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SuperSport dump Pirates out

2012-08-25 22:38

Johannesburg - SuperSport United have beaten ten-man Orlando Pirates 3-0 at the Orlando Stadium to advance to the MTN8 final.
 
Very well-taken goals by Ashley Hartog, Clifford Mulenga and Mabhuti Khenyeza gave the visiting side the win.
 
It was goalless at the interval, but after Benni McCarthy was dismissed just before half-time, it was always going to be tough for Pirates after the break.
 
The match was played at a furious pace inside the opening fifteen minutes until Andile Jali began taking responsibility and stamping his authority on the game.
 
He and fellow Bafana Bafana team-mate George Maluleka were enjoying a torrid battle in the middle of the park as both teams looked to keep the early pressure on.
 
It took until the 14th minute for the first genuine goal scoring opportunity to arrive. Big SuperSport defender Mor Diouf tried a spectacular volley at the far post, but his attempt flew way over the bar as he leant back while striking the ball.
 
Then Roscoe Pietersen connected a volley from outside the danger area, which had it gone in, would have been a contender for goal of the season.
 
But fortunately for Pirates the attempt flew straight at Moeneeb Josephs who showed a strong pair of hands to punch away the thunderous strike in the 21st minute.
 
Two minutes later Nathan Paulse got the better of Lucky Lekgwathi following a ball into the area by George Maluleka, but Josephs was well positioned to save his left-footed volley.
 
Then, in the 32nd minute Maluleka’s swerving free-kick beat the wall and just flew wide of Joseph’s near post.
 
Two minutes later Sifiso Myeni turned Pietersen inside out and got a clear sight of goal on his left foot, but his shot went straight at Fernandez.
 
Then a minute before half-time saw McCarthy involved in a moment of heated drama and he was sent off for a second yellow card offence.
 
Franklin Cale had fouled Daine Klate and McCarthy had a go at Cale, which resulted in both players being booked.
 
But McCarthy carried on commenting afterwards and the referee sent him for an early shower.
 
Then Fernandez made an excellent save, getting a tip to push Matlaba’s brilliant volley onto the crossbar.
 
It was a turning point in the match because soon after that Hartog got the opening goal with a superb left-footed volley.
 
Substitute Clifford Mulenga gave Josephs no chance with the second goal, a powerful strike after clever set up play by Sibusiso Zuma.
 
Finally, Mabhuti Khenyeza did really well to evade an attempted tackle before he powered home a shot to the far corner.

Moroka Swallows and Mamelodi Sundowns, who drew 3-3 in their first-leg encounter, square up in Dobsonville on Sunday for the other place in the final.
 
 

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Comments
  • mawewe.mashele - 2012-08-25 22:47

    What A Game! What A Goals by Supersport.

  • fdalana - 2012-08-25 23:48

    they just made my weekend,i just wish swallows will do the same on sunday.

      strauss.steven - 2012-08-26 09:09

      Buccaneers was robbed of the match when the biased ref send Benni of. It was a bad decision by the ref. No wonder the fans got upset. Pirates fans are so used to winning that when they do loose (because of cheating ref) it is unacceptable to them

  • Giyani Thomas - 2012-08-26 07:02

    palacious the coach does not have PLAN B. Bucs need a new coach with new ideas.

  • matvee111 - 2012-08-26 07:16

    love the deadline...Supersport DUMP PIRATS...lol...3-0...pathetic....we can't wait 2 trash these losers...lol...khosi 4 life

  • matvee111 - 2012-08-26 07:17

    love the deadline...Supersport DUMP PIRATS...lol...3-0...pathetic....we can't wait 2 trash these losers...lol...khosi 4 life

  • matvee111 - 2012-08-26 07:21

    The glory days 4 Pirats r over...watch this space...it'll be draws and losses all the way...Down the bucs

  • mgratitude1 - 2012-08-26 08:20

    X-3=0 Solve for X. Khosi fr Life

  • borie.styles - 2012-08-26 08:22

    The ref wanted to gain popularity and there is no better way to do that than to red card the most visible player literally and figuratively speaking.Notoriety @ its best,thumbs down to the ref.

      zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-08-26 08:47

      The most visible player thinks with his butt. He thinks he is an alpha and omega of football. Childish, spoilt brat, arrogant, prima donna and lack of respect to other players. If I was the ref Benni would be getting red cards every game.

  • strauss.steven - 2012-08-26 09:10

    Buccaneers was robbed of the match when the biased ref send Benni of. It was a bad decision by the ref. No wonder the fans got upset. Pirates fans are so used to winning that when they do loose (because of cheating ref) it is unacceptable to them

  • Penisphant - 2012-08-26 09:48

    Bucca losers, you are not going to win everything, just accept defeat and focus on the premierleague. We can't wait to meet you and give you 6 goals. Khosi for life(win or loose)

      zukisani.mkunqwana - 2012-08-26 21:50

      first five letters of ur name says everything abt you and your khosi family , nxaa!!! 6 goals in hell it seems like you forgot that we are double treble winners , admire that don't fight it losers

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