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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...

posted: 2014-05-17 13:43:09

Free scoring Vilakazi, how many goals? Last time I checked parcow wasvop goal scorer with 5 penalties or something

Mthinayi Bugs Killer
posted: 2014-05-17 13:54:50

Its cyring time komakhalanjalo, kwaaaaaa

posted: 2014-05-17 13:55:41

Kulungile Baba 

posted: 2014-05-17 13:56:45

Its not over

posted: 2014-05-17 13:57:19

Erasmus you pumpkin!!! You are not OP material!!! O selfish!!!!

posted: 2014-05-17 13:58:26

Lol,the wr busy celebrating sundowns victry n now wt happen with pirates

posted: 2014-05-17 13:59:16

I knw how to loose a final,said VV...

posted: 2014-05-17 13:59:25

PiRats is like a boy promising to pass but failing the same grade all the time, looks like its a forth fail in a row

posted: 2014-05-17 14:01:34

@Mooki12;...ln simple words,ba dirile jaaka metlha.LOL

bank robbers
posted: 2014-05-17 14:01:44

Ga ka menya ke tla letaba

T-Man wa leKhosi
posted: 2014-05-17 14:02:10

Small teams, can't wait for Barca vs Atletico show down

posted: 2014-05-17 14:04:05

At this stage, Pirates is seeing red. They must try a black kit on the second half!

Jay Bee
posted: 2014-05-17 14:04:08

Where are you hiding now, back in your hole?

Jay Bee
posted: 2014-05-17 14:04:59

Where are you hiding?

posted: 2014-05-17 14:06:34

Looks like we heading to extra time which will be decided by penalties. Are we going to see who was real Pirate number one?

posted: 2014-05-17 14:06:38

Khosi.. Is that the La Liga decider??

Jay Bee
posted: 2014-05-17 14:06:38

Park the bus Gavin, and remove the wheels.!

posted: 2014-05-17 14:08:22

Park the bus Gavin and put a traffic roadblock..

Jay Bee
posted: 2014-05-17 14:08:25

Noma aMaChiefs ba hlekisa ngathe, kulungile! Hee kulungile somandla!

KhosiNyce 01
posted: 2014-05-17 14:11:28

Brown envelope at play. Soze uve

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