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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...

Anonymous
posted: 05:42 pm
I just love Orlando Pirates! Benny is pure class..
Rodger must goooooo,fullstop
posted: 05:43 pm
hala mabhakaniya hala,once a achamp always a bacerneer.de DR himself was der
Anonymous
posted: 05:44 pm
If being a RAT means this much i wud love to be a RAT forl life cos i will always be HAPPY

Tsipa Tse Ntsho Tsipa

Ichuuuuuuu,,,,,it means so much crying tears of JOY

RE Ja JOY with capital letterd waya waya!!!!
Rodger must goooooo,fullstop
posted: 05:44 pm
u must lyk it for de 5skippers. come on u bhakabhaka.
Anonymous
posted: 05:44 pm
Dankie mabhakaniya. To Swallows and Chiefs fans don't worry you can come eMayfair to view the Trophies. Black I remain till the end of time.
Rodger must goooooo,fullstop
posted: 05:44 pm
talk abt de untouchable talk abt bucs
Cutter
posted: 05:48 pm
@McLoving
Ke ile ka cho mshana ka re ho tla ba thata...the history has been made baba..back-to-back..Bucs showed a lot of a character,thats how the Champion handles the pressure..that strong mentality that they showed its beyond doubt...undisputed and uncontested...Congrats Bucs..
Anonymous
posted: 05:51 pm
Gentleman let i thanx u 4 been in dis forum 4 de whole cson i really learn a lot 4rm u r comments since dis chapter 's officially closed let us now rally behind Bafana even though ba bapala masepa @ Feelo we stil hv Euro & in and out of players @Nipsy thanx boy. de Galaxies ga gona batho felo fa.
godide
posted: 05:52 pm
hola Magebhula,even next year we will take another treble
Nipsy
posted: 05:53 pm
You deserve it oprhans, you can mustabate the whole night no one can blame you, SONONO can open legs the whole month she deserves it, Toothless can buy a false tooth he deserves it, Nespray and King can smoke matekwane the whole and get very high they deserves it, Swine, Sugarbrand and Motlokwa can eat nyaope the whole week they also deserves it, Mpotje can open legs at capital in the whole night she deserves it too, all the orphans can drink mbamba the whole month they deserve not to be sobber anymore.
babaj
posted: 05:53 pm
congrats bucs. i do not believe,what people say,that pirates win because of the relationship between the two owners. arrows give them the games. ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sidney
posted: 05:55 pm
Hail to the kings of treble hail.To all those who were lamenting that winning of the treble last was a fluke, i hope they have already swallowed their pride and start to Believe like the slogan of US president Obama.Wow what a goal by Bennie to silence Mashego.Boys were separated from men.Lastly to the media guys stop being anti Pirates give credit were is due.
Nipsy
posted: 05:57 pm
3 is a lucky number for the orphans, when they loose they get 3 mabone or 3 Libolos and when the win trophies they win 3 trophies. Attention oprhans when u bet Lotto bet six 3s.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 05:57 pm
The Zebras were retaxed!!!! Up the Bucs, Treble champions again!!!
Anonymous
posted: 05:58 pm
Others won the title during the fluke spell of 4 goals in 4 games by Josta Dladla... Others won it during the Yellow Gap period & Bucs won it 2day, the last game of the czin & where it matters most!

I salute this generation of OP players, they have engraved their names in history...

Bucs by birth...
el-nino
posted: 05:58 pm
YA WHER AR DA HATERS HU SAID WE WIN LIGS WIT FAVOR, SHAPPA BENNI SHAPPA
Nipsy
posted: 06:03 pm
SARS and creditors here Toothless comes. Junk mail please remove the ad for auctioning Oprhans FC with immediate effect.

Bafana Ba setlale (tuckshop) please fire Teko, I see u making history of going 13 years without trophy BCOS these COWS from Orlando are SOO motivated and they will be the only competitor for us.
Beryl power 7
posted: 06:03 pm
Bennie knows how to close a league final....!
This Klate boi is a fortunate man...same goes for all players!!
As for hatters, we know you don't understand how it feels to be a BUCS fan but please bare with us...!

now let's go in 1, 2, 3...
SHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The General - Soccer Dude
posted: 06:03 pm
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TREBLE CHAMPIONS!!!!!! SO MANY ZEBRAS HAVE RETURNED TO THE FOREST. I ALWAYS ASK MY MYSELF, WHY DO THEY ALWAYS PUT THEMSELVES IN THIS PAINFUL POSITION??? THE MIGHTY BACCUNEERS KEEP HURTING THESE HATERS.

STAND UP TO THE 2012 PSL CHAMPIONS!!! THE NEW ERA IN SA'S FOOTBALL IN FULL SWING... NOW FOR THE NEXT ONE
Mhlonitjhwa: Treble Champ kwesibili
posted: 06:04 pm
hahahahahah.......well done Mabakabaka you realy made proud, phela bengiminyile especially when the score was 2-3, anyway im the happiest man on earth and i so wish i was @ Mabhida......guys lets just celebrate without mentioning our haters as they are hurt enough already

halaala magebhula onzima!

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