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Oupa Manyisa of Orlando Pirates and Vusi Khumalo of Ethekwini Coastal

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Sangweni spares Orlando Pirates’ blushes in Nedbank Cup

Posted: 10 March 2012 Time: 22:19

Siyabonga Sangweni scored a late goal as Orlando Pirates advanced to the Last 16 of the Nedbank Cup with a narrow 1-0 win over Ethekwini Coastal FC.

The competition’s defending champions were expected to cruise to a comfortable victory, but a brave performance from the fourth-tier hosts, particularly their goalkeeper Celi Ndwandwe who claimed the Man of the Match prize, meant the Buccaneers had to sweat to claim the win.

Pirates dominated the game from early on, but it was Ethekwini who almost took a lead inside the first 10 minutes, with midfielder Sihle Ndluli unlucky to see his goal-bound effort cleared off the line by Thabo Matlaba after ghosting past Moeneeb Josephs.

From then on it was the Buccaneers who looked likely to find the back of the net, as they dominated the middle of the park and made effective use of their wide players, but Ndwandwe proved a difficult man to beat.

On 16 minutes he produced a great diving save to turn away a swerving long-range shot from Oupa Manyisa, and six minutes later he showed great reactions to keep out a Benni McCarthy header.

Pirates thought they had scored deep into injury time at the end of the first half when Manyisa saw a long range effort rebound off the crossbar, allowing Isaac Chansa to turn home the loose ball, but the Zambian midfielder was flagged offside.

Bucs kept up the pressure in the second half and almost broke the deadlock on 55 minutes when Ndwandwe parried a low effort from Dikgang Mabalane into the path of Thandani Ntshumayelo, but the midfielder put his effort off target.

On 73 minutes Ndwandwe came up with another excellent save, just about keeping out Tlou Segolela’s shot after Ethekwini had failed to clear their lines and allowed the Pirates winger a chance to get away an effort on goal from inside the penalty area.

10 minutes later McCarthy almost found a goal but his well-struck free kick flashed over the crossbar. By this stage Ethekwini were really struggling with players suffering from cramp and injuries as a result of the high tempo of the match.

Finally, on 86 minutes, Pirates found the back of the net. Defender Siyabonga Sangweni, who has become a real kingpin at set pieces since moving to the Buccaneers at the start of the season, headed home from a corner.

It was cruel on brave Ethekwini, but in truth they had offered little going forward and only a great defensive performance, especially from their goalkeeper, had kept them in the match up until conceding the late goal.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 11:14 pm
I don see any relevance re Downs and Pirates games, Pirates fans shouldn't poke their business in Downs scoring 24-For your info, that's a set record even if we are knocked out in the next round, we still hold that record, as we hold THE P.S.L RECORD.....So leave Downs on your embarrasing performances and start to accept and work on your dropping standard:
posted: 06:47 am
Was Benni playing? hahahahhahhahahahhhahhahahahhahahhahahhahahhahahaahhahhahahhahahahahahahhhahahhahahahhahahahahahahhhahahhhahahahahahahhahahhhahahh. Cows....
posted: 08:49 am
My take is this time around you cant blame the couch he basically gave you guys what you wanted. Bennie played as you wanted and I still belief that he makes a good super sub (he is really unfit). This time around the players screwed up the other team actually had to do nothing in order to keep Pirates from scoring as the whole 90+ minutes they made silly mistakes... not sure if they were anxious or over confident. But really in this game the players messed up.
posted: 09:13 am
FrankT: 2012-03-11 11:56

1-0 or 24-0 or 100-0 makes no difference all winners get a spot in the last 16 an avalanche of goals does not automatically puts the winner in the final jumping all other matches like the last 16 , quarter final and semi final

Your team under-performs and you cut your nose to spite your face: winning by an odd goal has nothing to do with Downs: Orlando Pirates is escaping narrowly in every game they are playing...it's high time you focus and stop being denial that the wheel is just turning (not on your side's favour):Downs fans are not bragging about 24 goals we scored agains Powerlines, but rather we are content with a professional approach and the performance we displayed (to set a record is just a bonus): next time, be relevant and dont' try to take away what we earned: focus on your problems
posted: 09:18 am
How come kickoff didn't list players from Ethekwini Coastal FC above?

These amateurs wanted to play a players without his card.
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