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SuperSport United, Orlando Pirates MTN8 semi-final ends goalless

Posted: 19 August 2012 Time: 16:59

The MTN8 semi-final first leg match between SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates at Peter Mokaba Stadium ended in a goalless draw on Sunday.

SuperSport had Edwin Gyimah sent off just before half-time, while Pirates finished the match with 10 men as Rooi Mahamutsa was sent off at the death.

It is bound to be a heated return game next weekend. Neutrals will hope to see fewer cards and more goals.

The Buccaneers will be disappointed that they were unable to take advantage of having a man's advantage for more than half of the match.

Pirates started the stronger of the two teams and had a penalty appeal turned down in the eighth minute when Benni McCarthy's goal-bound shot was blocked by Bevan Fransman. Replays suggested referee Thabo Nkosi got the decision right.

SuperSport then settled into the game, with their midfield trio of Gyimah, Geroge Maluleka and Moffat Mdluli making life tough for Bucs, although the hosts struggled to create clear scoring chances.

The two best opportunities of the first half went the way of Pirates. On the half hour mark Thulasizwe Mbuyane controlled an Andile Jali cross before getting away a low shot from a tight angle that trickled across the face of goal.

Four minutes later left-back Thabo Matlaba surged into the box with a mazy run before cutting inside to shoot with his right foot, but Fransman again was in the right place to make a crucial block.

Just before the half-time break Matsatsantsa were reduced to 10 men when Gyimah received a straight red card. The midfielder lashed out in retaliation at Manti Moholo after a 50-50 challenge between the two, and was given his marching orders.

Pirates were lucky not to be reduced to 10 men themselves when Jali, already on a yellow card, committed a foul against substitute Franklyn Cale that was worthy of a straight red, never mind a mere second caution, but this time the match officials missed the offence.

On 68 minutes Mpho Makola had a great chance to score his first goal for Pirates after great set-up play by Tlou Segolela and Mbuyane, but he directed his shot straight at Ronwen Williams.

Pirates continued to pile on the pressure in an attempt to take advantage of their numerical advantage, but were unable to force a goal against a determined United defence that allowed them nothing but half-chances in the last quarter of the game.

The match ended in controversy, with Pirates' Rooi Mahamutsa sent off after the final whistle for an idiotic kick on Thabiso Nkoana.

Previous comments on this story...

El Kampion
posted: 06:54 am
MTN8-2010

Bucs vs Zebras in first leg at home -score 1-1(and after that Hobos said the is no way we will come back)

Bucs vs Zebras in second leg-score 1-0(Mashego castrating Cowne) and Bucs to the final....
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MTN8-2011

Bucs vs Chokers at Orlando in first leg(3-2 to Bucs) and again Hobos stuck their filthy noses where they dont belong and said Bucs wont make it at PTA

Bucs played a draw in the second leg when Ace made Sandilands see stars and Bucs went to the final.

And in that final,Ace Castrated Cowne with a thunderbolt and then he said he didnt see it,he was polishing shoes(that kiwi ad)
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So haters,Bucs have been in such situations before and like it or not Bucs will play in the final come Sep 22


I will only respond to fans of whom their team are still in MTN8 and the rest can go to suck themselves.

Pelo
posted: 06:56 am
We'll skin em in Orlando, starting wednesday!
Khosiologyst ...''Echte Liebe''
posted: 08:37 am
When will this violance stop mara? 1st In Lonmin(Marikana) now yesterday at Peter Mokaba Stadium....nxh nxh nxh nxh.

ORLANDO PIRATES PLEASE STOP THE VIOLENCE ON THE SOCCER PITCH..........and again they put a a referee who looked he had a few drinks after an official from Mayfarm flashed a brown envelope in his face.
Champ Thivhu
posted: 08:50 am
is the man in the picture (black & white) a soccer player? He is so slender... Please pay al your players well.



Sthera da Bucs master
posted: 08:52 am
You can say wateva u want haters, u r entitled to ur opinions,, a draw away from home is gud results,,, We al know that Orlando Stadium is a slaughter house, so rest assured that we will see a different and scoring DTC team.. Wat r we to do if the team packed the bus for the rest of the game.. Am not making an excuse, the most important thing is that we ddnt loose nor conceded a goal... We will score in Orlando and we will WIN the game... Pirates is all about winning.... Bucs I remain 'tilsome animal admit that Pirates is 5 skippers.... I love it for the Pirates.
Sthera
posted: 08:53 am
You can say whatever you like, come the end of Saturday Pirates will be on the way to the final. No ways that SS can beat Pirates, keep on dreaming haters but it won't work.
OJITAA
posted: 09:03 am
I MUST SAY THAT I AM IMPRESSED WITH Manti Moholos Performances!!
Cl!ck
posted: 11:00 am
I said it before, and I'll say it again.. RATS won't win any cup this season, the next and a further 4 years.. If you have a problem with this statement.. K!ss mine and Bobby's @ss..
Procedure
posted: 07:57 pm
That was a disastrous perfomance by Pirates.I was amazed to see Augusto Palacious taking nout Benni and replacing him by Colins.What was short at Bucs was a striker to partner Benni not to replace him when we need trophies.
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