Benni brace seals title

2012-05-19 17:05

Durban - Orlando Pirates defeated Golden Arrows 4-2 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday afternoon to claim their second successive Absa Premiership title.
Benni McCarthy’s second half brace proved decisive for the Buccaneers who were being held 2-2 at half time after goals from Lucky Lekgwathi, Siyabonga Sangweni, Dillon Sheppard and Katlego Mashego.
The match started off at a quick pace but it was the hosts who threatened to open the scoring in the 10th minute when Siyabonga Nkosi beat Lekgwathi on the left side of the penalty area, but his low shot was blocked by Moeneeb Josephs at the near post.
Six minutes later fullback Thabo Matlaba came close to putting the ball in his own net when he tried to clear a cross from Mzivukile Tom, but he was relieved to see the ball coming off the upright.
The deadlock was eventually broken in the 26th minute when the visitors spread the ball wide to the right where Tlou Segolela was able to deliver a pinpoint cross for Lekgwathi to head past Da Rocha.
However, the joy was short-lived as Arrows levelled matters just one minute later when Josephs was beaten by a low shot from Dillon Sheppard which took a bounce in front of the Bucs goalkeeper.
Muhsin Ertugral’s men the extended their lead in the 29th minute when former Pirates player Katlego Mashego fired a left-footed free kick past Josephs’ reach.
The Buccaneers then rallied forward in search of the equaliser but were denied by some good goalkeeping from Da Rocha as blocked a shot from Thulasizwe Mbuyane in the 31st minute, before denying McCarthy six minutes later.
Augusto Palacios’ men did eventually draw level in the 40th minute through another defender as Sangweni connected with a cross from Daine Klate to head the ball into the back of the net.
The Buccaneers started the second half as the stronger side, using both wings effectively and it almost paid off in the 53rd minute when Segolela found McCarthy inside the penalty area, but he sent his header over the crossbar.
McCarthy did get it right eight minutes later when he got in ahead of his marker to head past Da Rocha from a long throw-in from Rooi Mahamutsa.
The former Porto star then grabbed his brace in the third minute of added time as he curled his free kick in at the near post from the edge of the penalty area to hand his side a two-goal cushion.
The Sea Robbers then held on for their lead to finish on top of the log with 58 points, while Arrows dropped to 13th place with 32 points.
Lamontville Golden Arrows (2) 2 (Sheppard 27’, Mashego 29’)
Orlando Pirates (2) 4 (Lekgwathi 26’, Sangweni 40’, McCarthy 61’ 90+3’)

Lamontville Golden Arrows: Da Rocha, Tom, Nkosi (Van Heerden 70’), Mvalo, Mashego, Ngobeni, Johannes, Khuboni, Mlotshwa (Mbesuma 54’), Sheppard, Zwane (Hadebe 84’)
Orlando Pirates: Josephs, Matlaba, Mahamutsa, Sangweni, Lekgwathi, Segolela, Manyisa, Jali, Klate (Chansa 74’), Mbuyane (Rantie 90 +6’), McCarthy


  • Anele - 2012-05-19 17:11

    what a win ,well done boys i will die in pirates ,amakhosikazi emva

  • kwaaito - 2012-05-19 17:15

    In case you missed the match like me

  • mphoza.rathiyaya - 2012-05-19 17:16

    Benni da Man He deseve player n player player of de Sezen... UP DA BUCS... Ntswu nga swili...

  • mphoza.rathiyaya - 2012-05-19 17:17

    Benni da Man He deseve player n player player of de Sezen... UP DA BUCS... Ntswu nga swili...

  • Quantronium - 2012-05-19 17:19

    U cant kill ghosts with arrows

      Zenzile Tshanda - 2012-05-19 18:49


  • Mkhululi Yekani - 2012-05-19 17:23

    Who said bucs can't do it???sum are cry sorry.

      Bheko Bhengu - 2012-05-19 18:05

      Up the Bucs

  • Maemarous - 2012-05-19 17:28

    Benni is simply top class! I'm surprised Pitso still can't see this very obvious fact. What does he have to do to earn a place in Bafana???

  • victor.davi3 - 2012-05-19 17:33

    4more celebration twitter Handle @Victor54_SA \r\njoin at facebuk. Victor Shiburi La Valdezia.

  • Lesetja Sema - 2012-05-19 17:36

    yes benni is gud but not gud enough 2 play 90mins. Bucs u really deserve de champions

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-05-19 18:00

      But he is far better than Mphela

      salani.hulela - 2012-05-19 18:39

      Exactly Paul and also that his goals came in the second half proves that he can play 120 minutes.up the treble camps!

      pmahlangu - 2012-05-19 18:52

      but he played 97? and scored after 90 nje???

