PI­RATES teach AmaZulu a les­son

2018 Telkom Knock­out Cup quar­ter­fi­nal match sees Buc­ca­neers ad­vance to semifinals

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Or­lando Pi­rates thrashed AmaZulu FC 3-1 in the 2018 Telkom Knock­out Cup quar­ter­fi­nal match at the Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium in Dur­ban last night.

The win saw the Buc­ca­neers ad­vance to the semifinals, while Usuthu bowed out of the com­pe­ti­tion.

The two goal­keep­ers were not tested in the first 15 min­utes of the game as the two teams lost pos­ses­sion in the fi­nal third.

Usuthu were awarded free kicks near the vis­i­tors’ box but they could not test Bucs goal­keeper Siyabonga Mpontshane from the re­sul­tant set-piece.

The Buc­ca­neers grew into the match and they came very close to scor­ing three min­utes be­fore the half-hour mark.

Them­binkosi Lorch found him­self in a one-onone sit­u­a­tion with AmaZulu keeper Siyabonga Mbatha, who made a bril­liant save to deny the Pi­rates at­tacker.

Lorch did beat Mbatha in the 36th minute when he scored with a low shot to make it 1-0 to Pi­rates af­ter be­ing sent through on goal by Vin­cent Pule.

How­ever, the hosts re­sponded with a goal as Bongi Ntuli headed home to make it 1-1 for AmaZulu in the 39th minute with the Pi­rates de­fence caught ball­watch­ing.

AmaZulu and Pi­rates were locked at 1-1 dur­ing the half­time break.

Usuthu were happy to sit back and launch quick coun­ter­at­tacks af­ter the restart with Emil­iano Tade work­ing tire­lessly for the home side.

The Ar­gen­tine striker’s shot went inches wide of the tar­get fol­low­ing a quick move by the KwaZu­luNatal giants 10 min­utes af­ter the hour mark.

Lorch and Justin Shonga had glo­ri­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties to snatch a late win­ning goal for Pi­rates in the dy­ing min­utes of the game, but the duo failed to pun­ish AmaZulu.

The match ended in a 1-1 draw in reg­u­la­tion time and ex­tra time fol­lowed in the city of Dur­ban.

It took only three min­utes for Xola Mlambo to re­store the vis­i­tors’ lead as he scored with a low shot to make it 2-1 to Pi­rates. AmaZulu had to push for­ward in search of an­other equal­is­ing goal but their de­fence was ex­posed and they were pun­ished by Lorch.

The at­tacker scored with a pow­er­ful shot to make it 3-1 to the vis­i­tors in the 107th minute seal­ing Pi­rates’ 3-1 win in ex­tra time with AmaZulu hard­man Sammy Dar­poh re­ceiv­ing a red card in stop­page time of ex­tra time. Ear­lier in the day, Baroka FC beat Mamelodi Sun­downs 1-0 in Polok­wane while Bid­vest Wits beat Mar­itzburg United 2-1 in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg.

PHOTO: BAKONEPIX

ON THE BALL Pi­rates and AmaZulu in ac­tion in Dur­ban yes­ter­day

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