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Seisa Ramabodu
02/04/2011 20:15

Pirates cruise past United

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.

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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’)

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