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Benni McCarthy scores in Orlando Pirates' win against Black Leopards

Posted: 12 August 2011 Time: 21:49

Benni McCarthy scored eight minutes into his debut as Orlando Pirates beat Black Leopards 2-0 in Polokwane on Friday evening.

A goal in either half from two very different players sealed the fate of the newly-promoted team. Handing the Buccaneers the lead in the first half was rising star and South African national Under-23 striker Bongani Ndulula.

The second half goal was scored by a player in the twilight of his career and on his Pirates debut, McCarthy.

And while Pirates may have got off to the perfect start in the defence of their League title with maximum points in their opening match, the goal scored by McCarthy will be the biggest news coming out of this game.

Pirates certainly started the better of the two teams as they passed the ball around nicely, and duly got the opener after just 11 minutes.

Daine Klate whipped in a free-kick from the right flank and goalkeeper Azwindin Maphaha fluffed his punch into the path of Ndulula, who was quick to slot the ball into an empty net.

The rest of the half, however, saw Leopards the better side and they had three golden scoring chances.

In the 24th minute Edgar Manaka forced a great save from Moeneeb Josephs, who was at full stretch to his left to make a finger-tip save.

Four minutes later and a quick counter-attack started by Mongezi Bobe ended with Thabo Mongalo trying to chip the keeper from the edge of the box, but he saw his effort just skim the wrong side of the post.

Just before half-time Mongalo should really have found the back of the net. The striker found himself in a one-on-one situation with Josephs, but fired his shot straight at the keeper.

The second 45 minutes saw no side really take the ascendancy until Pirates found the back of the net in the 71st minute; again the goal coming because of a mistake made by Maphaha.

The Leopards keeper failed to collect the ball on the right edge of the box, which allowed Oupa Manyisa to steal it from him and play a cross into the box which found its way to McCarthy at the back post, and the seasoned striker made no mistake from only a couple of yards out.

After that the game petered out and Pirates ended the match victorious. Still, had it not have been for two silly mistakes by the keeper and some better finishing from their strikers, Leopards could have at least earned something from the match.

Previous comments on this story...

Bennito Mussolini
posted: 11:14 pm
Wow that Pirates Jersey is very Beautiful.That Santos was caught by the SABC camera practising witchcraft,are we going to see witchcraft instead of Football this season.His family is ashamed.His muti did the opposite Pirates won with the help of Motsweneng's muti.
Anonymous
posted: 11:22 pm
da all tym bafana top scorer(benni), da altym u23 top scorer(ndulula),treble champions,gold star in th logo,a special absa champions logo on the sleve,th only playa wit da champz league(beni).....u find all this at bucs camp....the red jersey is beautiful,being a buccaneer is a calling!!
Anonymous
posted: 11:26 pm
nice game gents,am happy our strikers came to de party today.am also glad ndulula wil gain experience from benni,as for mayambela nd mabena pull up ur socks guys or else mahamutsa or mbuyane if ever dey will cumback,not because dey r useless,its bcause of de quality we hav.benni in de areaaaaaaaa halkashaaaaaa
Anonymous
posted: 11:29 pm
Guess huz back benni is bk guess huz is bk benni is bk benni s bk benni is bk benni is bk benni s bk ayeye! Yasha induku
Anonymous
posted: 11:40 pm
i didnt watch d game bt from ds pic i can c dt ds cow is still fat. Sis umkhaba. M sure dt was a lucky goal.
CAF Rule 14.1
posted: 11:40 pm


Damn it takes Benni less than 10 min to score in the PSL!!

Some people need penalties to score...hehehe
CAF Rule 14.1
posted: 11:43 pm


DON'T SAY I DIDNT WORN YOU ABOUT THIS BENNI-NDULULA COMBINATION ITS LIKE THE ANDY COLE-DWIGHT YORKE COMBINATION
champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach
posted: 12:00 am
PIRATES DOING WAT THEY EXCEL AT, WINNING GAMES. BENNY WORKED WTH NDULULA 4 JUST A WEEK, YET WE SEE THE RESULTS. BENNY SHOWED THAT HE IS STIL CAPABLE OF HURTING HATERS.

