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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...

Vez'ikhanda
posted: 12:05 pm
I luv da Beautiful Birds n proud of all da players used in plan A n B except Cheik Cisse(Plan C), I wish Gordon cn start using Cisse n Machapa as plan D when thez no any other striker or midfielder He cn use otherwise Swallows has a strong team... I am stl bleeding coz I wanted da team to win a trebble n dat's no longer possible but surely da league is ours....Bleeding Bird coz luzing 2 pirates is lyk luzing 2 SIVUTSA STARS....EISH
Anonymous
posted: 02:11 pm
smangaliso wake up nd u stil after last nites loss ,hw cn u compare the two ?i cn see tht u dnt knw anythin abt soccer u sound like a bobby fc fan
Vez'ikhanda
posted: 03:02 pm
@gaape......Dnt tok abwt knowledge of soccer coz my knowledge myt be beta dan yours, da only thng i dnt knw in da PSL is a team called bobby fc dat u claim i am a fan of. I am a fan of moroka swallows if u dnt knw it by nw.
Vez'ikhanda
posted: 03:08 pm
@gaape......Dnt tok abwt knowledge of soccer coz my knowledge myt be beta dan yours, da only thng i dnt knw in da PSL is a team called bobby fc dat u claim i am a fan of. I am a fan of moroka swallows if u dnt knw it by nw.
Anonymous
posted: 04:08 pm
my apologies sma i thought u wer one of those zebras/bobby fc fans
♫►Kheuzen
posted: 07:05 pm
the match saw both teams playin their hearts out: Mighty Buccaneers showed that never say die spirit. Yu dersevd it boys. BM17 yu are a classic, a complete striker/footballer, yu control the game. I like it when yu hav the ball n try to bring the boys into the game. Tokelo Rantie is cuming yur footsteps_that guy is a marvel to watch, he is physically strong an intelligent. His smartness will show one that football is mastered in the mind.
I think McCarthy and Nomvete are one of the best strikers SA has ever had followed by Manyathela and Killer etc

I Wish you the best of luck Boys
♫►Kheuzen
posted: 07:07 pm
the match saw both teams playin their hearts out: Mighty Buccaneers showed that never say die spirit. Yu dersevd it boys. BM17 yu are a classic, a complete striker/footballer, yu control the game. I like it when yu hav the ball n try to bring the boys into the game. Tokelo Rantie is cuming yur footsteps_that guy is a marvel to watch, he is physically strong an intelligent. His smartness will show one that football is mastered in the mind.
I think McCarthy and Nomvete are one of the best strikers SA has ever had followed by Manyathela and Killer etc

I Wish you the best of luck Boys
cazizmoh
posted: 10:29 am
tjo! tjo!i jst saw the pirates swallows game! m a chiefs fan but tjo benni stil has quality tjo tjo tjo ! khosi 4 life
ramudzuli
posted: 12:12 pm
family business fc.............stop cryin
Zosha
posted: 01:21 pm
Congratulations boys!! Where are the haters now?? Chips??
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