Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates powered to a 2-1 victory over SuperSport United to
progress through to the semifinal of the MTN8 at the Orlando Stadium on
Pirates joined Platinum Stars and Wits in the last four
of the knock out cup competition. The remaining spot will be filled by
either Kaizer Chiefs or Mpumalanga Black Aces who square off at the FNB
Stadium on Sunday.
Pirates, buoyed by their home supporters,
came close to breaking the deadlock within the first quarter with
striker Kermit Erasmus collaborating well with midfielder Thabo Matlaba.
The duo in tandem proved a handful for the United defence with
penetrative attacks on the flank but poor finishing let the opponents
off the hook.
After some applied pressure in the heart of
midfield, Oupa Manyisa got sight on goal but fed through a delightful
through pass which landed kindly for Dane Klate who finished past Senzo
Meyiwa in the 31st minute.
Pirates showed no mercy to the
opposition as they pounded United with a relentless onslaught.
Buccaneers were dominant in their victory over the Pretoria-based United
as they ran circles around the vulnerable opposition defensive system.
Soweto heavyweights took full advantage of the dysfunctional United
defence, overwhelming the visitors with a blistering running style of
With the match seemingly headed for the break with a single
goal, the sharpshooting Erasmus punished United after another defensive
lapse from Matsatsantsa.
Playing against his former club,
Erasmus made no mistake in the penalty box with an accurately placed lob
over Ronwen Williams into the back of the net in the 39th minute.
resumed the second-half in the same manner they ended the first with
more lacerating runs on the flank which almost led to the third goal.
were aiming directly for the jugular as they pressed United backwards
with winger Mpho Makola running riot over the likes of Clayton Daniels
in centre back.
Against the run of play United built some momentum and caught Pirates off-guard at the back with a sensational counter attack.
central midfielder Thato Mokeke fed through a tantalizing pass in the
box which found David Mathebula who calmly slotted the ball past
The goal only seemed to spur the opposition as
Pirates went all out in attack in an attempt to put the match to rest.
The Buccaneers looked like a well drilled outfit and in the 56th minute
Matlaba hit the upright of the goal posts when scoring appeared easier.
brought on new striker, Lerato Manzini, who complemented Bradley
Grobler upfront and they pegged the Pirates defence back in the last 15
Manzini combined wonderfully with Thuso Phala who passed
Grobler a great ball through to beat the defensive line only to shoot
wide of the net.