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Orlando Pirates beat Mpumalanga Black Aces in Nedbank Cup

Posted: 14 May 2011 Time: 23:05

Orlando Pirates secured a place in the 2011 Nedbank Cup final, defeating Mpumalanga Black Aces 1-0 after extra time at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.

AmaZayoni goalkeeper Denis Onyango gave a Man of the Match performance, but the Buccaneers eventually found a goal through winger Tlou Segolela after 110 minutes. The Soweto side will face the winner of Sunday’s semifinal between Baroka FC and Black Leopards in the final on 28 May at the Mbombela Stadium.

The match started at a fierce pace and Aces looked threatening early on, particularly from set pieces. In the tenth minute they thrice came close to opening the scoring, with Pirates’ Happy Jele, Robyn Johannes and Senzo Meyiwa each taking turns to block successive goal-bound efforts.

Pirates gradually began to find their rhythm as the half wore on, and by the 30-minute mark they were bossing the game. In the 32nd minute the home side came close to breaking the deadlock, with captain Lucky Lekgwathi powering a header on target from a corner kick, only to see a combination of Vusiwe Masondo and goalkeeper Denis Onyango scramble the ball off the goal line.

Bucs missed a glaring opportunity in the last minute of regulation time at the end of the first half. A Tlou Segolela cross from the left flank was poorly dealt with by Aces, allowing Happy Jele a clear sight of goal, but the right-back somehow hacked his effort over the crossbar from close range.

The Soweto giants continued to dominate in the second half but were unable to breach a resilient Aces defence, this despite the visitors having to substitute injured centre-back Warren Bishop and replace him with Marc Eberle.

The only time Pirates really threatened to score in the second stanza came on 77 minutes when the pace of Segolela took him past Marco da Silva to go through on goal, but Onyango came off his line quickly and denied the winger in a one-on-one situation.

Onyango was the hero again in extra time, making two exceptional saves in the first half to keep out Mark Mayambela in another one-on-one duel and deny Lekgwathi from an absolute bullet of a header.

The Ugandan goalkeeper continued his superb performance in the second half of extra time but it seemed inevitable that Pirates would score, such was the ease with which they were cutting up an Aces defence that had clearly run out of legs.

On 110 minutes the Buccaneers finally broke the deadlock. Andile Jali surged beyond two Aces defenders, drew Onyango off his line before passing for Segolela to score into an empty net. It was a brilliant piece of set-up play from the midfielder, who showed the composure in the box that his more attack-minded teammates had lacked all night.

Ndumiso Mabena almost added a second in the dying minutes; his shot was half-stopped by Onyango but continued rolling toward the goal, only for Sandile Zuke to clear it off the line with a desperate lunge.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 12:40 am
they win im happy but not until 90 mins of the final. Dis boyz are wasting so many chances dats hectic, we were supposed to score maybe 8 goals,i hope next game against arrows we gonna score many goals.
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 12:56 am
Zane Moosa is so jealous of Pirates win. He can't hide his jealousy. Offside my voet there is no offside in the goal. Moosa should go to school to learn the rules of offside as it is obvious he knows nothing..!!
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 01:00 am
For Baroka to win it will mean a cup on the platter for Pirates, even Leopards is nothing..!! Shappaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!
The Ghost
posted: 01:15 am
They should just hand us the trophy NOW, there is absolutely no need for the other teams be it Boroko or Black Cats to even show up for the championship game WE WILL WIN!!! As for Boroko, be careful what you wish for we are not makhosikazi ...
The Ghost
posted: 01:16 am
Zane Moosa wa nyela ... just go and hang you bow legged loser o marete!!!
lebzamtt
posted: 01:27 am
WELL DONE krol...
Anonymous
posted: 01:44 am
A hard fought victory for Bucs. It wasnt easy against Aces but iam glad they are in the final.
Anonymous
posted: 04:45 am
Jali doesnt belong here
Anonymous
posted: 05:48 am
Why did it take 120 minute to beat an already relagated team?

Why does Krol who has taken the Rats/Orphans into 3 finals is the most hated man by some idiots who call themselves fans?

Why does this team depend on the officials to win da games?

Why is Khowza like to give the officials brown envilops?

Why don't you just be happy for your win and stop being morons by blaming Aditors?

WHY BUGS/RATS/ORPHANS FANS ARE SO DUMM AND STUPID?
Anonymous
posted: 05:59 am
wena musa nja stop writing nonsense on dis block,nothing u write ever makes sense,mybe u shud concentrate on being a chiefs official,4 ur info black aces r playin in da psl until da end of da season,unlike ur team dat lost 2 a vodafone team.
Anonymous
posted: 06:53 am
abanomona abangeni ezulwini. abanomona abangeni ezulwini. abanomona abangeni ezulwini. Jika jika jika mzalwane
Anonymous
posted: 06:53 am
...ungasthathi kancane, mfana kithi asazani...we rolling, we rolling, we rolliiiiing in CASH...*singing*
Well done Bucs! Just 2 more wins 2 round-up the season...my plea 2 the boys is to give the last 2 matches their best. Nedbank belongs 2 us irrespective of who we play in da final. The league depends on the Maritzburg performance next week...i firmly believe our boys wil do us proud on the last game of da league...
Anonymous
posted: 06:53 am
abanomona abangeni ezulwini. abanomona abangeni ezulwini. abanomona abangeni ezulwini. Jika jika jika mzalwane
Anonymous
posted: 07:10 am
Pirates is tne last big team standing at the nedbank cup I think pirates is taking the cup
Anonymous
posted: 07:14 am
musa black aces is playing in d pls but relageted 2 mvela league not 2 vodacom lyk boroka
Anonymous
posted: 07:49 am
hmmmm dat was a clear offside dats a fact aces were Robed lol
Anonymous
posted: 07:53 am
Ke rata bhakaniya more than my man. Holla bhakaniya
Anonymous
posted: 07:55 am
musa - stop boring us with your foolish n childish coments. U r such a idiot bra. Just 2 show how dom u r, aces still playing in psl n deir last game is against psl team swalows. Ure team fail to beat vodacom boys who are still wearing pampers. so stop boring us wena useless.
Anonymous
posted: 07:57 am
As long as chips supporters are behind other teams they'll never win. So chips please support whoever is going to win today on the finals then the cup is ours.
Anonymous
posted: 08:01 am
zeepho - r u mad or dom? Do you know what is an off-side? I think your r makhosikazi fan.
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