- A first half rocket by Kermit Erasmus and a penalty by Mpho Makola in the
second stanza handed Orlando Pirates a 2-0 win over Maritzburg United in their
Telkom Knockout quarter-final clash at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
match marked a perfect anniversary for former Buccaneers goalkeeper Senzo
Meyiwa who was shot and killed a year ago in Vosloorus.
Pirates chased the game as they struggled to retain possession in the opening
stages of the tie, the Team of Choice failed to produce good scoring
opportunities despite not allowing the host time on the ball.
after 15 minutes of action the visitors nearly stunned the hosts when Ryan de
Jongh delivered a great ball in search of debutant, Mphakamiseni Nene but
Siyabonga Mpontshane was quick to read the situation and cleared the ball.
the 21st minute, defender Ayanda Gcaba who scored a winner against university
of Pretoria in the Last 16 came close to finding an opener when he rose above
Maritzburg’s defence with a strong header, however, it went wide off Virgil
Vries near post.
the hosts regained their confidence, Kermit Erasmus showed his quality when he
outran United’s defence and managed to squeeze in a powerful shot through Vries
from a tight angle in the 25th minute following a sweet flick on by Thamsanqa
minutes later, Kurt Lentjies nearly responded with a goal when he tried to beat
Siyabonga Sangweni twice before slipping up in the box trying to take a shot
allowing Mpontshane to collect easily.
the half-hour mark, Mpontshane was called into action once again when Kwanda
Mngonyama Hartog nearly pounced behind Gabuza in the box but the keeper was
equal to the task and made a great save.
34 minutes, Mngonyama was so close to finding an equaliser from a wonderful
delivery down the left but his header went wide off the far post with
Mpontshane merely becoming a spectator.
became a headache for the visitors’ defence when he nearly netted a brace in
the 39th minute after using his pace well but Maritzburg regrouped in the box
to block his shot.
two minutes into the second stanza, Pirates were awarded a penalty when
Paintsil committed a foul on Erasmus in the box and the referee pointed to the
spot, Mpho Makola’s penalty was denied by Vries but the Bafana Bafana player
netted in his second attempt.
an interesting second stanza, the Team of Choice continued to dish out good
football but lacked creativity to break the Bucs defence with Mpontshane coming
out to make a save in the 58th minute.
25 minutes remaining, Clive Barker’s men received a free kick when Gcaba pushed
substitute Sheldon van Wyk as the visitors but Mpontshane made a fantastic
the 70th minute, Maritzburg tried to catch Pirates on a counter but Van Wyk
wasted a great chance a few minutes later as he fell on the box looking for a
penalty but it was denied by the official.
six minutes to go, Lentjies managed to get behind the Pirates defence and
managed to take a shot comfortably in the penalty area but he failed to beat
Mpontshane and his shot went narrowly wide and that was the end of their TKO