ORLANDO PIRATES (0) 2 BAROKA FC (1) 2
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.