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Orlando Pirates beat Moroka Swallows in the Telkom Knockout Cup

Posted: 5 November 2011 Time: 22:25

Orlando Pirates beat Moroka Swallows 2-1 in a Telkom Knockout Cup quarter-final thanks to a brace from Benni McCarthy on Saturday night.

After scoring the game’s opening goal, Luvhengo Mungomeni made a horrible mistake in defence which allowed Pirates to steal the ball and consequently score the match’s winning goal.

Still, take nothing away from Man of the Match, Benni McCarthy, who scored a brace on the night, including one of the goals of the season, to take the Buccaneers to the semifinals of the Telkom KnockOout.

The first 45 minutes saw Pirates with more ball possession, but unable to really create any decent opportunities on goal. Instead, the better chances of the half fell to the Dube Birds despite them seeing very little of the ball.

Pirates first scare in defence came in the 11th minute when Siyabonga Nomvete slipped a beautifully through-ball for Lerato Chabangu to run onto and with only Moeneeb Josephs to beat. Luckily for Pirates, the striker’s first touch was a poor one and it allowed the keeper to smother him and steal the ball.

Pirates’ best chance of the half came six minutes later when Isaac Chansa drove into the box on a good run, but he saw his six-yard shot superbly saved by Greg Etafia.

In the 18th minute, however, Nomvete should really have given the home side the lead when he snuck in front of Josephs at the front post to meet a Joseph Makhanya right wing cross, but the striker headed wide from four yards out.

In the 38th minute Swallows had another great chance to score when Luvhengo Mungomeni squandered a great chance from ten yards out. After making his way into the box and with only the keeper to beat, the defender fired well wide under no pressure.

The second 45 saw Pirates start the half a little flustered and Swallows made them pay when it appeared Mungomeni made up for his first half miss with the Bird’s opening goal.

After Pirates failed to convincingly clear a corner-kick in the 66th minute, Nomvete latched onto the lose bal on the left side of the box and drove a low cross across the face of goal which Mungomeni side-footed home from a couple yards out, 1-0.

After going behind Pirates quickly fought back and equalized in the 73rdminute when McCarthy scored one of the goals of the season. The veteran striker drove a thunderbolt 35-yard free-kick into the top right-hand corner, giving the keeper no chance, 1-1.

Six minutes later and McCarthy become the hero for Pirates on the night when Mungomeni become the villain of the match for the Birds.

The Swallows defender tried to dribble out of defence and lost the ball after being tackled by Oupa Manyisa. The midfielder then played a square pass from the right to an unmarked McCarthy inside the 18-yard area and with only the keeper to beat the striker made no mistake slipping the ball past a stranded Etafia, 2-1.

Sadly that is how the match ended for Swallows as they failed to create any other chances on goal. For Pirates, they will sing McCarthy’s praises and probably Mungomeni’s as the Buccaneers moved into the semifinals of the Cup competition.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 11:09 pm
he he he here wecome again didnt I told u enemies Pirates is not a 1 man team we can beat any1 at anytime so what next okay okay go slp 2 moro when u wake up think who u gona suport in semis but dont 4 get dat we re champions not farmaly team shapa Bucs shapaaaaaaa!who is next any 1 is welcome Swaiswai dont stress kip u ur gud game & leave this Zebras bazokubulala okay.
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posted: 11:09 pm
To family business team thanx for coming out in numbers to witness our victory.
posted: 11:10 pm
Chibuku FC fans don't celebrate 2 much julle moerskont. You still have to play either Ajax or Santos OK. Swallows shud have easily whacked ur stinking asses blOody agents. For now I must congratulate you but please don't forget you haven't won anything. Khosi 4 life until Ouma Manyisa stop luking a mbamba addict.
posted: 11:10 pm
the goal that benny scored is similar to the oppotunity that ndulula missed on wednesday mare ke eng mfana must to tsenye benny ko bafunny bafunny ka gore ga se majaivane he means bussines unlike those clowns i will never foget the hlokoloza jive

chronic2001 gabs,botswana
posted: 11:11 pm
Halala Benni halala! Sorry zebras try next tym! Am proud 2b a buccaneer, the team with galaxy of stars! Who is in da 18 area? Up the Bucs!
posted: 11:13 pm
Can anyone refresh my mind? Is there still a team called Zebras in the remaining 8 teams in TKO? I am asking this because I see people commenting when I thought they were sleeping with Jessica now.

Zebras are out so no need for them to post kak here. They are angry because their Swallows failed to carry out the mandate so that will rsults in them posting rubbish. People like Sputlandini must not be taken seriously instead when must begin to know that when De Villiers said "...you can travel the whole world...there's no medicine for stupidity" he was referring to people like him (Sputlamoroto).
posted: 11:15 pm
tzozo hambolala. Wednesday bewunomlomo omude uthi come saturday manje you're rooting for other teams. Awukhathali? Bhakaniya till zebra fans stop rooting for other teams and make peace with the fact that we are the Champs!
posted: 11:15 pm
Swallows played well, but as always Bucs came up tops. Stand up to the champions!
posted: 11:15 pm
he he what what Hes fat !! Today he showed what an Internationale player must do , When or have u ever see any SA players scoring that type of goal ? In the 18 area
posted: 11:15 pm
Again Pirates did what they do best i.e breaking the hearts of the Zebras.
posted: 11:16 pm
Am just a pirates till end of time
posted: 11:17 pm
who's brace? this is just the begining and to all zebra fans i only can say to you'll voetsek mhlathi yenu especially FEELO AND SPUTLADINHO u were talking shit the whole week now you are hiding under your beds mhlathi yenu.
posted: 11:19 pm
Isinyama seChiefs sidlisa abanye abantwana. You should have seen them eDobsy stadium bekungathi kudlala bona. NiJaiva ngathi nimenyiwe jou moer!
posted: 11:20 pm

Contenders of goal of the season so far:

1. Oupa "Aceee" Manyisa ... u can ask Sandilands.

2. Benni McCarthy ... u can ask Etafia.

3. Tokelo Rantie ... u can ask Phadi.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 11:21 pm
wow,wat a free kick,Benni is world class n just needs mo game time.
Chimps fans have put bad luck 2 swallows once again.LMAO
posted: 11:21 pm
I've got a soft sport maswaiswai says 1 of de family business team fan.Shame on u kaizerchiefs.
posted: 11:22 pm
Nongoloza ukhohlwe Ace Manyisa ... U can ask number 1 hlokoloza dancer Khune.
posted: 11:22 pm
Is it really necessary to swear for one to get a point across? Jislek...

Back to fooball. Leal forever fumbles with his squad. Klate is a liability on the left and should have been replaced in the first half. I think Thwala must start playing more football on the left ahead of Cloete. Bennie still performs
TMG 2009
posted: 11:22 pm

I already gave my reasons, we need continuity in the squad and BENNIE doesn't provide that to the country due to age and fitness problems and they are not about to stop...he is a legend yes but not in the national team, just like Nomvete they can only give quick and temporary solutions to our problems but not something beyond 2013 and more hope you understand!!! If you don't kgosi'etsho ga ke itse gore nka tlholosa jang go feta mo!!!! The dancing clowns time has come for them to see the exit door I support CHIEFS but love my country more, if you swanky comments yesterday I was against the inclusion of most CHIEFS players just coz we not playing well at all!!!
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