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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: 06:38 pm
@TP;2012-02-26 17:52..Ok if wining all the cups & the trophies currently on offer as a continuation from where we left last season,and even taking the only cup we missed last season which happens to have been your team's cup,then what should the mighty Bucs do to be seen as improving?If we are not improving,what are other teams doing in terms of improvement?Answer plz.
posted: 06:41 pm
I am not convienced with a 1-0 win but what a goal from Bennie , UP THE BUCS
posted: 06:41 pm

Still dont believe in Leal, happy about the 3 points though.

Bennie in the 18 area, usikhokho.

Can Tokelo start for once, i am sick of mabena.

I was impressed by the player playing position 3.
ola mabakajuju ola!!!!!
posted: 06:42 pm
A win is a win. 3 more points in the bag. Go bucs go!!!
posted: 06:43 pm
Matlaba, well played.
posted: 06:45 pm
Matlaba, well played.
posted: 06:47 pm
MaChamps lets rally behind our coach please.......... this is the crucial stage where he needs us most......no team wants to drop at this stage of the league it doesnt matter weather its small or big team but our ship under Master Leal is doing what its impossible 4 other mampara teams like Zebra and SunDogs to do which is collecting maximam points no matter how difficult it is..

Can we please hold our hands and be the Happy Peole we are known about rather than the forvever whinning and complaining supporters.......

Please Mabakhania amahle..... ngiy'nibawa ngekomo ekulu emhlophe ngombala......asinikeleni uLeal ithuba asenzele ikarisomraro mabakabaka. . . . .!
posted: 06:47 pm
I REPEAT: 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!
posted: 07:02 pm
Being a bucanner is indeed a calling.to all them haters soothe your selves. Make way for the champs.
posted: 07:03 pm
Some people are amazing eg:TP.Can you imagin if the ref ignored the hand ball by Suarez and waved a play on?This was same like Zwane's,and you cant compare those insidents with yesterday's ball to hand by Vets player.Comeon man how are you an alysing the game?
posted: 07:06 pm

Truly I don't think Maritzburg goal was offside,we were lucky to get away with a win!

I dont think you know your football bhakaniya, but we here to teach people like you. When the ball was initially played. The Maritzberg player was offside. Thats when the liseman raised his flag. Its not a goal... please. Stop the noise now

Second point.I refuse to go to the stadium to watch Mabena. The worst player to have played Pirates. Can anyone tell me. Whats the point of getting to good spaces if you cant convert opportunities. Ayi bafowethu..Lets face the truth. Yinkomo lo muntu
posted: 07:10 pm
@ James u r making a hell of a noice. Stop repeating ur self. U know u have been winning with the help of the referee so many a times. Just zip ur stinking mouth
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 07:12 pm
now its down to just 3 points n amaSubdunusa ajulika imitsitsila,teams r failin 2 beat us even witout a coach lol
The Ghost
posted: 07:15 pm
@ special one, and I repeat: you are talking thru that little hole in you backside that never sees the light of day. Use your mouth next time, then maybe, just maybe some of us GREAT BUCCANEERS will understand you. UP THE BUCS!!! THEY ARE FEELING THE HEAT NOW.
The Ghost
posted: 07:16 pm
The topic should have read: "Bucs inflict more pain on the haters ..."
posted: 07:17 pm
I was not Impress with are pitch in mbombela can sambody explain for us and good bucs hire come the pain
posted: 07:17 pm
Pierats soccer lig refrees I give up
posted: 07:20 pm
I wonder what will happen when Myeni
starts playing, people will be blamming
referees, lines man, Sepp Blatte, Issa
Hayatou, Nematandani, the late Gadaffi,
Julias Malema, Robert Marawa, Obama,
climate change, the moon, the stars, the
petrol price, Motsepe's mine workers and
anything that they can blame everytime
we win. I just hope that the clueless
Lealian doesn't play him as a striker.
posted: 07:21 pm
Lepansula: 2012-02-26 19:06
you are right boss that was not an offside but it was really tite call.i think mabena's muti is very strong i wish i could get hold of it so that i could get recognised for doing nothing
i cannot pay my dstv to watch mabena play

chronic2001,gabs botswana
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 07:22 pm
Leal is not a coach,i m stil nt convinced by his so cald tactics,wats the use of playin Boa Morte as a striker while there is proper strikers in our ship?Fan cald 4 Benni 2 b introduced n he rewarded us by scoring.big ups 2 us fans,we know soccer better than the so cald coaches.
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