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Orlando Pirates march on in Nedbank Cup

Posted: 1 May 2010 Time: 22:18

Orlando Pirates beat Als Puk Tawana 4-0 at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night to advance to the quarter-final of the Nedbank Cup.

Thulasizwe Mbuyane got Pirates going with the first goal nine minutes in and Phenyo Mongala scored a second for Pirates in the 22nd minute. Further goals from Ndumiso Mabena on 34 minutes and the Man of the Match Dikgang Mabalane in first half stoppage time saw Pirates home.

Pirates could have bagged more goals in the second half but casual finishing saw them miss a host of chances which could have made the score line more glamorous.

Pirates went in search of an early goal to settle their nerves and came close to finding the game’s opener when Isaac Chansa’s angled lob from the edge of the Tawana 18-yard area flew over Marosha and hit the outside of his right hand upright.

Shortly thereafter a schoolboy mistake saw the visitors concede a corner and elementary marking by Tawana from the ninth minute set piece was to lead to the game’s opening goal. Josephy Kamwendo teed up the ball perfectly for Mbuyane, who crashed it past Marosha from close range to put Pirates a goal up.

Puk Tawana, needing to finding a way back into the game, resorted to a quick short passing game which culminated in them being able to open up space for striker Ramahuma to have a shot at goal, and his long range effort in the 13th minute had Senzo Meyiwa diving full length to make the stop.

Pirates spurned a number of chances, with Mabalane and Mbuyane missing the target from close range before managing to score a second. It came when Mbuyane was able to knock the ball through the legs of Tawana defender Letlabika to Mongala waiting unmarked to his left, who was able to side-foot the ball home from close range to put Pirates 2-0 up and in control of the game in the 22nd minute.

A third goal looked in the offing and it duly arrived in the 34th minute when a long ball sent Mabalane clear on the right; he in turn floated the ball perfectly on to the head of Mabena, who rose up and headed the ball downwards against the post. The ball hit Marosha, who tried to scoop it off the line, but the power of the header saw the ball go over for Pirates’ third goal.

In first half injury time Pirates went further ahead. Kamwendo rolled the ball forward to Mabalane who turned two defenders inside out before stealing a march on goal and knocking the ball wide of Marosha for goal number four.

Seven minutes into the second half Pirates could have surged further in front but Mabena was too casual when played into space by Mabalane; instead of driving the ball home he opted to chip the ball over Marosha, who jumped into the air to tip the ball over his post for a corner.

Pirates coach Ruud Krol was in a generous moo,d given that his team was cruising at 4-0 in the game and handed veteran midfielder Joseph Makhanya his first appearance for the Buccaneers this season, bringing him on for the destructive Mabalane in the 74th minute.

Pirates: Meyiwa, Makonese, Mabalane (Makhanya 74’), Jele, Manyisa, Kamwendo, Mongala (Nyanda 79’), Lekgwathi, Chansa, Mbuyane, Mabena (Fanteni 65’)

Tawana: Marosha, Letlabika (Nkhanyiso 64’), Mkhwanazi, Mapuru, Digoamaje, Sekgotho, Shongwe, Phetolo, Julies, Mkhize (Makudubela 64’), Ramahua (Nguzana 48’)

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:43 pm
Atleast dis tym u played as a unit. U deservt 2 win but FSS is going 2 win dis 1.
posted: 10:45 pm
This was an easy win for pirates
posted: 10:52 pm
Hahahaha,where are the doomsayers now. They wanted us to lose so bad but that was just wishful thinking. Letla re sheba lere shebe,letla re shebela mahala. Letla bolawa ke dipelo. Up the Bubs. Kabo Red,black and white.
posted: 10:54 pm
Meant: Up the Bucs
posted: 11:01 pm
Chloorkak sunkak. U r de nxt
posted: 11:05 pm
Kc is out.yes. Netbank cup 4 crobers. Always pirates.
posted: 11:06 pm
hey Wonder I guess it wont be Downs v downs in the final after all
posted: 11:08 pm
Let's wait & c if pielerete wil win dis 1.
posted: 11:09 pm
Edgar??? I sincerely hope this is Edgar Rammutla. We could use some objective insight on this blog
Pirates is not 1 skipper team or Gayser Chiefs aka Family Business FC
posted: 11:15 pm
Ass Puss Ta who? Soccer lesson for free. Though I am happy with 4 goals, I wanted 8 and again I told myself that this is the team that beat Platinum Stars 2 weeks ago, meaning that my boys have done well. The problem was that everybody gave them to much hope where there was no light, thinking that an amature team can beat big team like Pirates, in fact Pirates where made under-dogs building up to this game.

Shapa Krol Shapa
posted: 02:44 am
Well done boys lets focus on our next game now nd 4get about this win. We are going 2 disappoint alot of the BIG MOUTH chips fans. Once a Pirate Always a Pirate!
posted: 03:49 am
I cant believe y'all are proud of beating a voda league team,them kidz aint even 20yrs old but u approach them with the same playas who play agains psl teams lol,what a succes!hahahaha...im sure the kidz only practice afterschool and u think 4-0 is s0methng,thats twisted.but hey thats as far as u will go(playing minnows)im sure u will even add this on ur list of honours,while some of us add trophies afta beating "real teams",shame them kidz aint even hurt,im sure they are proud of a 4-0 from their daddies!kwakwakwa just imagine,fathers capitalising from schoolboys mistakes kwakwakwakwakwa....
posted: 06:46 am
jomo: u beat a vodacom league team and Sundowns is next?. Deep down u know that's not what u want. Dis has been sonono fc's problem in all these years that people tend to be over-ambitious. If ur playas cant score penalties what makes u think they'll score against minwana? How i wish we draw you so we beat de hell out of you? Soon some of u will be crying as always
posted: 06:50 am
khosiqueen, o bolela mpsa fela.
posted: 06:51 am
Up thd bucs once a pirate always a pirate
posted: 06:52 am
True Khosiqueen,they ar celebrating like they beat the psl side while they wer playin with kiddies!!!! shame on u Piraters lets c how far their will go, ofcos a win is awin bt playing the minnos ka TAWANA can som oeople this happy mmmmmmmh these guyz are desperate for the bt dnt forget its the last 16,wther still the quoterfinalls,semis nd final hop u bhakabhaka fan ull b still sing the same song.....THE SKY!!
posted: 06:55 am
c u next round bhakabhaka hop u dnt draw against Downs cos that will b the end of the road
posted: 07:15 am
im really happy 4 bugs! congrats! i really want pie to reach the final so that they can be humilated infront of milions viewers ,they stand a chance to be the first team to lose a cup in the new soccer city! pie-city is alergic to cups so even if they reach the final they wont win it. go pie-city go! amakhosi 'the telkom champs' 4 lyf
posted: 07:26 am
sicelo uyisilima mani nxa, who knocked out kaizer chiefs and platinum stars u mus worry about what yo team is doing cup game is full of suprises.
posted: 08:22 am
the bugs played lyk professionals last night, giving the tawana boys respect and not underestimating them. On the other hand, the tawana boys got easily carried away and wer too elaborative on the ball. It can be argued that bugs eintleik went to that game as underdogs and so it follows that this wil go down as one of the shock results of the tonament. I wish Downs will approach their game with the right mentality.
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