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02/04/2011 20:15

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Orlando Pirates beat United FC in Nedbank Cup

Posted: 2 April 2011 Time: 22:14

Orlando Pirates were not overly stretched as they strode through to a 3-1 win over United FC in a Nedbank Cup last 16 match at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium on Saturday night.

The Soweto giants were for the most part just too good for their first division opponents, though credit should be given to United for a fighting display which saw the likes of Thembile Kanono and keeper Nkosana Maseko standing out.

The first half was action-packed, with goal-mouth action a regular occurrence.

Unfortunately though for the NFD side, most of the goal-box incidents happened in their own penalty area as Pirates asserted their dominance from the opening whistle and were indeed on top for almost the entire stanza.

The visitors took the lead after 10 minutes when Lungisani Ndlela had the misfortune of heading the ball in to his own net following a corner kick.

The second goal was scored in the 28th minute as Oupa Manyisa hammered in an unstoppable 30-yarder after United keeper Nkosana Maseko had punched clear from a cross.

In fact, had the Buccaneers been more clinical in front of goal, they could have taken a four or five goal lead into the break.”

Malawian striker Chiukepo Msowoya missed two chances, as did Thulasizwe Mbuyane.

Tlou Segolela was also a big threat to the United defence and came close early on in the game when he forced Maseko to tip his rasping drive over the bar, and also nearly curled in a shot just before the break.

The home side’s only real chance came 10 minutes before the turn-around when one-time Bucs midfielder Kanono hammered in a low 20-yard drive in the 34th minute which kept Senzo Meyiwa honest.

Pirates had the first chance of the second half, but Shobela Leseba did well to get back and clear Mbuyane’s 50th minute effort off the line.

Keen to make an impression off the bench, former Kaizer Chiefs attacker Junior Khanye did exactly that when he changed the complexion of the game in the 58th minute by applying great technique to fire home a back post volley.

The goal took the sting out of the Sea Robbers and saw the home team playing with a renewed sense of confidence, and had Ndlela succeeded with a half chance in the 70th minute, it could have been a very different ball game.

This proved to be costly: five minutes later Dikgang Mabalane gave Bucs an important two goal cushion when he did well to bring down Segolela’s through ball before finishing coolly with a low angled drive.

Pirates could perhaps have added a fourth goal in the closing minutes, but Maseko made a couple of decent saves, while there were also a couple of wasted chances by the top flight outfit.

United (4-4-2): Maseko; Matuka, Sekete, Nxele, Kibe (Khanye 39’); Moeletsi, De Wee (Mafoka 59’); Rapulane, Kanono; Masotho, Ndlela

Pirates (4-4-2): Meyiwa, Johannes, Lekgwathi, Cloete, Mabalane, Jali, Manyisa, Segolela (Mayambela 81’); Mbuyane (Malokase 74’), Msowoya (Ndlula 85’)

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:19 pm
As was expected. I must admit that Bloem is 'beautiful'. Cameramen couldn't focus on the pitch and I can't blame him.
posted: 10:21 pm
pirates 4 da team of the season wat do u say???

Pirates is a time bomb,galaxy of starz n dat is a ...
posted: 10:22 pm
Well done to the boys... But the 2nd half belonged a bit to United FC. Malokase isn't a pirates material, Manyisa (gem). In the strikers' department there is still a lot to be done. Mame Niang & Rudolf Bester must be lured to the ship...

Bux 4eva..
The Ghost
posted: 10:23 pm
Okay whose next? UP THE BUCS!!!
posted: 10:24 pm

Bloem is 'beautiful'. Cameramen couldn't focus on the pitch and I can't blame him.
It's called the city of roses my friend & bana ba teng ba lahlile...LOL
posted: 10:27 pm
tlou rocks n dat's a fact!
posted: 10:31 pm
posted: 10:32 pm
well done guyz
posted: 10:44 pm
Bester is what dis team needs upfront... We cn Maritzburg Schalkwyk & Walaza or Mothibantwa or Kamwendo & hv Bester joining da galaxy...
posted: 10:47 pm
well done guyz,we'll b alwys bhind u.u make us proud.shapa Bhakabhaka shapaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!
posted: 10:56 pm
Terminator,thankz 4 d high spirit & d gaol u scored.we r happy dat u r back with rocking perfomance.thankz man,show us more.we lv u.
posted: 11:00 pm
this was jst a walk in the park, i am jst happy to see mabalane back in action, as 4 this hangover team shame they r so pathetic to say the least. They couldnt even get the right size 4 the keepers jersey he looked lyk he was wearing bob sticks pyjamas.lol
posted: 11:08 pm
Mxm! That amateur coach was dom to start with his el capitan Khanye on the bench, unless maybe he knows something we dont cause I must say that Khanye's hangover is now permanent...nc.nc.nc. Big teams can kill a career, Chiefs can 'murder' one! mh.
posted: 11:34 pm
they fielded their strongest team!.....they really hungry for success!..they dont want to win a cup after anada ten yeaz!...

Lekgwati cant wait to thank the chairman! Who hold his keys for everything including retirement!....firstly i wanna thank the chairman!
posted: 12:16 am
Good results & welcome back Dikgang!now we need Thwala & Lekgwathi must be rested & I'm now starting to question Meyiwa capability!I think though Msowoya missed many chances,given a fair chance he can score a couple of chances!
posted: 12:22 am
Pirates hav shown de khosikazis how 2 to warm upw with this amatures we dont bribe refs like chips 2 rob first d club.shapa de sea robers de 2$6 shapaaaaaa
posted: 12:25 am
Vele akekho umuntu ongakwazi ukty i chiefs iyababulala abadlali,coz into abayaziyo ukudlalela leza zidwanya mpuphu zabalandeli abangalazi ibhola,buka nje,u Jnr Nkanye namuhla lapho akhona wukulahlekiswa yilaba balandeli bakwenzise into u coach angayifuni bese u coach eyakudampa
posted: 01:04 am
We bucs de SA no1 team we dont nid help fr refs like those wik erection fc ouch i mean chips breging we win cup every ye those r not urs de cups belongs ur fomer sons in law i mean jesica motaungs boy friends.bucs worm hard 2 win we even win wen motaung bribe refs 2 b agains us wen we not plying this cable fifs.surf is up dude ha ha ha ha bacs until k motaung goes mens clinic
posted: 01:19 am
Shapa de sea robers shapa ma 2$6 shapaaaaa dat was warm up 4 bucs we were just tiching wik erection how 2 deal with adolisent kids fc i mean chips.bucs until k motaung goes 2 mens clinic
posted: 02:50 am
The new Vodacom logo makes the kit look terrible. Bring back the old Logo! I don't want to see Pirates lift the trophy wearing that logo.
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