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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: 11:47 am
let us continue to win dis cups en let them continue calling themselves cup specialist*lol*
Anonymous
posted: 01:22 pm
shapa buccaneer shapaaaaaa
Anonymous
posted: 03:15 pm
Sure Prince. Every player @ bucs works hard. Just that others r unlucky @ times. Bt i dnt think a coach wud field a player just bcause he likes him over another.
Anonymous
posted: 10:12 pm
Benni must stay at bunch plz
ramas100
posted: 07:40 am
Baba should stop commenting pirates games.........he is alwz talking shit....ITS PITY WITS CHIEPS is going play us on the 10 do u know this date.......u can neva beat pirates on this date....
ramas100
posted: 07:41 am
Baba should stop commenting pirates games.........he is alwz talking shit....ITS PITY WITS CHIEPS is going play us on the 10 do u know this date.......u can neva beat pirates on this date....
Botswanian4life
posted: 08:19 am
and the journey continues,Pirates rule SA football,is a fact people.
Once and always till Bartman understand 16 Days of Activism

Askies if ke le ronkgetswe
Pirates ke Ayoba
KING?
posted: 08:38 am

MABHAKANIYA - The entire Durban was Red,Black and White.

Moses Mabhida was Red,Black and White.

there where like 40 stressed Chiefs fans sitting as a bunch of losers.

Was Pirates found in Durban, Durban people love Pirates.
Pirates is not 1 skipper team or Gayser Chiefs aka Family Business FC
posted: 08:45 am
@Khutso : 2011-11-27 22:12 [ Report ]

Benni must stay at bunch plz

Are you a Golden Chiefs Family Business FC Supporter? Stop nonsense comment boy. We are head to beat Wits 4-0 in the final. Bennie will score 2 goals.

Shapa Galaxy shapa.
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 10:13 am
Balakaletsi ha ba shweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee..!
Rona re ja Jooooooooooooooooooooooooooooyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy..!

Buccaneer till Bobby produce a CV..!!
Lungstar
posted: 12:56 pm
We r congratulated de best team in SA football
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