SuperSport United beat Orlando Pirates to reach MTN8 final
Posted: 25 August 2012 Time: 22:11
SuperSport United have beaten ten-man Orlando Pirates 3-0 at Orlando Stadium to advance to the final of the MTN8 Cup.
Very well-taken goals by Ashley Hartog, Clifford Mulenga and Mabhuti Khenyeza gave the visiting side the win.
It was goalless at the interval, but after Benni McCarthy was dismissed just before half time, it was always going to be tough for Bucs after the break.
The match was played at a furious pace inside the opening fifteen minutes until Andile Jali began taking responsibility and stamping his authority on the game.
He and fellow Bafana Bafana teammate George Maluleka were enjoying a torrid battle in the middle of the park as both teams looked to keep the early pressure on.
It took until the 14th minute for the first genuine goal scoring opportunity to arrive. Big SuperSport defender Mor Diouf tried a spectacular volley at the far post, but his attempt flew way over the bar as he leant back while striking the ball.
Then Roscoe Pietersen connected a volley from outside the danger area, which had it gone in, would have been a contender for goal of the season.
But fortunately for Pirates the attempt flew straight at Moeneeb Josephs who showed a strong pair of hands to punch away the thunderous strike in the 21st minute.
Two minutes later Nathan Paulse got the better of Lucky Lekgwathi following a ball into the area by George Maluleka, but Josephs was well positioned to save his left-footed volley.
Then, in the 32nd minute Maluleka’s swerving free kick beat the wall and just flew wide of Joseph’s near post.
Two minutes later Sifiso Myeni turned Pietersen inside out and got a clear sight of goal on his left foot, but his shot went straight at Fernandez.
Then a minute before half time saw Benni McCarthy involved in a moment of heated drama and he was sent off for a second yellow card offence.
Franklin Cale had fouled Daine Klate and McCarthy had a go at Cale, which resulted in both players being booked.
But McCarthy carried on commenting afterwards and the referee sent him for an early shower.
Then Fernandez made an excellent save, getting a tip to push Matlaba’s brilliant volley onto the crossbar.
It was a turning point in the match because soon after that Hartog got the opening goal with a superb left-footed volley.
Substitute Clifford Mulenga gave Josephs no chance with the second goal, a powerful strike after clever set up play by Sibusiso Zuma.
Finally, Mabhuti Khenyeza did really well to evade an attempted tackle before he powered home a shot to the far corner.