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Orlando Pirates beat Maritzburg United

Posted: 26 February 2012 Time: 17:30

Orlando Pirates moved up to third place in the League standings thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Maritzburg United at Orlando Stadium.

The Buccaneers needed a breath-taking goal from substitute Benni McCarthy in the 75th minute to defeat the 10-man Team of Choice, who had defender Peter Petersen dismissed just past the hour-mark for a second bookable offence.

The victory puts Pirates level with Kaizer Chiefs on 33 points, while Mamelodi Sundowns still lead the way on 36 points.

Bucs started the match strongly and striker Ndumiso Mabena was presented with a great chance just four minutes in, but with only goalkeeper Francis Chansa to beat he blazed his effort over the crossbar.

The hosts dominated the first 20 minutes or so, but the visitors gradually got a foothold in midfield and began to create some opportunities of their own. The best arrived on 34 minutes when a long throw-in from Petersen went straight to Wayne Matle, but from close range the attacker completely missed the ball.

Matle then had a free header from Kurt Lentjies’s 45th-minute free-kick, but he failed to direct his header on target.

Bucs shuffled their pack upfront by introducing Thulasizwe Mbuyane in place of Mabena at the start of the second half, but apart from a glancing header from a corner that produced a straightforward save from Chansa, ‘Juju’ wasn’t able to stamp his authority on the game.

The first of two key moments arrived in the 63rd minute when Petersen deliberately handled the ball and was shown a second yellow card, followed by a red, by referee Zolile Mthetho.

With 15 minutes to play McCarthy took centre stage, peeling away from his marker Byrone Hendricks in the penalty area before meeting a cross with a brilliant overhead-kick that found the back of the net.

Maritzburg thought they had claimed a late equaliser deep into injury time when substitute Prince Olomu stabbed home from close range after Mor Diouf won a knock-down in the penalty area, but it was scratched out for offside – though TV replays suggested the Team of Choice were hard done by.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:02 pm
Yha ne, not the best of them displays, I know its sad news for the chimpanzees and their newly befriended ndunu's. Its a 3 by 3 ne? 3 games played 3 games won,9 points, we just have to move from 3rd position to our destiney The Top spot
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posted: 06:06 pm
Le a nyela Masandoms, that was an offside goal. I hate to say I told you so, Bucs e fihlile. What you can do now is to wet your pants. Where is that gap..? Gone..! Shapa Buccaneeeeeeeeeeeeeeer Shapppaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..! 2011/2012 Champs..!!
posted: 06:08 pm
benni keep the fire burning. Watchout tekotmodise klate n the way for league title. It started at supersport, u ran to pirates, he came u ran to soundowns now he s doing it at pirates
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posted: 06:09 pm
I meant to say.. "that was not an offside goal".. Apolgies Mabaccaneeer" for a typing error..!!
Bofolla Safety Belt Reja Joy Makhosi
posted: 06:10 pm
Atleast against Libolo no shady SAFA refeere's will be involved.

Only those who view football with clear minds will acknowledge the fact that the team that won against Maritzburgh today is nowhere near the team Krol left.

Niyo hlala ni sinda!
posted: 06:14 pm
Benni is really what the doctor ordered!
He is just so special.
posted: 06:14 pm
They called him names when we signed him.They even got angry when we signed him saying it was a waste of $$ as if he had been signed by the zoo.They are even shy to call him by his name.Interestingly,he is scoring goals in almost every game.What type of a player is it?Waiting for an answer frm you all so-called cHIVes fans.Football 101 was mustered at the university of Orlando.
posted: 06:15 pm
Eish mara Boa Moroto ke kgomo man
posted: 06:17 pm
The rats play sh!t and they depend on officials to win games. Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. will win the 2011-12 league, PERIOD!

Yellow Vele!
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posted: 06:18 pm
No, Mr Editor you are wrong, I was also watching the game from TV on Supersport 4, the goal was correctly disallowed for offside..! It was aclear offside, Mabuccaneer, no doubt about that..!! And the whistle was blown before the ball was kicked into the net..!!
posted: 06:20 pm
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posted: 06:21 pm
It seems like I'm confused. I was right on my first statement. Yes, it was an offside goal..! I wonder what is wrong with me today..!!
posted: 06:21 pm
The Ghost
posted: 06:21 pm
@ Spain ... o re ke mang? Boa Moroto? That's the funniest thing I have heard all week.
posted: 06:25 pm
Very soon, we the Buccaneers we will be telling anyone who cares to listen that PIRATES is not inside.. is on top.
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posted: 06:27 pm
Where is the seven points gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaap..! Pirates will win the league no matter how they play but they will do what is necessary which is taking enough points..! Shapaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..!!!
El Asesino Cérébrale
posted: 06:27 pm
Was that an off-side or a foul on Siya Sangweni? The turn for Mayambela on this rotational system must be hurried. I can't wait to enjoy the exploits of Professor when we clash with them Zebras...
El Kampion
posted: 06:28 pm
The Ghost
posted: 06:29 pm
@ special one, you are talking through that little hole in your backside that NEVER sees daylight. Speak thru your mouth and then maybe, just maybe we will understand what you just said. UP THE BUCS!!!
posted: 06:36 pm
Truly I don't think Maritzburg goal was offside,we were lucky to get away with a win!
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