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Nedbank Cup Final match report: Orlando Pirates 3-1 Bidvest Wits

Posted: 17 May 2014 Time: 14:02

Kermit Erasmus struck twice as Orlando Pirates claimed Nedbank Cup honours with a 3-1 win over Bidvest Wits in Durban on Saturday afternoon.

In a combative final, Wits scored first through Jabulani Shongwe, but Bucs hit back after the interval via efforts from Man of the Match Erasmus and ex-Students ace Sifiso Myeni at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The Buccaneers were under heavy pressure to deliver after stumbling at the last hurdle of the CAF Champions League, the Telkom Knockout and MTN8 earlier in the campaign.

Vladimir Vermezovic's charges started the tie brightly, as Erasmus's shot in the box nearly snuck under goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs as early as the opening minute.

Soon after, Pirates had a decent penalty shout rejected by referee Zolile Mthetho amid claims S'boniso Gumede handled in the area during a goal-mouth scramble.

The Clever Boys, though, drew first blood in the 26th minute, as Shongwe thundered the ball into the roof of the net from close range following good work from Sthembiso Ngcobo.

Gavin Hunt's men finished the stanza promisingly, although they lost the services of Calvin Kadi just before the recess as he damaged his knee when making a tackle on Happy Jele.

Wits threatened early into the second period, as Ngcobo's ferocious free-kick from range, following a foul by Thandani Ntshumayelo on Sibusiso Vilakazi, was unconvincingly kept out by Senzo Meyiwa.

The Sea Robbers, however, drew level in the 52nd minute, as Erasmus converted Oupa Manyisa's cut-back from the right with the help of a deflection from 14 yards.

At the other end, Meyiwa did well to foil a Ngcobo flick-on following a long throw-in by Phumlani Ntshangase.

Pirates then took the lead in the 63rd minute, as Myeni poked the ball home from a few yards out, with Manyisa once again providing the assist.

Erasmus made it 3-1, and effectively ended the contest, in the 72nd minute with a clinical strike in the box.

Wits, to their credit, nearly reduced the deficit in optional time, but Meyiwa made a brilliant stop to deny a bullet header from substitute Ryan Chapman.

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-05-17 12:15:36

Forward phambili Buccaneers...This is Our Cup.


The General Soccer Dude
posted: 2014-05-17 12:24:54

Strong line-up for Bucs. I wish my team good luck. 

Go guys!!! This was belongs to us.

Up the Bucs. Since 1937

K53 Rhino
posted: 2014-05-17 12:25:48

Orlando Pirates wont win nothing with the useless Players they got in their Camp. Kuzanyiwa Namhlanje eOrlando NOMAKANJANI. Love & Peace. 

Kholo the soccer guru
posted: 2014-05-17 12:30:23

I guess chiefs retained league championship with their star players, bafana ba chiefs or shud I say bunch of winners?

posted: 2014-05-17 12:31:20

My heart n head wants it...let me wish myeni a gud game...wander if des somthing wrong wit gautrain...wish vv bring in mabena..de boy is grilled in de bucs frame...its time he perfect himself n prove his worth...goodluck bakashushu...!

posted: 2014-05-17 12:34:22

Let's go REeeeeeeeeed more red more fire!!!!

posted: 2014-05-17 12:40:43

Wits cannot beat Chiefs and fail to beat an average Pierats....

posted: 2014-05-17 12:42:24

to all zebras keep MINYING,pirates will win.nina nizofunama i macufe

posted: 2014-05-17 12:45:05


posted: 2014-05-17 12:45:17

My boys will fight till the end.

posted: 2014-05-17 12:51:03

msxl86  Which boys are those? Be specific.

posted: 2014-05-17 12:51:50

Thyninho  Didn't Wits beat Chiefs in the semi? Or did I dream it?

K53 Rhino
posted: 2014-05-17 12:54:34

As Long As Orlando Pirates is Wearing the Red Kit, The Sea Robbers wont win this Cup. Kuzanyiwa eOrlando This Season. Love & Peace. 

posted: 2014-05-17 12:54:36

Congratulations to Wits for wining Nedbank cup

posted: 2014-05-17 12:54:44

Rats always say amacufe which thy dnt even hv it shame hahaha as if thy hv something than amacufe to show!

posted: 2014-05-17 12:54:45

We r going 2 win dis without any obstacles. We r Orlando Pirates not Chips

posted: 2014-05-17 12:56:57

I get you...I'm a Bakania.

posted: 2014-05-17 12:58:13

K53 Rhino  They cocked it up in the black kit in their last 3 finals. Waiting for the tracksuits to come off...

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-05-17 12:58:28

We must stop singing national anthems for PSL related games....how is Bhasera suppose to sing it....

UEFA created a song for its games

National anthem is for National Team

posted: 2014-05-17 12:59:15

What I'm saying is that Wits will beat Pierats idiot....

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