  • humphrey.s.mbothwe - 2012-05-19 17:45

    Bennie McCarthy deserves a call up to Bafana-\r\nBafana for next years AFCON. He has proven to be a better striker than Pitso's favorite Mphela.

      Kevin - 2012-05-19 20:21

      Pitso has been embarrassed..

  • Christopher - 2012-05-19 17:51

    What ever\I don't mind ka marapo\I\m khosi 4 ever

      Zenzile Tshanda - 2012-05-19 18:37

      jealousy will make you ugly.

  • Lesetja Sema - 2012-05-19 17:54

    i don't think we need benni. he is gud 2 play in de Psl but not 4 bafana, plz stop this

  • mpfanisto.makatu - 2012-05-19 18:26

    Big fat brown envelope! Corruption in SA! The master will remain the master n the slave willl remain the slave!

      Zenzile Tshanda - 2012-05-19 18:33

      elaborate !!!

      percy.mesuli - 2012-05-19 19:24

      Wat big fat brown envelope?Pirates won fair n square b a gd compatriot n cheer 4 Pirates who defied all the odds 2 win evry cup they've won ths season

  • Aubrey - 2012-05-19 18:35

    Shapa Baccaneer Shapaaa ,till the END of time, Up the BUCKS.

      Heiku - 2012-05-20 05:45

      My sentiments exactly. BUCS 4 LIFE

  • mbekiseni.ndlangamandla - 2012-05-19 18:40

    Once upon in the history of PSL, Pirate did it again. Happy people 4 life. what a good finishing I knew when they add 7minutes Pirate must do what they usually do, minutes after 90minutes is always for Bucs. Dube birds hard luck Majimbos try again next time GAME IS OVER. Happy People For Life.

  • John - 2012-05-19 18:42

    Well deserved owners of the title. UP THE BUCS!!!!!

  • mbekiseni.ndlangamandla - 2012-05-19 18:51

    If you want to be happy, join the Bucs. We are going to Africa onother histiry will made soon. Leopard wish you guys good luck in Africa games.

  • Pule - 2012-05-19 19:59

    Match was fixed,Benni football is bigger than you,please treat others with respect...

      Kevin - 2012-05-19 20:22


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      mark.jackson.33821 - 2012-05-20 10:32

      @ Pule if you have evidence of match fixing please go to your nearest police station and report it. Well done Benni once a striker always a striker.

  • Linky Moralo - 2012-05-19 20:11

    What a come back, deserved champs. Happy people 4 life,

  • Siphokazi - 2012-05-19 20:36

    I am so happy Pirates did it again.Benni rocks forever.Up the Bucs.

  • Ayanda - 2012-05-19 21:43

    I wonder wht is pitso mosimane's comment after benni scoring a brace 2 claim a league title 4 orlando pirates?

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  • Aweee.Auuu - 2012-05-19 22:45

    In other news... Jomo sono will NOT be firing the current coach despite dismall perfomance this season.

      Aubrey - 2012-05-20 10:17

      I think he must be Jailed for life in Prison,for the team to go up and down is uncolled for .

  • Linda Zwane - 2012-05-19 23:20

    ubani ikhehla?

  • vezudumov - 2012-05-19 23:51

    Shaya bhakaniya shaya

  • Sibusiso - 2012-05-20 04:33

    Give Benni a full and noise a stadium he will embrace the place wt love. Benni the man who came for a reason he forgot abt a afrcan champions focus on da league. Tsatsa mbakambaka tsatsa

  • mapioza - 2012-05-20 13:44

    I did say and am now echoing what I previously said: come August, the South African soccer fratenity will hail the treble masters. We did it and we did so in style. We went to Durban, not to bask and tan on the beach, but to collect OUR cup. We are the best in the business of collecting three cups in a season and watch us as we try to do that three times in a row. We are making winning a treble a standard and a norm in South African football. Hail the Mighty Bucanners, the treble masters, the Sea (and PSL) Robbers hail.

  • mzijimmym - 2012-05-21 09:37

    What a sterling perfomance and glorious feast of goals. Congratulations to my team the Bucanneers! We have changed the soccer accronyms: PSL to Pirates Soccer League, MTN to Motaung Takes Nothing and ABSA to Almighty Bucs Sweeps All boards!

      mpilo.buthelezi.1 - 2012-06-10 18:00

      M very very proud of being an orlando .p fan........ubani ikhehla phekwabo benni ha ha ha ha ......***rocker fela****

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