Pirates break Chiefs hearts

2012-07-29 09:34

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates lifted the Carling Black Label Cup, beating arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs 5-4 on penalties in front of a record crowd at FNB Stadium on Saturday evening, after the match ended 1-1 in regulation time.

Pirates converted their shootout strikes through Rooi Mahamutsa, Oupa Manyisa, Daine Klate, Siyabonga Sangweni and Ndumiso Mabena.

An effort from regular-time hero Benni McCarthy was saved by Arthur Bartman, while Siyanda Gcaba's kick came off the woodwork.

Chiefs converted through Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Kaizer Motaung Junior, Josta Dladla and Kingston Nkhatha, while Lincoln Zvasiya, Siyabonga Nkosi and Keegan Ritchie all missed.

Ironically, Ritchie also missed in the competition's first instalment last season, when Pirates had also prevailed on penalties.

However, the Buccaneers snatched the intense clash from Amakhosi's grasp this time around, with Chiefs seconds away from winning the trophy.

In front of 92 702 spectators at the Nasrec venue, Chiefs had taken an early lead through Abia Nale who netted in the 10th minute from a George Lebese supply from the left flank, with the Pirates defence caught napping.

McCarthy then headed in an injury-time equaliser with the last play of the match from a Daine Klate corner kick.

The highly anticipated Soweto Derby clash again called for fans - and not the respective coaches - to vote for the starting line-ups and a substitution to be made in each team.

While the match itself was far from a classic, with players still searching for match fitness, it produced moments of entertainment.

Chiefs showed some enterprising play but were guilty of holding on to the ball, while they showed they could be a threat with cohesion when on the counter-attack.

There were early moments when striker Lehlohonolo Majoro proved to be a threat to wingback Bheki Nzunga, who had been a late addition to the starting line-up after Thabo Matlaba fell ill.

Pirates, meanwhile, were sluggish in the first stanza with expectations heaped on last season's successive treble winners.

They had a sparkling start to the match, with McCarthy finding space to manoeuvre a shot in the opening seconds, but they dropped down a notch before they clawed back with chances shortly before the interval.

Mark Mayambela, in a rare start for the club, managed to sneak in a shot that narrowly went over Itumeleng Khune's crossbar.

Fellow winger Sifiso Myeni placed a telling cross that was timely cleared by Tefu Mashamaite with McCarthy lurking behind.

The second half fizzled with both sides making a number of substitutions.

Both sets of keepers - Khune for Chiefs and Pirates' Moeneeb Josephs - were substituted with Arthur Bartman and Senzo Meyiwa, respectively, shortly before the hour mark.

Penalty sequence: Letsholonyane scores, Mahamutsa scores, Motaung jnr scores, Manyisa scores, Dladla scores, Klate scores, Gould misses, McCarthy misses, Nkatha scores, Sangweni scores, Ritchie misses, Gcaba misses, Zvasiya misses, Mabena scores


  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-07-29 09:54

    Up the buccs!!

      kenny.mandiwana - 2012-07-29 12:42

      Yaaa!!! I understand that Chiefs is our realy LunchBox.

  • Ashley - 2012-07-29 10:17

    Go Pirates...The beginning of a wonderful season for the boys...I hope....

  • mabhekana.nzuza - 2012-07-29 11:16

    Pirates did not break us heart, put it clear unfit refery Daniel Bennet broke us heart. You can't add 7mnts and said is injury time 4what?

      paulos.hlongwane - 2012-07-29 12:27

      it was an injury added because of the time wasted when players were recieving treatment during the 90min of play, shapa juju shapaaaaaaaaaaaa

      bonganigm - 2012-07-29 15:53

      well....da ref also didnt give us(Pirates) penalty after Gould handled the ball in the 18....but do u hear any Buccaneers complaining????no !!!!Chiefs supportes shud learn to accept be defeat graciously cos u guys seriously lost to the better team on the day....

      boulvy.selala - 2012-07-29 21:11

      Lol..Limpopo engrish

      benjamin.mafalo - 2012-07-30 08:22

      Tht ws nathng 8mnts ws added whn pirates beat sundwns, jst accept tht th best team has won up th bucks

  • Mixo Mthombeni - 2012-07-29 12:55

    Happy ppl 4 lyf

  • tshepo.sekgobela.12 - 2012-07-29 15:32

    Its obvious that Kaizer Chiefs was playing defensive football, if they hadnt, they would've scored more goals. Well done Pirates.

