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Orlando Pirates advance to last four in Nedbank Cup

Posted: 25 April 2011 Time: 17:14

Orlando Pirates made the last four of the 2011 Nedbank Cup, beating Free State Stars 1-0 at Orlando Stadium on Monday afternoon.

The Buccaneers played the last 30 minutes of the match with 10 men, as Senzo Meyiwa was sent off, but Happy Jele's goal early in the second half proved to be enough to hand them a victory over Ea Lla Koto.

Pirates join Black Leopards, Mpumalanga Black Aces and Baroka FC in the semi-finals.

Thulasizwe Mbuyane made a return from injury, however Bucs were without left-back Reuben Cloete.

Lucky Lekgwathi filled in on the left, but struggled and committed a few errors.

After a scrappy opening, Pirates came to life around the midway point of the first half.

Francis Chansa and Jele both tried their hand at long-range efforts that were easily saved by Kennedy Mweene, while Chiukepo Msowoya had a penalty appeal turned down by referee Victor Hlungwani.

Stars’ Noah Chivuta came close to breaking the deadlock in the 28th minute with a cheeky chip from long range that carried just over Senzo Meyiwa’s crossbar and brushed the top of the netting.

On 36 minutes Bucs created the best chance of the first half, with a ball over the top sending Thulasizwe Mbuyane free down the left of the penalty area.

But Mbuyane scuffed a low shot wide of the mark when a square pass for Chansa would have been a tap-in.

Just before the break Pirates twice tested Mweene through Msowoya and Mbuyane; the latter effort was a stinging turn-and-volley that forced the Ea Lla Koto goalie into an acrobatic save.

Bucs’ perseverance was rewarded nine minutes after the restart when Jele continued his great form by putting the hosts 1-0 up.

A 54th-minute Dikgang Mabalane corner-kick was cleared straight back to 'Terminator', whose second cross to the near post was glanced home by the unmarked Jele.

Pirates seemed to be in the driving seat, but just past the hour mark Noah Chivuta slipped through on goal and Meyiwa sprinted off his line, tripping him up just outside the penalty area.

Referee Hlungwani had no choice but to show a red card to the keeper, who had denied a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Bucs brought on third-choice goalkeeper Jacob Mokhasi, sacrificing Msowoya up-front.

The new man between the posts made a terrific last-gasp save in the 74th minute, somehow denying Madoda Motha when he looked certain to force the ball over the goal-line from close range.

Stars, with a man’s advantage, dominated possession in the latter stages, though it was Pirates, through the pace of Mabalane and substitute Tlou Segolela, that actually looked the likelier scorers.

Previous comments on this story...

GAME OVA
posted: 06:06 pm
Sho, chances of winning the cup are high. Three teams stand in our way. A vodacom team, a NFD team and the recently relegated PSL team Aces. This one belongs to BUcselona.
L.V.K
posted: 06:07 pm
Up the bucs well done guys although the win was scrappy. A win is a win cause lady luck favours the braves. Now lets beat super sport on saturday night to remain top of the league. I can now smell the treble coming our way. Once and always
Bra Aubs
posted: 06:08 pm
kushaya umoya the jealous ones are quiet kwakwakwakwakwakwa....
Anonymous
posted: 06:08 pm
Yonki ndawo ibhakania liyaphumelela THE BANK JOB is in the final stages of preps
Anonymous
posted: 06:15 pm
Word of caution to all Chibuku fans. Ur season can still end in buckets of tears and heartbreak as it always happen with ur kak team. If you fail 2 beat SS this weekend you may as well forget about the lig and as things stand you will be lucky 2 get a draw. And then comes the Nedbank Cup. If you beat Aces they shud just give u the cup cos I don't c either Baroka or Leopards stopping you in the final. But the Aces match will be very tricky. This team is already relegated n has no pressure of winning lig matches so the chances of a big upset are very real.Aces will want to bow out in style and I c dem doing it at the expense of Chibuku FC.Don't forget the same Aces is taking ur 3 points to Mvela. In short Chibuku FC have a gud chance of winning the lig and the Nedbank Cup but at the same tym they have a gud chance of winning neither. There is no prize in guessing what my preference is.Khosi 4 lyf.
Anonymous
posted: 06:16 pm
I was watching the draw and there was no cabbges name! Bucs rule! Now Supersport will feel the heat! Shaaapa!
Anonymous
posted: 06:18 pm
People must remember that Baroka is not off the hook as yet cos we'll meet thgem where it matters most. So they should be happy to avoid us cos that allows them a rare chance playing in the final.
r32 star
posted: 06:19 pm
eish mara pirates.yini yiwina njalo kodwa.eish this team.i guess i'll keep loving them bcoz they win even when supporters of THAT TEAM wish otherwise.viva PIRATES VIVA.VIVA BUCCANEERS VIVA.if you are desapointed,soooooooooorrrrrrrryyyyyy.yo i love this team;CASE CLOSED.
Anonymous
posted: 06:23 pm
Up the Bucs
L.V.K
posted: 06:24 pm
Whether you like it or not I dont give a danm pirates will win da league and the nedbank cup. Dont forget that the MTN8 is already in our cabinet.
Anonymous
posted: 06:24 pm
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Tzozo:2011-04-25 18:15

So Baroka have converted you to being a false fortune teller cum soccer analyst? Lol...you are coming up with your filthy and unqualified predictions. Go and do ythat for your cabbages because they it more than us. Just multiply for your vodacom league outfir (or must I say Castle league, Chimpanzes) since we do the work ourselves.
Anonymous
posted: 06:25 pm
Tzozo:2011-04-25 18:15

So Baroka have converted you to being a false fortune teller cum soccer ****yst? Lol...you are coming up with your filthy and unqualified predictions. Go and do ythat for your cabbages because they it more than us. Just multiply for your vodacom league outfir (or must I say Castle league, Chimpanzes) since we do the work ourselves.
Anonymous
posted: 06:27 pm
What can I say!Pirates rules.not those pathetic cheap choips from phefeni!!
Anonymous
posted: 06:44 pm
Tzozo thanks 4 that piece of useless analysis,we dont need it because it is based on nothing else but ur wishes.SHAPA BHAKAJUJU SHAPAAAAAAAAAA!!!
Anonymous
posted: 06:46 pm
I just wonder how supporters of another team must be feeling after today's game. If they are not admitted to join All PSL Panties then I will know that nothing will cause them heart attacks. We are singing Happy people forever while they sing "ha le mpotsa tshepo ya ka".
Anonymous
posted: 06:53 pm
i told u hey baroka u think u ar the best bt hey nt pirates
Anonymous
posted: 06:57 pm
What Khoza did in allowing the Christians to use the stadium was very good in the sight of God. They were blessed.they will take it. I m chiefs by the way.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 07:06 pm
All Psl trophies sufers yet anotha stroke within 24 hrs,things r nt lukin gud 4 him as his BP has reached a point of no beat.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 07:08 pm
Now dat was a final b4 a final n i guess we alredy hav one hand on this trophy.All psl trophies' husband wil sufer yet anotha wrath in 24 hrs hehehehehehhehhehehehheehhe
Anonymous
posted: 07:08 pm
i suggest that Chiefs buy the whole Baroka squad and coach and put all their current Zim flops on free transfer plus the coach. I thnk All PSL Trophies wil second me on ths one. Up the bucs!
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