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01/05/2010 20:15

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.

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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’)

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