  • thabo.matutu.1 - 2012-07-29 16:09

    I am Chiefs fan ,I am happy about way my team played , they lost the game because they were too cautious. being defensive was not solution , whatz up with Kaizer jnr getting a nod ahead of Ngcobo ?, Plz coach , many crosses were not effective, we should work on those .Chiefs being luchbox ,Im not too sure.

      khachane.thejane - 2012-07-29 17:11

      Which game did Chiefs fans and supporters watch. These people are loyal to the club including the reporters. They report as if the match was balanced and yet Pirates was far better than their counterpart. Let me warn those loyal supporters, expect very little from an English coach. Reporters please be honest by reporting what happened instead of trying to promote Kaizer Chiefs. Shapa Pirates shapa

  • kudakwashe.p.munhenga - 2012-07-29 20:37

    Yoh thats it guys @ 1 l thought it wld end lyk that bt l wil alwayz suPPORT U ORLANDO PIRATES THE SUPERSTARS

  • mpumelelo.khumalo.39 - 2012-07-29 21:46

    that was a life BENNY UP DE BUCS

  • mzijimmym - 2012-07-29 22:21

    Hayi bo!This is no longer sports,its child abuse!Please report Pirates at nearest police station.Kooze kubenini iChiefs shayiwa?Sail on and on Mighty Bucs!

  • cosmas.ngwenya - 2012-07-30 09:21

    i wil quit reading ths sports24 if i dont get the name of this amaturish biased reporter, u think chiefs was better? WTF!! PIRATES PREVAIL, thts wat the headline should be, pliz dont spoil the news24 brand

  • bplupiya - 2012-07-30 09:41

    Mr Mutaung! are you still struggling to solve X....

  • mandla.mtshweni.9 - 2012-07-30 10:59

    Its all thanks to Daniel Bennet ,Iam a true Khosi4Lyf Pie-rats were not in de game for 90 min and they know it....

      cosmas.ngwenya - 2012-07-30 11:35

      checkout the ball possesion statitics....

  • nkululeko.mkhize2 - 2012-07-30 11:09

    If u buy a bunch of useless defenders they will defend for ninety minutes , what do u expect ? In fact I would have loved if this heading read “ Pirates does it again ” shaaaaapa Buccaneer shaaaaaapa !

  • thandolwethu.hlongwane - 2012-07-30 11:56

    It is true the repoters are biased, their reporting is not impartial and objective, Pirates was the better team on the night,Kaizer Chiefs should learn, you can not lead Pirates by 1-0 and just assume you've the game before the fat lady sings, I admire the fighting spirit the pirates team has, they fought till the very end, they never accepted defeat.

  • thandolwethu.hlongwane - 2012-07-30 12:00

    Its true the reporters were not objective, Pirates were the best, I admire their fighting spirit, they never accepted defeat despite the fact that it was injury time.Chiefs should learn that you can't lead by 1-0 assume you've won. Up the Bucs!

  • - 2012-07-30 12:55

    I dont care about it anymo, Pierats was just lucky Jambo got injured and thats wher he got a space dammit

      mmakiwane - 2012-07-30 13:16

      Benny Mccarthy is so rude and uncouth how can you deliberately elbow someone like that and the referee turns a blind eye to such crudeness. I think he will come up a cropper one of these days. He survived swearing at a Supersport player last year when an Ajax player was redcarded against Free State Stars last year and you get so called analysts deliberately ignoring such rudeness.

  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-07-30 15:33

    Pirates are just the best.....

  • ediba.ngambo - 2012-07-30 16:09

    Chiefs still very far from catching up with the form of ther rivals...

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