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Sundowns through in Nedbank Cup

Posted: 9 May 2010 Time: 17:08

Mamelodi Sundowns beat Orlando Pirates 3-1 in the Nedbank Cup quarter-final on Sunday.

The game ended 1-1 at full-time, and Sundowns scored twice in extra time to take the game.

Isaac Chansa opened the scoring for Bucs with a penalty in the 8th minute.

Downs equalised through Koketso Mmotong on 83 minutes, and scored again three minutes into extra time through Lebohang Mokoena. Tso Vilakazi added a third on 115 minutes.

Pirates were down to 10 men after Josephy Kamwendo had received his second yellow card in the second half.

Ruud Krol's side started with a real sense of purpose and energy, which they maintained throughout the first half.

Sundowns coach Trott Moloto did not seem to have got his tactics quite right and his cause was not aided by some lacklustre play by Downs.

And it took Bucs just eight minutes to take the lead when Phenyo Mongala earned a penalty after he drew Esrom Nyandoro into a foul inside the box.

Isaac Chansa did the honours, beating the outstretched hands of Brian Baloyi with a spot kick into the right hand side of the net.

Pirates continued to dominate the game, looking far more hungry and they were close to a second when Mongala’s shot was deflected towards Mabena, but Baloyi made a brave save.

Mabena then missed a great chance when he was picked out by Mongala’s cross, his indecisiveness proving costly.

Sundowns had to wait until first half injury time for their first real chance, which saw Matthew Pattison bringing down a through ball expertly but then not having enough purchase on his right-footed shot which was saved by Senzo Meyiwa.

Pirates had two late chances in the half, but Mabena and Thulasizwe Mbuyane were not able to capitalise on a couple of goal-mouth scrambles.

Sundowns were given a lifeline to get back into a game in which they had been second best when Sea Robbers midfielder Joseph Kamwendo received his marching orders for second yellow card after 51 minutes.

This proved to be a pivotal moment as the complexion of the game changed dramatically after that.

Now it was the Brazilians who were on the front foot, pushing forward in wave after wave of attacks.

Bucs though did well to protect Meyiwa, but with the pressure remaining consistent from Sundowns, something had to give.

The breakthrough for the Tshwane side came in the 78th minute when Mmotong was left unmarked at the back post to slot home a straightforward first time shot.

Pirates though still had fight in them and it was the Soweto side who enjoyed the better of the chances in the remainder of regulation time as Dikgang Mabalane went close and Chansa had an 86th minute effort saved by Baloyi.

Sundowns appeared to be running out of steam towards the end of the 90 minutes, and the sides looked evenly matched.

But the Brazilians took the lead with a goal out of nothing when Mmotong’s snap shot struck the post, allowing Lebo Mokoena to slot home into an empty net from six yards out.

Pirates had to wait until the second period of extra time for the opportunity to level the game, but Chansa shot weakly while Mabalane’s cross glanced the bar.

But with Bucs throwing everything forward, gaps opened up at the back and Benedict Vilakazi added a third goal five minutes from time.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 05:33 pm
they wil always b our daily bread
posted: 05:40 pm
What's wröng wt de 1937 boyz @ Dbn dey a spaget alwayz
Maestro KC
posted: 05:44 pm
You can never bank on Piecity, useless, simply useless. That red card killed them but they had the game in their hands. Why did Kroll put in Mashego, that player should be released on free transfer to Chiefs and we will make a star out of him. He is useless at Pirates.

Another season without a trophy, what a shame. Never again will I put my money on Piecity regardless of how good they play.

Next final four:

Sundowns v/s Wits
Amazulu v/s FSS

posted: 05:45 pm
Shapa Tso Shapa
posted: 05:50 pm
Ha ha ha haaaaa!Bolaya sundowns Bolaya ha ba shwe.Ghost back 2 the grave.Khoza after the world cup you must concetrate to your club.
posted: 05:52 pm
It wasnt a beat up but a decipline installation!!!.
posted: 05:52 pm
When will Pirates win a trophy?
posted: 05:55 pm
like gays if u r allergic to ikuku you'll remain just like dat. Sonono fc is allergic to cups so what did u expect? Bulala Sundowns bulala
posted: 05:57 pm
ha ha ha ha!
The sabc 1 commentator " wow pirates players r droping lyk flies"
posted: 05:58 pm
the fact is; molto knows nothing when it comes to soccer. why the hell did he put xulu in the bench? johannes is too slow and he lacks game time. anyway i am happy with a win but i beleive we are better off without moloto. i miss stoichkov that man was a tactician, you would always see when the team returned for the 2nd half that that something new was said to them by the coach. if i am wrong i am soory mabrazilians. viva sundowns viva(without moloto)
posted: 05:59 pm
nywe nwe pirates wil win khupi khona shappaaa sundowns shappaa join ur son chief and play golf.once a chiefs always a fool.
posted: 06:00 pm
Krol thanx 4 ur time. One does not become a bad coach overnight and u certainly took ur time 2 show ur incompetence. Leave Bucs now before we make you.
posted: 06:08 pm
that mlungu(pattison can play. we nearly saw 44 paasses again today. up the brazillians
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 06:12 pm
Congrats to Sunflower for protecting the dignity of cup football by thrashing this very USELESS team. HAd Piecity gone further and won the cup (which they haven't done) in more than 10 years the dignity of Cup football wud be badly dimished.
posted: 06:13 pm
pirets players got cup fobia. sonono you must be ashame of yourself because you contributed on this bad performance by pirets nxx.
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 06:13 pm
I'm sure even the most stubborn supporter of this USELESS team will agree than this team is indeed USELESS.
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 06:15 pm
I said to all the STUPID useless Pie-city fans last time they were celebrating Chiefs loss to wait until they win the Cup and celebrate once they have won the Cup. The ugly fools didn't listen.Now the suffering continues.
posted: 06:15 pm
all psl trophies 2010-05-06 17:05

CHEESE: did your circus team win anything
in the previous season?

Let me tell you.
You better prepare
for next season
because you are not
going to win
this game.
pie-lerete is

Nyandoro's contract
was terminated
by his witch
doctor after failing
to settle his arrears
on time.

so have to 4get it.

CIRCUS are going home
empty handed as usual.
Pie-panty is very
hot and angry.And hungry.
Shapa pie-panty shapaa.


i wonder what you were drinking on that day. but you support chiefs, i am not supprised.
posted: 06:16 pm
Now that all small teams (Tuks, fc CT, tawana, pirates and Golfers chiefs) are out, lets play peacefully.
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 06:18 pm

1. Your USELESS team was knocked out of the NEdbank Cup today.
2. It has been 10 years since you won anything.
3. Chiefs won a cup some 4 weeks ago.
4. We Chiefs fans have gotten over our loss to FC CApe Town.
5. Many of us are happy that vyou have been thrashed.
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