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Orlando Pirates beat Black Leopards in the Telkom Knockout Cup

Posted: 22 October 2011 Time: 19:50

Goals from Benni McCarthy and Rudolf Bester were enough to take Orlando Pirates into the next round of the Telkom Knockout while Moses Kwena’s strike in optional time was merely a consolation.

Bucs dominated most of the match and looked as if they would score more goals only to see a very good Andile Jali chance go wide as frustrations began to grow.

Bester did really well to slip a through ball into the path of Jali, but the midfielder curled his right-footed attempt past Omony’s upright.

McCarthy’s 24th minute opener at Orlando Stadium was a volley from close range. A clever Daine Klate free kick resulted in a loose ball falling to McCarthy.

But in scoring the goal, McCarthy annoyed his hamstring injury and was taken off and replaced by Bongani Ndulula.

Benson Mhlongo made a return to the field having been out injured since October 2009, after a horrific knee injury against AmaZulu, and had a hand in his team’s second goal.

Just a minute onto the field, Mhlongo linked with Bester outside the danger area and passed to Ndulula who got in a very good cross for Bester to tap into an empty net at the far post.

Leopards did have a few chances of their own. Mongezi Bobe's deep corner beat Moeneeb Josephs, but Rodney Ramagalela could not keep his header down from an excellent position at the far post.

Bobe also struck a long range attempt, which swerved and gave Josephs some trouble, highlighting his never say die attitude and value to the Leopards team.

Even though Kwena’s header in the dying seconds of the game from a corner made the score more respectable, Leopards never really looked like troubling the home side.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 11:31 pm
Ndulula,Mabena r de wikest link upfront.
posted: 11:31 pm
Once a prts alwys a bhakaniya "shapa bhakajuju shapa"
posted: 12:46 am
thanks leal for not selecting wasteful mabena
posted: 01:57 am
Drogba-Ndulula shld be given more game time,all other strikers shld fight 2 partner Ndulula upfront,he`s Pirates marksman Benni is also gud@Possesioning hmself,bt fitness an age is not on his side,I dnt c any team stopn Ndulula whn on form,he just needs Tlou&Doughtie dwn the wings
posted: 06:09 am
At least the referee was not either of the lethal strikers from Zebras FC...I am talking about Key striker Qubule and supporting mid fielder Sithole. I only prefer this Gomez or Hlongoane.
posted: 07:41 am

LordJerry: My Lord i than you

"Last night i had 1 beers and Leopard got 1 goals" Fistos

Its good to see Mhlongo back maybe Jali will realise competition.

SINGENILE and who is next
Jealous Down
posted: 08:20 am
I still maintain Benni was a waste of money, hamstring in less than 15 minutes without even making a telling run. According to his standards an average of 1 goal in 5 games is not good enough. It's either he's injured or serving suspension. He still has the touch but it needs him fit in the field not in the hospital wards.
posted: 08:22 am

Guys i have bad news for us, Sundowns is out.

Lets pray for Chiefs to win so that we can have competitive games.

But knowing Chiefs, abathembisi.
posted: 08:37 am
Jali must pull up his socks.
posted: 08:41 am
Hamstrings can happen in the first second of a game some people here dont know football and are clueless cows... Iniesta recently had to be subd in the first half due to hamstring, pulling a muscle is just that pulling a muscle
posted: 08:45 am
@Lordjerry my fellow happy champ i hoped u enjoyed tapping tht small n tiny buscuit all nite long to the dismay of mash-potsotso donkey bcos its his childhood home team until he came to work at Aurora mine n swapped colours to Gqubule Sithole n Hlungwane Cheaters Fc.

Morning champs n lets just wait to see who's the next Tsipaa victing bcos our daily bread frm Chubaba fc will be knocked out by Dikwena today unless the obvious will prevail as always...hmmm

Tsipaaa tse ntsho Tsipaaa until chimps stop cheating n bribing their sorry selfs to evry cup in SA.

Ichuuu ichuuu ichuuuu!!!
posted: 08:50 am
@Joe ngwanyana n ur RETARD co-joined english doctor/pro pls dnt forget to spell check n correct our gramma for u r the best in the business,,e.g ''i wrote hoped instead of hope'', u see am helpin u already
posted: 12:26 pm
Welldone to the Coach and the boys , but Leopards isn't the type of the team one can use to measure his strength , however that being said I am happy my team is in the quarterfinal and I don't give a Zebra's ass how or at whose expense
Looking forward to welcoming Platinum Stars and Ajax into the quarterfinal
posted: 07:49 pm
Well done to the Bucs , happy to se Bester gettin his first goal nd seeing Mhlongo back
posted: 07:36 am
Two goals both from an offside positions rats happy with the win and for a change not complaining about the middle man.
posted: 09:04 am
what now zebras...as alwaz pirates is through to next round...its high time chiefs admit the serenity prayer thats all that i'm asking..I told u pirates is talking this cup...spank...spank buccer spank..as for sundowns i have nothing to say...
posted: 09:54 am
Nice one Mabhakabhaka i still there lot of room for improvement now to our League title defence hpoe we transfer our winning streak to League games ,welcome back Mayanga your experience will be highly valuable
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