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02/04/2011 20:15

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Orlando Pirates beat United FC in Nedbank Cup

Posted: 2 April 2011 Time: 22:14

Orlando Pirates were not overly stretched as they strode through to a 3-1 win over United FC in a Nedbank Cup last 16 match at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium on Saturday night.

The Soweto giants were for the most part just too good for their first division opponents, though credit should be given to United for a fighting display which saw the likes of Thembile Kanono and keeper Nkosana Maseko standing out.

The first half was action-packed, with goal-mouth action a regular occurrence.

Unfortunately though for the NFD side, most of the goal-box incidents happened in their own penalty area as Pirates asserted their dominance from the opening whistle and were indeed on top for almost the entire stanza.

The visitors took the lead after 10 minutes when Lungisani Ndlela had the misfortune of heading the ball in to his own net following a corner kick.

The second goal was scored in the 28th minute as Oupa Manyisa hammered in an unstoppable 30-yarder after United keeper Nkosana Maseko had punched clear from a cross.

In fact, had the Buccaneers been more clinical in front of goal, they could have taken a four or five goal lead into the break.”

Malawian striker Chiukepo Msowoya missed two chances, as did Thulasizwe Mbuyane.

Tlou Segolela was also a big threat to the United defence and came close early on in the game when he forced Maseko to tip his rasping drive over the bar, and also nearly curled in a shot just before the break.

The home side’s only real chance came 10 minutes before the turn-around when one-time Bucs midfielder Kanono hammered in a low 20-yard drive in the 34th minute which kept Senzo Meyiwa honest.

Pirates had the first chance of the second half, but Shobela Leseba did well to get back and clear Mbuyane’s 50th minute effort off the line.

Keen to make an impression off the bench, former Kaizer Chiefs attacker Junior Khanye did exactly that when he changed the complexion of the game in the 58th minute by applying great technique to fire home a back post volley.

The goal took the sting out of the Sea Robbers and saw the home team playing with a renewed sense of confidence, and had Ndlela succeeded with a half chance in the 70th minute, it could have been a very different ball game.

This proved to be costly: five minutes later Dikgang Mabalane gave Bucs an important two goal cushion when he did well to bring down Segolela’s through ball before finishing coolly with a low angled drive.

Pirates could perhaps have added a fourth goal in the closing minutes, but Maseko made a couple of decent saves, while there were also a couple of wasted chances by the top flight outfit.

United (4-4-2): Maseko; Matuka, Sekete, Nxele, Kibe (Khanye 39’); Moeletsi, De Wee (Mafoka 59’); Rapulane, Kanono; Masotho, Ndlela

Pirates (4-4-2): Meyiwa, Johannes, Lekgwathi, Cloete, Mabalane, Jali, Manyisa, Segolela (Mayambela 81’); Mbuyane (Malokase 74’), Msowoya (Ndlula 85’)

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:19 am
w knew dat w wl beat dese infants dey were in their mothers back de tim chips owner bribe referies, shaaaaaaaapa mabhakabhaka,
posted: 06:33 am
I am not surprised. The only people who are surprised are the followers of United FC from cabbage farm because according to them United FC was going to wallop us. How pathetic...anyway Wits is waiting while we proceed comfortably to the next round.
posted: 06:44 am
Eish maar 'Ace' Manyisa bathooooooooooooooonnnnnggggggg.
posted: 07:23 am
hope makhosikazi learn from bucs how to beat the minors. Well done mabacaneers
posted: 07:30 am
dear mabacaneers! We r through 2 da qter finals, lets now focus to our next league game against swallows. Lets hold our hands 2gether n support da boys. We still stand a better chance 2 win da league. Lets go out in numbers n support da team dis wednesday
posted: 07:37 am
we r back.

Bloemfontein was so beatiful in the stand ka ma pjatla.

Once n Always
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 07:38 am
I m nt happy at al,wen r sum of our playas getin game time under Krol?The match yestaday ws a platform 4 guys like Mayambela n Ndulula 2 hv mo game time coz we wer gona win anyways bt Krol ws predictable even against a Mvela team.If Mabalane cn jus cruise into statin lineup while Mayambela continues 2 warm da bench.Bucs dnt hv attack mentality n we simply scored coz mere supriority n poor defendin frm United.
posted: 07:52 am
Up de bucs! I agree with u Mriyo, is a high time mayambela be on a starting line up. He has potential, he always change de complex of de game. Krol is so predictable he makes me angry sometimes. De way he does he's gonna cost us just wait n c.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 07:58 am
i hop SS cameramen got laid since dey focused on thier targets da whole game.must say da women wer beautiful n i undstnd the cameramen's actions
posted: 08:02 am
Well done to Bucs, though I thought Krool shld hv given Ndulula & Mayambela a chance in the starting line up. We were playng a 2nd division side for that matter, this was a time to test if this players are capable carring the team for 90mins.
posted: 08:05 am
Spot on Mriyo,,,nna i have had enuf of jwale,,,anyway how true is the rumour liking Hristo to the mighty bhakaniya for next season

I cant wait to have some1 like tht,,,,,,
posted: 08:07 am
Shapa bhakabhaka shapa
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 08:12 am
Songezo Mabece is realy gud n i think he shud win this goalmouth,as 4 Tshepo Thobane,his only disadvantage is story tellin n deviating frm wats hapening on da pitch bt he s quite gud as well.Bafana Mosman is terrible wit his pauses n wonder hw he made it this far.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 08:17 am
@ Motlokoa

I think it ws jus n April fools joke,i dnt c Histro cumin back here as he s too arrogant.I dnt tink its gud 2 go 4 a foregn coach bt lets giv Rosleey a chance guys.
posted: 08:24 am
U knw krool cn frustrate u @ times he took time to subtitude even wt a small team like United, I agree wt Bafe2 he wl realy cost us oneday. Nw we go to the Swallows game without a left back, Cloete is suspnded n I bet he wl ply Legwathi in that position n Nomvete wl target him.
posted: 08:51 am
@Mriyo am more worried as i have always been with Mr Kruel but my feelow bucs fans cooled me down but his decisions can frustrate the hell out of many at times,,,,,,,

I have completely forgoten about Craig n i wonder if he is not infected by the Virus frm ???? u knw man
posted: 08:54 am
Krol is realy stupid...why cnt he give Mayambela some game tym...i jst hope he dsnt leave at the end of the season cos i stil blv he is a gud playr...Krol must leave us in peace
posted: 09:03 am
I loved da fodafone logo on da white jersey. I can't wait to c hw it looks on da black jersey...

The team was hand Cloete a fine & any ada playa who gets an unnecessary booking.

Cloete got bookes for remonstrating when he knew very well dat he's sitting on two yellow cards. He's aprofessional player & has been arnd 4 a long tym too, he shd knw beta dan dat...

We can't afford to hv players behaving lyk dt if we r to win to the two remaining pieces of silverware, let alone the league...
posted: 09:13 am
As 4 Krol, enuf said. Sumtyms he makes u jst wanna strangle him...

Msowoya yena did da same thing when we played a goalless draw against Amazulu early in da season, he kept missing sitters. U cnt mic in da six yard area everytym as a striker. He's even worse with aerial balls. Ndulula shd hv bin introduces early in da second half...
posted: 09:18 am
Lol... I wrote Msowoya is worse wt aerial ball.s & @Kickoff flagged it as vulgar & replaced it with asteriks... Lolest...
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