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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: 10:22 pm
We lost but six cups in two years was a great achievement & no team in the PSL will undo that record, & there is still hope only if we get the rite coach.
posted: 10:22 pm
Since they rotate goal kepers, they should rotate supporters too. PSL must come very hard to this dogs. This is the Only referee who does refuse to accept a brown envelope. Thanx Mr Smith. We said it before that this dogs win with the help of the middle man. Take the referee away u will see what we talking about
posted: 10:23 pm
ola mabhaxwaniya.
Magaya: The Double Winner
posted: 10:23 pm
The treble is on! These hooligans think that they have birth right to win cups after 10 years of drought.now the psl dc must deal with them. Bennie mcardy is stupid period...hoooray supersport!!!! What a quiet evening! These fools keep campaining for josephs that he should be number 1 for bafana...what???
posted: 10:23 pm
Very sad but I have been given whip!!! now I can feel how is like to be whippp.
posted: 10:24 pm
Wooooooooah!!!!! Congratulations SSU !! U were brilliant!! U deserve de win!!
posted: 10:24 pm
He he Feelo did say that the Parafin stove izolandwa and the Gorillas did that......
Now the game of footbal is really gonna be played this season
Sxokzin WaLeKhosi
posted: 10:25 pm
No more treble champions la, thank tha Lord! Hooligans of tha highest order! 3 Ships whiskey to tha toothless one, i say cheers to that.
posted: 10:26 pm
Eight years of drought has begun.u r going 2 be distracted by that elusive 2nd star.McCarthy arrogance and ill discipline is costing Pirates
posted: 10:26 pm
Matsatsantsa a Pitoli u were fan-tas-tic. U wanted des more dan us Congradulations
posted: 10:26 pm
Brilliant , Pirates were tactically pulled apart, they were embarrased at their own backyard, I can sleep well tonight,Lalani ngenxeba mabhakaniya.what up with fans behaviour ? ,Why are you throwing missiles ? ,ripping chairs ? ,Bad losers
posted: 10:26 pm
Hai The Kardshians always bringing the drammmmma
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 10:28 pm
Finally!! Myeni was skinning defenders.

For what cause?
posted: 10:28 pm
shappa matsatsantsa shappa ,vala mulomo wa ma pie rats.they thought owned mtn 8. they out hahahahahaha. watch sundown 2morrow destroy swallowes. shapa
The Boss
posted: 10:28 pm
They thought they were invicible.
posted: 10:29 pm
3 by 3 hahahahahaha. 3 games in a row, 3 goals , 3 red cards, 3 missing teeth from Moneeb, 3 skippers
posted: 10:31 pm
U r spot on my brother. We were pulled apart. Thx 4 de words! De less said about the fans de better indeed dey r very bad losers! Sies!!!
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 10:31 pm
Mpho Makola and Masuku in a semifinal

Quality United FC

posted: 10:32 pm
bathi amaDouble Trebble Champions, Bathi u Bennie McCarthy, Bathi yiGalaxy FC....KUPHI KHONA!! LMAO shapa matsantsantsa shapa!!!!!
posted: 10:33 pm
Bunny Mc Fetty cost the rats
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