OPERATION ONE GAME AT A TIME AND 100% BEHIND THE MASTER TACTICIAN LEAL IS IN FULL MODE. SOME WILL CLAIM WERE HOLDING AN UMBRELA, DO SO AT UR OWN RISK.

WAITING 4 PAKA N MAJORO 2 PROVE THEMSELVES.

CATCH US IF U CAN

ONCE N ALWAYS
Anonymous
posted: 12:07 am
"do so at your own risk" ngaythanda leyo Godfrey
champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach
posted: 12:10 am
CHAMPS, WHERE IS KING(GALAXY OF STARS). DID KICKOFF BURN HIM. I HOPE THIS HAS NOTHING 2 DO WTH JEZABEL. THE LAST TIME WE SAW KING, IT WAS DURING THE GAME AGAINST ZEBRAS IN THE VODACOM CHALLENGE WITH THAT DAUGHTER OF THE FAMILY.

IF SHE IS INVOLVED, SHE WONT GET AWAY WITH IT.

LETS HELP ONE ANOTHER 2 BRING THE MISSING CHAMP BACK HOME
Anonymous
posted: 12:10 am
Mashego did it on his debut, diyo Sibisi did it on his debut from the bench. Where r they now. Let's wait and c
Anonymous
posted: 12:24 am
Benni beat de dogs until chips comes out ,heee Leopards le romiwa melwaneng ya mashemo le sa fihla mo PIRATES SOCCER LEAGUE (PSL)
Anonymous
posted: 12:34 am
beni mcathy ndulula hehehe ngyabonga mina
Anonymous
posted: 12:47 am
Tsepo Masilela has just signed for Getafe of La Liga
Anonymous
posted: 12:50 am
Great debut 4 Benny, he proved it 2 ol d critics dat hez stl got it, credit 2 d whole tim thou there is stl room 4 improvement. Segolela 4 me lacks d basics of d game its lyk he neva went thru d development setup wher 1 learns d basics no offence 2 him but he is not a tim player worse of ol he is useless when it cums 2 assisting defensively, loses possession nd doesn't track back if he can work on those aspects of d game he wil go far. Mjempu seems lyk a gud buy but turns 2 prefer playin backwards more often which is not a gud sign of a gud fulback, he is much beta than cloete. Ndulula lacks killer instincts tries 2 much 2 impress therby missin clearcut chances, d less said abt Mabena d beta.nongagcwali uzogcwala ngendod'emnyama.
Anonymous
posted: 12:51 am
Well done Benni. Laat die poppe dans!
Anonymous
posted: 01:22 am
Iwish coach can use dis squad 1day 1.josephz 2.jele 3.lucky 4.rooi 5,sangweni 6.GATUSO & ACEEE 8.tlou 10.klate 9.ndulula & mabena.wht a u saying guyz,iz dis a ryt squad?{IM TOKING 2 MIGHTY BUCS FANS ONLY}
Anonymous
posted: 01:22 am
baie dankie bennie and the whole piratez crew...keep up the gOod work and take it again.
Anonymous
posted: 04:16 am
Mabena please ask for your transfer like Reason Chiloane boy please Pirates is a well oiled machine and doesnt need players missing such sitters even last season you were missing now you had a chance to prove yourself but failed... I mean Manyisa proved himself just last season come on sani no more mistakes both you and Mayambela we are tired of you missing chance after chance its not fair on others nxa!!!

Krol was right to start with both Mayambela and Segolela secondhalf they are more effective when opponents are tired maybe start with Klate and Mabalane out wide and depending on what type of game Doutie and Segolelaa can battle it out fo Right wing by interchanging between games jus to bring hunger back to Segolela let him know he is not alone
Anonymous
posted: 04:43 am
Bennie's the area, halakacha!
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