Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - SPORT - Af­ter ex­tra time Baroka won 3-2 on penal­ties

BAROKA ce­mented their sta­tus as gi­ant killers by stun­ning Pi­rates on penal­ties last night in the Telkom Knock­out fi­nal at Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sta­dium in Port El­iz­a­beth to land their maiden tro­phy in top-flight foot­ball.

The game ended 2-2 af­ter 120 min­utes of pul­sat­ing ac­tion. Baroka com­pleted their fairy­tale run in fine style at a packed venue. They shot down Mamelodi Sun­downs and Bid­vest Wits on their way in to the fi­nal.

Pi­rates will have to wait for an­other year to end their four-year tro­phy drought.

Pi­rates should have taken the lead six min­utes in to the game but Them­binkosi Lorch fluffed a glo­ri­ous op­por­tu­nity as Elvis Chipezeze pro­duced a fine save.

Both teams showed their in­tent from the word go and the game was played at a fre­netic pace.

Pi­rates cre­ated bet­ter goalscor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in the first half but it was Baroka who went in to the in­ter­val smil­ing de­spite all the pos­ses­sion the Bu­can­neers en­joyed. Baroka were shaky at the back. Ana­nias Geb­hardt al­most gifted the Buc­can­neers an early Christ­mas present with his poor clear­ance but Vin­cent Pule di­rected his at­tempt over the bar.

Pi­rates were dealt a ma­jor blow when Mar­shall Munetsi was red-carded five min­utes be­fore the in­ter­val.

It went from bad to worse for the Buc­can­neers when Siyabonga Mpontshane mis­judged Matome

Mabeba’s cross from the right in the dy­ing min­utes of the first half. Tal­ent Chi­wapiwa di­rected his header into the path of Je­mon­dre Dick­ens, who fin­ished with aplomb to put Bak­gaga in the lead.

Mlambo should have lev­elled three min­utes in to the sec­ond half af­ter a lovely move or­ches­trated by Lorch but Mu­lenga sliced his short over the bar.

Pi­rates came back strongly in the sec­ond half and were re­warded when Musa Ny­atama re­stored par­ity 57 min­utes in to the game. He pounced on Justin Shonga’s free-kick which rat­tled the wood­work and Ny­atama tapped in for the equaliser.

Mu­lenga was caus­ing all sorts of prob­lems for Baroka and wasted a de­cent chance to kill the game off 76 min­utes in. It was a move that was started by him­self and com­bin­ing with Lorch but couldn’t fin­ish his dili­gence.

Baroka es­caped an­other scary mo­ment when Chipezeze de­nied Shonga with his right foot in op­tional time.

When Vic­tor Gomes is in charge of any match, there’s never a dull mo­ment. He pe­nalised Mlambo on ex­tra time for bring­ing down Onk­a­batse Mak­gan­tai in­side the box and Mdantshane coolly con­verted.

But Lorch snatched the equaliser four min­utes from time.

Ku­tumela, Shonga and Lorch missed their penal­ties for Pi­rates while Jele and Ny­atama con­verted theirs. Mdantsane, Vusi Sibiya and Thabiso Se­menya were on the score­sheet for Baroka.

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