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Sundowns through in Nedbank Cup

Posted: 9 May 2010 Time: 17:08

Mamelodi Sundowns beat Orlando Pirates 3-1 in the Nedbank Cup quarter-final on Sunday.

The game ended 1-1 at full-time, and Sundowns scored twice in extra time to take the game.

Isaac Chansa opened the scoring for Bucs with a penalty in the 8th minute.

Downs equalised through Koketso Mmotong on 83 minutes, and scored again three minutes into extra time through Lebohang Mokoena. Tso Vilakazi added a third on 115 minutes.

Pirates were down to 10 men after Josephy Kamwendo had received his second yellow card in the second half.

Ruud Krol's side started with a real sense of purpose and energy, which they maintained throughout the first half.

Sundowns coach Trott Moloto did not seem to have got his tactics quite right and his cause was not aided by some lacklustre play by Downs.

And it took Bucs just eight minutes to take the lead when Phenyo Mongala earned a penalty after he drew Esrom Nyandoro into a foul inside the box.

Isaac Chansa did the honours, beating the outstretched hands of Brian Baloyi with a spot kick into the right hand side of the net.

Pirates continued to dominate the game, looking far more hungry and they were close to a second when Mongala’s shot was deflected towards Mabena, but Baloyi made a brave save.

Mabena then missed a great chance when he was picked out by Mongala’s cross, his indecisiveness proving costly.

Sundowns had to wait until first half injury time for their first real chance, which saw Matthew Pattison bringing down a through ball expertly but then not having enough purchase on his right-footed shot which was saved by Senzo Meyiwa.

Pirates had two late chances in the half, but Mabena and Thulasizwe Mbuyane were not able to capitalise on a couple of goal-mouth scrambles.

Sundowns were given a lifeline to get back into a game in which they had been second best when Sea Robbers midfielder Joseph Kamwendo received his marching orders for second yellow card after 51 minutes.

This proved to be a pivotal moment as the complexion of the game changed dramatically after that.

Now it was the Brazilians who were on the front foot, pushing forward in wave after wave of attacks.

Bucs though did well to protect Meyiwa, but with the pressure remaining consistent from Sundowns, something had to give.

The breakthrough for the Tshwane side came in the 78th minute when Mmotong was left unmarked at the back post to slot home a straightforward first time shot.

Pirates though still had fight in them and it was the Soweto side who enjoyed the better of the chances in the remainder of regulation time as Dikgang Mabalane went close and Chansa had an 86th minute effort saved by Baloyi.

Sundowns appeared to be running out of steam towards the end of the 90 minutes, and the sides looked evenly matched.

But the Brazilians took the lead with a goal out of nothing when Mmotong’s snap shot struck the post, allowing Lebo Mokoena to slot home into an empty net from six yards out.

Pirates had to wait until the second period of extra time for the opportunity to level the game, but Chansa shot weakly while Mabalane’s cross glanced the bar.

But with Bucs throwing everything forward, gaps opened up at the back and Benedict Vilakazi added a third goal five minutes from time.

Previous comments on this story...

Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 06:19 pm
Much as I'm happy that Pie-city were thrashed I will be happier to see Sunclowns kniocked out in the semis. It is just that I hate Piecity more than I hate Sunclowns.
posted: 06:20 pm
DR,CHAIRMAN,COLONEL SONONO,Lost his power.Even Vilakazi and Cheeseboy are no longer afraid of him.
posted: 06:36 pm
i doubt if there s any inyanga or pysocologist who cn help Pirates win anythng. I thnk ths nw shud b a Fact, PIRATES ARE NATURAL BORN LOSERS
posted: 06:47 pm
I give up!!!
posted: 06:54 pm
how can a train be in a race with a quantum? i can let the train go coz i know that i will double and even triplle the distance it travelled, even if i use half of its time. shapa boyellow ba stayela shapa. the pie-rates are decreasing.
posted: 06:59 pm
pirates wl nver wn a cup again, until bayeke lamathambo bathakatha ngawo. ha ha ha ha.
posted: 07:13 pm
Wel done trot. Pie-lerete what's u wrong with u? Sis. Why did u change ur game plan?
posted: 07:26 pm
psl fraudulent: i hev forms you're still allowed to floor cross instead of swearing boet. I know you guys are still on special ' leave'. Kabo yellow. What game are u talking abt?
posted: 07:41 pm
Ticket to Orlando Pirates game: R40
Orlando Pirates Jersey: R350
The look on Orlando Pirates fans as their 'old boys' dumped them out the Nedbank Cup: PRICELESS!!
posted: 07:48 pm
Manya all of you.Pirates lost bcause the refree was biased. Khoza pls fire the coach and fire urself cause you are failing the mighty ghosts
posted: 08:00 pm
Nkamodira.i wil never suport a team which doesn't win trophies & spending millions on useless players.
posted: 08:04 pm
Though we won against SononoFC, i still think we were tectically inferior. Looking at the ball position we had in the 1st half and the number of scoring chances or lack thereof, you could tell that Krol is a step or 2 ahead of Trott, the quality of players in our team is what turned it for us. Maybe i'm too critical of Trott, bt thats how i saw it. The cup is for us to loose now!
posted: 08:06 pm
Kanyesa=R100000000 cale=R6 000 000
netbank cup=60000000 . Netbank cup=cale of which tey r not goin 2 win.
Tshwane Derby
posted: 08:12 pm
Hi hi hi Sonono FC never disappoints,they are so consistant when comin to early cup exit. Some1 once said until Pie-rats players are given Allegex they will never win any trophy, hi hi hi hi hi
posted: 08:18 pm
Ag bucs again,Krol must go.
posted: 08:24 pm
@thembile, i think there is some1 who's fucking ur mum or girlfrnd @kc. U cnt just leav kc in ur cmnts
posted: 08:27 pm
I have always see Krol as a weak link in the bucs ship,the man is so bad tactically,how can he immediately resort to defending after red card,sundowns was very ordinary until this coward change the approch and then they took from there.if Pirates can't part ways with him now,I will never watch it again.two seasons and he won nothing.its a disgrace!
posted: 08:28 pm
@thembile, i think ther is sum1 who's f.u.c.king ur mum or ur girlfrnd @kc.
posted: 09:03 pm
@ wonder. 100% with u there. Trott is clueless! He seems devoid of ideas. The season is not over but i'm already missing the enterprising play under Stoichkov. Y leave Xulu & Mmotong on the bench? Krol gave it to us on the platter immidiately after the sending off.
posted: 09:23 pm
Hala downs congratulation!!..for your victory against bucks.Moments of thrillness is behind downs and wanders.
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