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Orlando Pirates are PSL champions again

Posted: 19 May 2012 Time: 16:50

Orlando Pirates won their second successive League title following a thrilling 4-2 win against Golden Arrows on Saturday afternoon.

The Buccaneers needed to win to render Moroka Swallows' result irrelevant.

As it turned out, the Dube Birds did beat Maritzburg United 1-0, but Benni McCarthy's magic again won the day - he headed in a 61st-minute header, before curling in a free-kick in injury-time.

The match started off at a quick pace, but it was the hosts who threatened first when Siyabonga Nkosi beat Lucky Lekgwathi on the left, but his low shot was blocked by Moeneeb Josephs at the near post.

Six minutes later fullback Thabo Matlaba came close to putting the ball in his own net when he tried to clear a cross from Mzivukile Tom, but he was relieved to see the ball coming off the upright.

The deadlock was eventually broken in the 26th minute when the visitors spread the ball wide to the right where Tlou Segolela was able to deliver a pinpoint cross for Lekgwathi to head past Helton da Rocha.

However, the joy was short-lived as Arrows levelled matters seconds later when Josephs was beaten by a low shot from Dillon Sheppard - a howler from the Bafana keeper.

Muhsin Ertugral’s men the extended their lead in the 29th minute when former Pirates player Katlego Mashego fired a breathtaking free-kick past Josephs.

Bucs rallied in search of the equaliser, but were denied by some good goalkeeping from Da Rocha, who blocked a shot from Thulasizwe Mbuyane in the 31st minute, before denying McCarthy six minutes later.

Augusto Palacios’ men did eventually draw level in the 40th minute through another defender as Sangweni connected with a cross from Daine Klate to head the ball into the back of the net.

Bucs started the second half well, using both wings effectively and it almost paid off in the 53rd minute when Segolela found McCarthy inside the penalty area, but he sent his header over the crossbar.

McCarthy did get it right eight minutes later when he got in ahead of his marker to head past Da Rocha from a long throw-in from Mahamutsa.

The former Porto star then grabbed his brace in the third minute of added time as he curled his free-kick in at the near post from the edge of the area to hand his side a two-goal cushion - and a second successive League title.

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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 05:22 pm
Up da bucks until until.i fil lyk crying guys.
posted: 05:22 pm
I always said der is no way swallows will win de lig! Last season fighting 4 relegation, den des season want to win de lig? No ways!!!! Dey should just join de que!!
posted: 05:23 pm
Tse ntsho tse ntsho... Bhakabhaka Bhakabhaka... *singing*

Double treble champs, kings of SA futbol. 2 hell with all dem haters dey knw demselves tseg zebra cHIVs+ tseg dunudunu clowns tseg 2 all of dem.
posted: 05:24 pm
Galaxy of Stars.....Up. The Bucs.....Treble....TREBLE....TREBLE....TREBLE...........TREBLE!
posted: 05:24 pm
Mr editor is full of dissappointment...0-0??????

Anyway, it matters not, mabakaniya, does it?
posted: 05:24 pm
Why do you want me to say, I am at Moses Mabida stadium. Say what u want to say. Pirates is the best team in AFRICA
posted: 05:24 pm
It has been brought to our attention by the dream statistic department that a huge number of people had a dream lastnight in which Arrows beat Bucs and Swallows won by a goal margin to win the Champs and further mentioned that a lot of Kaizer Chiefs fan still believe it ain't over yet they say Chiefs will win the title...Hahahaha ngiya saba amaphupho ...Ho thaaaaaata banna ku monate fela mo Durban mfana ukuthi
posted: 05:25 pm
posted: 05:26 pm
Mushin u can do all the hard but there is nothing u can do when Manto had agreed with the goal keeper to let goals in. Khoza knew that they will always be safe when they end the season with Golden Arrows that's why he had instructed the guys who r responsible with ficturing to do like wise. Sies
posted: 05:28 pm
Adios guys: KING, nespray, Swetys, brazillito, Champ Marapo, Superbrand, Nono/Nebo and last bt no least SisterP with yo unrealistic approaches(I guess it was all for the love of the game). See u next jaar...it was nice interracting with u. Feelo signing out. I'm gone
El Kampion
posted: 05:29 pm

posted: 05:29 pm
pierats won treble by luck,nywe nywe nywe,voetsek....mugabe will resign if pierats win a trophy,buang masepa lona,nxxx
posted: 05:29 pm
So where are those morons who said we bribed Arrows...Pirates played like Champions for their win they deserve to be Champions.
posted: 05:29 pm
Lastly: Chansa usuqedile boy woza ekhaya ke
posted: 05:30 pm
Der 's nothing new here except 2 wait a warm welcome fine 4rm Psl.
posted: 05:34 pm
Hail the undisputed kings of PSL hail hail.....Wow what a goal by Bennie,Big up to Palacious unfortunatly he is not gonna get the accolade he deserve to be the coach of the season and Pirates team of the season.Hail the kings of treble hail.
posted: 05:35 pm
Guys am crying tears of JOY cos ke ja JOY

I like being a Champ RAT cos it brings hapiness to me.

posted: 05:39 pm
Congrats Pirates..At least there wil be no hijackings, murders,rapes,house brakings, Atm bomings and domestic violence in jhb surrondings unless if chiefs fans want to join the gans.
posted: 05:40 pm
@ King and all mabakaniyas we stood the test of time,tanx all bloggers for ur humor commends,,,,,,,,,once and always
posted: 05:42 pm
Once a Pirates always the champs. Undisputed.
Treble again and again and again...
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