Buc­ca­neers cruise to 4- 0 victory in early Ned­bank Cup de­fence

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG — Or­lando Pi­rates got their de­fence of the Ned­bank Cup off to the per­fect start cour­tesy of a dom­i­nant 4- 0 win over rookie out­fit Tor­nado FC in Soweto last night.

Len­nox Bacela scored his third goal of the sea­son just six min­utes in, be­fore Than­dani Nt­shu­mayelo scored ei­ther side of half­time, while Si­fiso Myeni scored in the dy­ing min­utes to seal a com­fort­able win that books the Buc­ca­neers a spot in the next round.

It took no time at all for Pi­rates to stamp their author­ity on the game and were awarded a penalty for a push on Bacela in the area.

Bacela was handed the ball and made no mis­take from the spot- kick, send­ing the goal­keeper the other way and hand­ing the Buc­ca­neers the lead with the game less than seven min­utes old.

Tor­nado were left reel­ing af­ter a breath­less open­ing 10 min­utes and were soon un­der even more pres­sure as Pi­rates came surg­ing for­ward.

Chances opened up for Mpho Makola, Bacela and Si­fiso Myeni, but it was Nt­shu­mayelo who dou­bled the hosts’ lead af­ter 20 min­utes with a well- taken goal from Makola’s square ball into the mid­dle of the box, se­cur­ing his first of the sea­son.

Tor­nado, from East Lon­don, were no match for their Soweto coun­ter­parts and stut­tered to half time look­ing some­what star- struck by their more fan­cied op­po­nents, who were un­trou­bled on all fronts.

Bizarre scenes fol­lowed 10 min­utes af­ter the break when Ma­pogo Mphakane was booked for a sec­ond time in the match but was not sent off by ref­eree Shane Chuma.

Mphakane was booked for the foul on Bacela in the first half that led to the penalty and open­ing goal and was then booked again early in the sec­ond half.

Chuma failed to re­alise his mis­take and it took the in­ter­ven­tion from the fourth of­fi­cial to get Mphakane re­moved from the pitch, some seven min­utes af­ter he should have been shown red.

Down to 10 men, Tor­nado strug­gled to keep up with the Sea Rob­bers. Makola came ag­o­nis­ingly close to adding a third on 70 min­utes when his long- range ef­fort was par­ried onto the cross­bar by Tor­nado’s goal­keeper.

But just two min­utes later, Nt­shu­mayelo was on tar­get. He bagged his sec­ond of the night with a cut in­side, fol­lowed by a strong fin­ish at the near post that snuck un­der Tor­nado’s shot- stop­per, some­what for­tu­nately for the hosts.

Pi­rates could have added at least two more but were let down by some poor fin­ish­ing at the last sec­ond as Menzi Ma­suku and Myeni both skied their ef­forts from dead in front, leav­ing a frus­trated Eric Tin­kler gaz­ing on from the sides.

Myeni was even­tu­ally re­warded and bun­dled over a cross from Thabo Rakhale, scor­ing three min­utes from the end to put the re­sult to bed and wrap up a thor­oughly mis­er­able night for the guys from the Eastern Cape.

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