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Nedbank Cup Final match report: Orlando Pirates 3-1 Bidvest Wits

Posted: 17 May 2014 Time: 14:02

Kermit Erasmus struck twice as Orlando Pirates claimed Nedbank Cup honours with a 3-1 win over Bidvest Wits in Durban on Saturday afternoon.

In a combative final, Wits scored first through Jabulani Shongwe, but Bucs hit back after the interval via efforts from Man of the Match Erasmus and ex-Students ace Sifiso Myeni at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The Buccaneers were under heavy pressure to deliver after stumbling at the last hurdle of the CAF Champions League, the Telkom Knockout and MTN8 earlier in the campaign.

Vladimir Vermezovic's charges started the tie brightly, as Erasmus's shot in the box nearly snuck under goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs as early as the opening minute.

Soon after, Pirates had a decent penalty shout rejected by referee Zolile Mthetho amid claims S'boniso Gumede handled in the area during a goal-mouth scramble.

The Clever Boys, though, drew first blood in the 26th minute, as Shongwe thundered the ball into the roof of the net from close range following good work from Sthembiso Ngcobo.

Gavin Hunt's men finished the stanza promisingly, although they lost the services of Calvin Kadi just before the recess as he damaged his knee when making a tackle on Happy Jele.

Wits threatened early into the second period, as Ngcobo's ferocious free-kick from range, following a foul by Thandani Ntshumayelo on Sibusiso Vilakazi, was unconvincingly kept out by Senzo Meyiwa.

The Sea Robbers, however, drew level in the 52nd minute, as Erasmus converted Oupa Manyisa's cut-back from the right with the help of a deflection from 14 yards.

At the other end, Meyiwa did well to foil a Ngcobo flick-on following a long throw-in by Phumlani Ntshangase.

Pirates then took the lead in the 63rd minute, as Myeni poked the ball home from a few yards out, with Manyisa once again providing the assist.

Erasmus made it 3-1, and effectively ended the contest, in the 72nd minute with a clinical strike in the box.

Wits, to their credit, nearly reduced the deficit in optional time, but Meyiwa made a brilliant stop to deny a bullet header from substitute Ryan Chapman.

Livefyre comments on this story...

skwayTHEghost
posted: 2014-05-18 10:14:20

gebhula4sure HE IS PREPARING FOR A TRIP TO SPAIN you know that he is a loyal fan so at zoorena they listen to their fans! i wish him a guud trip!!! hahahaha kuyanyiwa eNAZOORENA!!!

skwayTHEghost
posted: 2014-05-18 10:19:05

K53 Rhino YEBANA!!!! i hear that you r in spain and you r busy celebratin your win in the CAPITEC CUP!!! ZIKHIPHANI??? anyway read this "kuyanyiwa eOrlando!! lice &piezz" kuyafiwa eNazoorena baba in your dum louzy voice!!!!!

skwayTHEghost
posted: 2014-05-18 10:24:58

Glamour Boy who cares about your analyses? go and analys your teams cup final win(in the holad champions cup and the capitec cup) what a double!!!! same day! khosi liboza....animal crisis in zoorena animatednews.kc.lp

skwayTHEghost
posted: 2014-05-18 10:29:29

Champions league silver medal eish bhakaniya my blood is red, ma bones are white and ma ass is black and they can all lickk it(zebraz)!!!! once a pirate, always a pirate!! hppy people till we die!! what more do want?

skwayTHEghost
posted: 2014-05-18 10:31:21

Themba_DTC_1937 true bhakaniya... now we must bring in Leo Messi hows that?

skwayTHEghost
posted: 2014-05-18 10:32:46

K53 Rhino kuphi khona!!!! leee enazoorena we the hunger as striken!!!!

skwayTHEghost
posted: 2014-05-18 10:34:55

Cleverboys dnt worry poi that was a lesson for AFRICA be cool of course thats not offered in there(WITS)....lets prepared for the safari now okay?

skwayTHEghost
posted: 2014-05-18 13:15:51

where is captain fantastic(LL14)???? the most successfull captain in the PSL era!!!!

skwayTHEghost
posted: 2014-05-18 13:18:14

Oostende KV mara why?????? AJ15 DESERVE  europa football!!!

Mhlonishwa Jabz1Two3Cebz
posted: 2014-05-18 14:55:04

Now, go and enjoy your bonuses and come back rejuvenated so you guys can win everything that is on offer next season 

Keep calm and support OPFC  

metalwolfofficial
posted: 2014-05-18 14:59:20

skwayTHEghost metalwolfEntek uthini wena sani? Khuluma uzwakale baba. Futhi uhlekani grand-grand?

LungileRadebe
posted: 2014-05-18 16:51:27

Halala mabhakabhaka.Now checkout Jaz & Beyonce-run (cinematic trailer)http://goo.gl/W15YFg

1in10
posted: 2014-05-19 09:19:43

BYE BYE TO (Silver till next Golds)................enter (Gold till next Gold)

Enough Said !!!

Once and Always....(Gold till next Gold)

FUTBOL_LAVA
posted: 2014-05-19 10:03:30

Let the game begin. We're taking everything on offer next season

Pinkie_ Tunechi
posted: 2014-05-19 11:53:32

Delowaziyo you know football, I was complaining about that, two goals that manyisa assisted for Erasmus and myeni to score.But any way its football things happen.

Uncle Madevu
posted: 2014-05-19 13:39:14

Chiefs.....thanks for buying all the tickets to support BUCS...I APRECIATE IT

Stixzonenic
posted: 2014-05-19 17:00:56

Unamanga LEON NDOZA for CAF runner up was R10million, MTN8 R800 000, Telkom knockout R1,750 000 and Nedbank cup R7million and do your thorough calculation to find your answer instead of lies. 

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