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Orlando Pirates beat Golden Arrows in the Telkom Knockout Cup semis

Posted: 26 November 2011 Time: 22:09

Orlando Pirates beat Golden Arrows 3-1 in the Telkom Knockout Cup semi-final played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.

Abafana Bes’thende seemed on course to upset the Soweto giants when they surged ahead through Robyn Johannes, but goals from Siyabonga Sangweni, Thulasizwe Mbuyane and Oupa Manyisa guided the Buccaneers into their second successive final in this competition and a fifth Cup Final within the last season and a half. Dillon Sheppard was sent off for Arrows in the second half for a second bookable offence.

After a cagey opening to the game, Pirates almost opened the scoring in the 21st minute. An innocuous-looking long ball from Siyabonga Sangweni saw Benni McCarthy out-jump Musa Bilankulu and power a header onto the crossbar, with goalkeeper Helton Da Rocha well beaten.

Bucs looked the likelier scorers in what was a tightly-contested game, but Arrows surged ahead just past the half hour mark when former Pirates player Robyn Johannes picked up a pass from Dillon Sheppard, burst through the visitors’ backline and beat Moeneeb Josephs with a low shot.

From a former Buccaneer getting on the score sheet, it was soon the turn of a former Arrows defender to level the scores: Siyabonga Sangweni redirected a shot from Rooi Mahamutsa beyond Da Rocha in the 40th minute to leave the game locked at 1-1 heading into the break.

With just under 20 minutes to play, Pirates went into the lead when good pressure from Daine Klate and a mix-up between Mzivukile Tom and Da Rocha allowed substitute Thulasizwe Mbuyane a straightforward chance to put Bucs ahead – he duly guided home a left-footed shot to make it 2-1.

Any hopes Arrows had of sending the game to extra time were snuffed out on 83 minutes when Oupa Manyisa added to Pirates’ advantage by converting a penalty. The spot kick was awarded after Dillon Sheppard fouled Lucky Lekgwathi in the 18-yard area and earned a dismissal for a second bookable offence.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:44 pm
Let the rooting begin. Senyama, isikhwakhwalala, amabhadi we chimps bewane Arrows today. Amabhakaniya ajabulile. Bhakaniya till chimps fans root for bhakaniya.
Anonymous
posted: 10:44 pm
Congratulations Bakhakaniya.it was hard earned win,a team work.its a fighting spirit by everyone but we are still struggling.too many things are wrong in my team but God is with us,we are a blessed team!
Anonymous
posted: 10:45 pm
We are waiting for Bidvest Chiefs
Anonymous
posted: 10:48 pm
A cup final without pirates = macufe cup. Amabucaneer a jabulile. We wil keep on doing it 4 da pirates.
Anonymous
posted: 10:49 pm
I heard that PSL panties has been admitted in da hospital afta Bucs score da 3rd goal.shame poor psl panties.u are welcome to join us King has got da forms u can contact him.hahahahaha.
Anonymous
posted: 10:51 pm
Iwisa kaizer arrows 1-3 Orlando pirates... and Deshi is angry, why vele.
Anonymous
posted: 10:52 pm
SORRY KAIZER ARROWS TRY NEXT TIME MMMH KUKHONA ABASHAYWE OKWESITHATHU MANJE LOL..WHICH TEAM U GONA SUPPORT NOW,WITS OR SANTOS..?
Anonymous
posted: 10:54 pm
The likes of golden Arrows r useless. If it was Ajax that they beat we should be talking a different talk. Gona jwanong we must suffer bcause the fools have won. Sies
Anonymous
posted: 10:54 pm
Yet another final, kanti baphi abanye mina I'm tired now. 4 sure we'll win tripple is cuming again.
Anonymous
posted: 10:55 pm
yes we won but i am not sutisfied with the type of football we played,anyway tough luck to zebra funeral parlour fc fans,well done BHAKAJUJU.
Anonymous
posted: 10:55 pm
I wish the final can play in Durban,its just a second home away from Orlando!I feel sorry for Zebra fans,they are all over the place trying to cheer for our opposition.its sad,and they have even gone as far buying opposition merchandise.I actually saw a friend who support Zebra wearing Arrows jersey!
We moer everything that crip & fly!
Anonymous
posted: 10:55 pm
Couple of comments:Even though Jali has developed a big head I think he plays better than Khuboni & he deserves a Bafana place.I don't know how many of you saw a moment between Mbuyane & Mashego after the game which reminded me of Mbuyane's article abt a cligue?Pity it was short on TV.Lastly congratulations to Pirates,they deserve the victory,though I still feel Leal is not a good coach.I just wish that Bobby understand quality.We can't really fool ourselves with the players Chiefs have & compare them with Pirates.This coming 6 months will proof that Chiefs have quality that Bobby always talks abt & if Chiefs win Nedbank & League I will be happy.Although it is highly unlikely.To Pirates supporters I think u waste much time commenting negative abt Chiefs than celebrating ur success.
Fela
posted: 10:57 pm
Nywenywe nywenywe i cant c Pirates beating Arrows nywe nywe i cant c Pirates beating Wits nxxx this zebras. What a first class performance, bring both Wits and Santos in the final to meet PIRATES so that the doubting thomases can be satisfied.
Anonymous
posted: 10:59 pm
I cant imagin the hear beat of the following people:.All psl...,Tzozo,Michael(Gucci),Amkhosi,Amakhosi,Phemela,Zakumi.com,Sputlaldinho,Nkanyim,the # is endless.Shame to Hollard funeral society.
Anonymous
posted: 11:00 pm
Ok deshi asiy'bali ipenalty ke. Emara the sabc commentators. I hear it's the same naku ss. Hey basazofa abantu yinhliziyo ezib'hlungu
Anonymous
posted: 11:05 pm
the so called commentators sucks big time. They have serious issues neBhakaniya. They are biased. Mabhakaniya from today ngizobukela ibhola and listen to radio at the same time.
Anonymous
posted: 11:06 pm
Lol!sorry kaizerarrow#kwaaaa#
Anonymous
posted: 11:06 pm
Ouch...wat r u doing Lekgwathi,Yoh..Muhsin,this a final exams,r u giving up,u don't know how 2 solve 4x..Plz ask Leal 4memo!
chronic2001
posted: 11:07 pm
i heading for yet another blackout i mean really

chronic2001 gabs,botswana
Anonymous
posted: 11:10 pm
I want to hear from that fool called Tzozo. Up the bucs till FB fans accept that Pirates is the best team in SA.
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