Maritzburg down champs Bucs

2011-08-24 22:44

Pietermaritzburg - Maritzburg United clawed back from a goal down to bag an upset 2-1 victory over defending champions Orlando Pirates in an Premiership match in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday.

Pirates striker Benni McCarthy was initially the hero for his team, scoring in the 24th minute, but ended the match as the villain after he was sent off.

The visitors came out firing from the outset, keeping Maritzburg's goalkeeper, Shu-Aib Walters, on his toes.

The home side had their first realistic attempt at goal in the 17th minute when Prince Olomu took a half-chance with Pirates' Siyabonga Sangweni blocking his shot.

McCarthy, who was handed a yellow card for handling the ball in the 12th minute, redeemed himself midway through the first half when he deflected a pass from Thulasizwe Mbuyane to the top left corner of the Maritzburg net.

The Buccaneers continued to push forward and enjoyed the majority of the possession, but struggled to find cohesion.

They received a massive blow shortly before the interval when McCarthy was shown his second yellow card for violent conduct when he challenged for a ball in the air.

The former Bafana Bafana striker was subsequently sent off, leaving Pirates with 10 men.

Martizburg came out firing in the second half, showing some serious intent for the first time in the match.

With a player short, the pressure from the hosts proved too much for the Buccaneers, and Diyo Sibisi connected with an inswinging corner from Felix Obada to equalise.

Pirates seemed rattled after the goal, and Maritzburg increased their intensity on attack.

The home side seemed to grow in confidence, making the most of their opportunities, and asked numerous questions of the Pirates defence.

Maritzburg took the lead in the 77th minute with Mor Diouf heading the ball into the top left corner from a Peter Petersen cross.

It was the home side's first win of the season, after two drawn matches, and Pirates were handed their first defeat.


  • Ilcas - 2011-08-24 23:08

    Keep it up boys,u made us proud,,,Peter K

  • Samurai Demo - 2011-08-25 00:10

    PSL = crap pitches, crap football and crap atmosphere at stadiums. its embarrassing 4 world cup hosts. these pitches on television look like the backyard of a farm.

      Achmat - 2011-08-25 07:17

      must be a pirate fan blam everything but thenselves

      Daddy - 2011-08-25 07:27

      Sore loser, taking everything from the Maritzburg win....

  • Larry - 2011-08-25 08:16

    Big FAT McCarthy is going 2 cost pieRATS this season. Overrated fat f#*k nje. 4 Life KHOSI!!

  • donnytone - 2011-08-25 08:35

    Bucs must just remember that they fired a winning coach who won a game or two while Bucs where a man down. Luol or whoeva his name is cud not do that

  • nake.sawoni - 2011-08-25 08:54

    akga we play nice football but the speed to forwad is very very slow and lwegawati is a nightmare together with thwala plus waster mayambela akkgaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa nxiiiiiiiiiih we need some changes

  • Musa Ngubane - 2011-08-25 10:03

    Benni is more arguing with the referees than playing. This will be costly for Pirates.

  • Setshutshu - 2011-08-25 11:30

    Congrats to maritzburg, your plan worked. From the onset it was clear that you intended it to be a rough game, and thanks to your referee that you paid R1000. What an idiot! He should go to the NFD and learn to referee. He is an embarassment to the referee fraternity. Granted the 1st goal was legit, but to order a retake of a free kick because someone threw an empty plastic bottle on to the pitch, which had no effect on play, it's proof of bias. He did not even caution maritzburg players when they fouled Pirates players. In any case, well done, just make sure you take this referee with you wherever you play your rugby tactics, you will definitely win. The red card, was uncalled for. I bet the referee is one of the people who deslike McCarthy. How the hell do you expect a player to jump for the ball with his hands in his pockets?

  • Tsholo - 2011-08-26 18:33

    Let the PieRats fans stop pointing fingers at the ref.They had their best team on the field of play and they should have shown character and won that game. Blame the coach's strategy to stand pressure. Well done Team of Choice!!

  • brown_bread - 2011-09-05 21:48

    Ma PieRats aba bethwe!!! Rena Amakhosi reya busha :)

  • Relephant - 2011-09-07 18:02

    Balrog Demon clearly wasn't at Harry Gwala. The new pitch is a good one with excellent drainage. The atmosphere at the match was also great. (Prior to the move to their new Harry Gwala stadium Maritzburg played at Woodburn; and as this was also a rugby ground, the surface and grass length was often not suitable for good football). After that disgraceful moving of the semi-final last year it feels as if justice has been done!.

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