hold off Mahamutsa to finish from a tight angle, despite being under pressure from Meyiwa.

Ngele then put Dikwena in front for the first time in the match, after some fantastic work from Mbatha, who held off his marker to cut-back for Ngele, and he placed his shot into the top corner, giving Meyiwa no chance.

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HOME: Platinum Stars

Coach: Allan Freese
Formation: four three three

AWAY: Orlando Pirates

Coach: Roger de Sa
Formation: four two three one

Livefyre comments on this story...

Fashion4
posted: 2013-12-07 17:42:12

ayeye. may the best team win.

fortune_ COWloba
posted: 2013-12-07 17:44:08

UP THE BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Deezle
posted: 2013-12-07 17:51:53

If rats loose today cowtune cowloba will hang himself

bucs4PG
posted: 2013-12-07 17:54:04

Nd if they win than wena ul b hanging urself

bucs4PG
posted: 2013-12-07 17:54:55

Amachimpazee awarelaxe telkom is in d bag no matter what

Deezle
posted: 2013-12-07 17:57:40

Lol...me don't care who win or lose..I won't even waste my time watching the game,I will know by smell gore rat is dead or not

bucs4PG
posted: 2013-12-07 17:58:59

This 1 is dedicated 2 Madibahp d zoo wl play soon so dt theyl dedicate their game 2 baby jake matlala cz they've got morgan nkomo there who's also a part time boxer

bucs4PG
posted: 2013-12-07 18:00:13

Haha u r definately a hurting chimpazee

Membaks
posted: 2013-12-07 18:03:08

Good line up. Captain Mkhuluwa will lift this trophy and the humble pie will be abused by the prophets of doom wearing black and gold G strings

chauke6
posted: 2013-12-07 18:05:19

Telkom knockout in the bag, homes

Deezle
posted: 2013-12-07 18:10:16

Lol...me zebra and proud and u should be a proud rat too

TikaTeka - 007
posted: 2013-12-07 18:10:29

NEVER NEVER and NEVER again shall it be that this Platinum stars beats us in the Final.


Black is Back. Once & Always
bucs4PG
posted: 2013-12-07 18:15:16

I fl pity 4 u chimpazee cz 2nite u won't hv a gud nyte

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-12-07 18:18:45

Good first 11 coach....Zebras just watch and learn....

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2013-12-07 18:21:11

Easy win for Platinum Stars: 2-0.

Biggymann
posted: 2013-12-07 18:22:40

By the way was'nt Madiba's number 1 sport boxing? Anyway let me teach you something, we don't mourn for 1 person then ignore the other as K4L supporters. We shall mourn for your team as well after the final whistle. RIP to Madiba and Baby Jake.

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-12-07 18:24:26

Myeni n Tlou have just became very lazy lately.....

Liqhame
posted: 2013-12-07 18:29:36

Bloody Platinum starts, they have energy and I must say they are playing good football, but I think bucs will take this one.

Three 3
posted: 2013-12-07 18:32:42

Platinum are playing with confidence because they are seeing from BUCS what they expected

but then again their confidence will get them punished

Sgelekeqe
posted: 2013-12-07 18:36:22

TikaTeka I thought you guys dont give a damn about these plastic cups.

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