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Orlando Pirates beat Free State Stars

Posted: 28 March 2012 Time: 21:21

Tokelo Rantie scored a brace, Benni McCarthy a penalty, and Edward Manqele a consolation goal as Orlando Pirates beat Free State Stars 3-1 on Wednesday night at Orlando Stadium.

Stars had knocked the Buccaneers out of the Nedbank Cup over the weekend, but there was to be no repeat at Orlando Stadium.

Pirates went into the lead as early as the second minute before the majority of the fans had settled in when Rantie forced his way past the Stars defenders in the penalty box on the right side and his shot beat goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene.

Stars had few ideas and shots from range were their only hope as Coldrin Coetzee’s 25-yard shot in the 21st minute went over the bar.

Three minutes later Mzikayise Mashaba dribbled his way past the Pirates defence on the right, but his shot from 18-yards went wide of the upright.

The match went to half time with Bucs leading 1-0, but four minutes after the restart substitute Dove Wome played in Manqele, and Stars’ leading goalscorer made no mistake as coolly finished with an excellent right-footed shot.

However, Pirates reclaimed the lead in 57th minute when Sadate Akoriko brought down Rantie in the box and the referee awarded a penalty, which McCarthy tucked home.

Josephs was the hero shortly afterwards as he saved Manqele’s powerful close-range shot.

Pirates then put the match beyond reach of Steve Khompela’s team in the 78th minute when McCarthy played in Rantie and the striker scored his second of the match with an excellent lob.

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Previous comments on this story...

CHAMP Mpotjekegobotje
posted: 09:41 pm
I knew that if given chance,ngwana yo Tokelo o na le talente...

PSS???Le be le nagana gore le bo mang lena??mxm!!!

Shapaaaaaaaaaaa BHAKASIFICATION Shapaaaaaaaaaaa

BLACK&WHITE I SHALL REMAIN
Anonymous
posted: 09:41 pm
Chibuku fc keep yo 3 points and Free State stars will win Nedbank cup!! Rantie u play well keep yo gud work laait
Danmo
posted: 09:41 pm
Eish, proof reading after the fact.

Anyway, I see problems at Naturena. VV has a team but I am not sure about dedication in that team except for a few individuals like Tshabalala. I still think he is better than Leal whom I doubted from the onset.
Anonymous
posted: 09:41 pm
@Sbuda I think your tim need Nedbank more than us mayb u forget that we have already 2 cup and we are going 3 one as usually.
magebhula1937
posted: 09:42 pm
We are aware that we are out of the Nedbank Cup and also aware that there will only be one winner obviously 7 teams will follow us.Remember we have already won 2 cups this season and still on a chance for a treble. Well done Bucs. 2 points off the mark.
Anonymous
posted: 09:46 pm
Pretenders are making a way for the genuine number 1 team.
Anonymous
posted: 09:47 pm
This is what we have been up in arms with the coach for.Now, all those Zebra fans who have been keeping our today's comments as to send them after 2day's game must send them now.But those Zebraz who are feint hearted can simple SMS Cowsi at this #.Thank you mighty Bucs.Till now they dont know what hit them.The lightning wl never strike twice at Bucs.Foot ball 101 was mastered at the University of Orlando.
Anonymous
posted: 09:48 pm
Raizor chips held for a draw or should i say arrows narrowly missed the zebra which escaped from nazoorena minutes ago but the other news is that leopards r hunting down dis zebra for a gathering on saturday.anyone who spot it musn't kill it rather call Mr Palacious on 011PIRATES (KE MATHATA)
Anonymous
posted: 09:50 pm
I warned Zebrastars that they must ask from Vets,but they did not listen.
Anonymous
posted: 09:50 pm
@Diehardbucs: how do you rate yo std of Ntsumayelo in this match,do yo think is copying well in the mild?. Eish near forget to congratulation your getting 3 points 2nite, i hope you feel well with the perfomance of yo boys
Danmo
posted: 09:53 pm
Rantie is a gem unfortunately these coaches at Bucs fail to see talent and stick by losers like Ndulula and Mabena. The chase is now on and Sundowns must think again.

I must say I am also happy that Jomo has finally managed a win. His team plays with passion and the only thing lacking was luck on their side. Avril is maturing with age and kept chances of his team avoiding relegation alive. Tjhesa Bucs, Tjhesa

maurice
posted: 09:55 pm
It is so sad that Chips fans think that they will win the Nedbank since the defending champions were knocked out they are in for a surprise. Infact they may end this year without a cup.I saw them huffing and puffing against Arrows.They were actually lucky to come out with a point and some of their fans use this platform to swear at other fans which is very barbaric.
Anonymous
posted: 09:55 pm
Towards ANOTHER treble in our Lifetime
Anonymous
posted: 09:56 pm
up the bucs
Anonymous
posted: 09:56 pm
Where are the noise makers of this house?

People must not forget that Nedbank was not as important to us than it is to them...in other words they are desperado for it but we aren't because we have two trophies already. Maybe they are consoling themselves.

Shapa Bucs shaaaaaaaapaaaaa...draw Khosikazis drawwwwwwwwwww!
Anonymous
posted: 09:57 pm
0ne fluke win n they are world beaters again ha ha ha ha rats never cease 2 amaze me instead of celebrating their win they are buzy talking abt chiefs this n chiefs that we stil a game in hand and we are stil in the NEDBANK CUP unlike u stupid bloody rats nisezonya
Anonymous
posted: 09:58 pm
Swt revenge 4 the Bucs!!
Anonymous
posted: 09:58 pm
When we strongly condemed Njenje for not fielding Rantie,some Bucs fans insulted us,and went on to question us about our UEFAs.Any way i forgive them.Hope a big lesson has been learnt.Thanks once more our heroes.
Anonymous
posted: 09:58 pm
Thnx bhakaniya, Push-i-passion.!!!
The Ghost
posted: 09:59 pm
Good win, especially with the closest teams dropping points.
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