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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.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:29 am
Monday should be declared a Public Holiday for the sake of all Non-Pirates Fans. We must speak to Pres J.Z. Everyone wanted Pirates to lose so they got their so called wish. As for Bucs fans let's forget about what happened and focus in our own house, Bucs is a big team, Everyone else use Bucs as their perfomance Metric....l
CJB Ramses III
posted: 10:30 am
Bless you brother....
posted: 10:59 am
I was made to understand that ref Daniel(6minutes)Bennet is the one to blame. By the time he tried to phone ref Smith to inform him about the arrival of the brown envelope, he had already switched off his phone. I like it for pirates. Those of u who don't believe that every dog has its day I'm sure u have been proven wrong. Supersport fc will always be close to my heart after last night
posted: 11:05 am
Slowly but surely Pirates will regret letting go of Ruud Roll and Craig Rosslee......

Teboho Moloi always complained that Pirates played boring football under Kroll, he hasn't changed anything, In fact its worse than before Khoza must act a.s.a.p............
Swona Champ!
posted: 11:42 am
'Even though he stole some money, we are still glad we have the stadium.' Kaizer Chiefs supporter Themba Sibabane, speaking outside the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court, where the team's manager Bobby Motaung appeared on charges of fraud relating to the building of the Mbombela stadium.
Swona Champ!
posted: 11:50 am
did chiefs win something last night? by their posts one is temptent to think they lifted the league!
Ghost Ninja
posted: 12:31 pm
Swona Champ!
posted: 11:50 am
did chiefs win something last night? by their posts one is temptent to think they lifted the league!

@ Swona Champ...Kaizer Chiefs won the league last week Wednesday, last night they increased their chances of claiming the domestic double by beating DTC to proceed to the MTN8 Finals. I will swallow my pride and congratulate Chiefs for their achievements,,,*claps hands*

Once A Pirate Always A Pirate

posted: 01:58 pm
We were pathetic and Benni was the worst of them all. Be a team player and stop being a drama queen!
posted: 02:33 pm
ooohh! i feel sory for chiefs because all cups for this season are already gone.
i.e 1 for supersport n 3 for pirates
hardluck guys betterluck next season
Mthinayi (Bugs Killer)
posted: 03:58 pm
Mfethu the common factor on this blog is soccer. Sometimes we bit out of line because of certan circustances, nothing personal infact we are all sharing same blood that is soccer.
posted: 07:05 pm
Well done Supersport. For the change, we manage to sleep peacefully and not being nagged about so called triple champions. The reason why pierats lost was that the referee forgot to award them penalty because they cant score if the ball is rolling.
posted: 08:35 pm
To all the Pirates fans,we're sorry to do this to u,but dont keep on blaming the ref,Ref was not scoring goals.U didnt defend enuf and the better team won,Ssu is not a walk in the park,u knew it and ignore it.Last week we were disadvantage with 1 player and u didnt capitalised,So this time u've got it,and we punish u.Thats football,and that behaviour is totally unacceptable in SA football,nogal in ur own backyard,that stupidity at the best,U win or Loose in this game,Wish MTN hit u so hard that u wont forget.SSU eShappa go tshwana le Amaberethe.Shappa TSatsantsa Shappa.
posted: 08:04 am
The best team won...

Bhakaniya I remain...
posted: 09:01 am
@ Chimpanzee Mriyo, Nespray is a Myeni
look alike, Drag Queen(king) & all other
Sonono rats supporters who are using
colorful word to describe us...u're
probably part of the same group of small
minded hooligans who were tearing
apart yo own stadium after the
massacre brought about by Gavin
Hunt&his well organised team, blaming
the ref for yo own shortcomings?! So
much for a 5 skipper team, mxm!
U were all on cloud 9 as soon Sunclowns
eliminated us believing u were
guaranteed a trophy...so why should we
not bask in yo misery?! u're an average
team with an average coach who were
on form,now that yo ineptness has been
exposed, u turn to cursing us &
vandalising yo own facilities...grow out
of that small team mentality u spineless
posted: 09:40 am
The giantmidget said it and again I am saying it.

We dont know how to score goals. we dont create clear cut chances and we have players who are short tempered..

with that in mind, we are team that has quality players who goes to the pitch without a game plan.
its not the coach but players..
posted: 10:32 am
Pirates is a good team, the problem is coach Augusto Palacios , he listen to certain players and do as they say.
As for most Pirates fans, you should be worried and face reality, counting previous achievements wont help in the near future, how can a team like Pirates play 3 games without scoring even a single goal?
posted: 03:58 pm
ha haaaaa e ne e PHAKA PIE-RATS
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