In TKO thriller

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ing strike from the edge of the box that was search­ing for the top cor­ner but missed wide and over the bar.

There was drama four min­utes be­fore the break as Bucs were re­duced to 10 men af­ter de­fender Mar­shall Munetsi was red carded for a dan­ger­ous tackle on Je­mon­dre Dick­ens.

Dick­ens pun­ished Sre­do­je­vic’s men in stop­page time of half­time with a smash­ing half-vol­ley into the gapi ng net af­ter Pi­rates goal­keeper Siyabonga Mpontshane could not col­lect a ball in the air.

Musa Ny­atama lev­elled mat­ters for Bucs 12 min­utes af­ter the break af­ter cap­i­tal­is­ing on a re­bound af­ter Justin Shonga’s free-kick hit the bot­tom cor­ner.

Nyirenda made the first change of the game 20 min­utes be­fore time bring­ing on Onk­a­betse Mak­gan­tai in place of goalscorer Dick­ens.

Au­gus­tine Mu­lenga al­most snatched the lead for Pi­rates 16 min­utes be­fore time with a low strike at the near post that sailed nar­rowly wide af­ter a bril­liant through ball by Lorch.

Chipezeze de­nied the Soweto gi­ants a late win­ner six min­utes be­fore time, with Pule un­leash­ing a low drive from the left side of the box that was smoth­ered by the Zim­bab­wean shot­stop­per, which ul­ti­mately forced the game into ex­tra-time.

There was more drama in the tenth minute of ex­tra time af­ter Mpontshane brought down Mak­gan­tai in­side the box. Mduduzi Mdantsane stepped up to re­store the lead for Bak­gaga with a cool fin­ish from the penalty spot, 2-1.

Nyirenda’s troops were get­ting the bet­ter chances on tran­si­tions hav­ing the ad­van­tage of play­ing with an ex­tra player but the first stanza of ex­tra time ended 2-1.

How­ever, Lorch found a dra­matic equaliser for Bucs six min­utes be­fore time with a header at the back post af­ter some

Shonga.

It was a roller-coaster ride in the clos­ing min­utes but ul­ti­mately the sides went into penal­ties, where the Lim­popo side held their nerve to tri­umph 3-2 to claim their first TKO ti­tle. bril­liant work by

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