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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: 05:07 am
Pirates Era continues
posted: 07:22 am
I nw bliev psl is nt strn enuf 4 bucs,we hv 2 go 2 la liga..ol th damn haters,we askd u 2 make copies of th lig whil u wer stil at th top..Pirates its a clas nd a big brand on its own.Stp makin noise nd gv us credit
posted: 08:07 am
This is world class, im also afraid the way this boyz perform this season, i salute them, hats off! What can i say! Happy 2 b associated to this team!
posted: 08:18 am
Yeh! m feeling GOOD, he(Benni) made a promise nizokwenza njani manje he is coming back. Where are those who thought Sunflowers are better than Orando Pirates, Vilakazi is he still alive? Mabizela shame. Dukuduku Makhanya hardluck my man you played well.
posted: 08:19 am
Not suprised by the noise. It's excitement from those who are not used to winning things. I don't blame them. I would do the same if good teams like Ajax, Supersport, Chiefs and Sundowns are going through a lean spell. They made use of the opportunity very well indeed. Good boys.
posted: 09:08 am
thnx 2 the bucs family 4 all their hard work throughout the season i would like 2 c dane klate getting an accolade @ pirates he has been outstanding this season whenever he's on the field we always get a goal either he scores or he creates enough said. We r the champions my friend!!!
chronic2001(the champ)
posted: 09:57 am
is it safe to comment,this site still belongs to us.
posted: 10:13 am
Once a treble always a treble.Football 101 was mastered at the university of Orlando.
posted: 10:59 am
Well Done Pirates!!! WE As Chiefs really need to pull back and offload all those who are surplus in our squad. But ke with Baxter angiboni kahle
Aobakwe Dichaba
posted: 11:11 am
the last time i checked, the Ghost had run away with the PSL cup..yesterday we witnessed the return of the same Ghost with the same Cup..no one tried taking it away..attempts were made and all for nothing..my my my..bravo Jhujhu..stupendous work indeed.
Leccibah@treble champ.com
posted: 11:26 am
hi folks im hapy 2 join des forum,i'll lyk 2 say once a champ alwys a pirate. breakin news des morning next season whn bakajuju lift the psl trophy 4 de 3rd tym in a row,the it will b given 2 daine claite bcs he'll b lifting a record 6th tym in row. up de bucs til teko lift de psl tittle.......
2X Treble Champs
posted: 02:55 pm
What is Mahoota saying now
Motsepe's unknown son
posted: 04:09 pm
According to the MTN 8 rules, Finisher No. 4 plays finisher No. 5 in the quarter finals. Check which two teams finished No. 4 and 5. We are in for a sensational opening to next season.
InterSam aka Nkope
posted: 08:38 am
Thank You Bucs Thank You.
Is so nice to be Bucs Fan Really.
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