Bucs sails to another treble

2012-05-19 21:34

Golden Arrows (2)
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It was McCarthy’s 90th minute goal that signalled the end for Arrows

A six-goal thriller was a fitting finale to this season as Orlando Pirates successfully defended their Absa Premiership title.

The day belonged to Benni McCarthy, whose second half brace ensured Pirates retained the title.

Wild celebrations ensued after the final whistle as supporters invaded the pitch in jubilation.

The Buccaneers did what they had to do but it was not easy.

Durban has been good for Pirates as it is here where they twice lifted the MTN8 Cup.

They became the first team to win back to back trebles after lifting the MTN8 Cup and the Telkom Knockout earlier in the season.

These added to the three – MTN8, Nedbank Cup and the Absa Premiership – they won last season.

Daine Klate entered record books becoming the first player to win five consecutive league titles – three with SuperSport United and two with Pirates.

McCarthy’s 90th minute goal signalled the end for Arrows, who should get credit for pushing Pirates to the limit.

Long before Jerome Damon blew the final whistle celebrations had started inside the magnificent 2010 Fifa World Cup venue.

They started immediately after McCarthy’s 60th minute strike.

Arrows’ starting eleven did not inspire confidence despite featuring three former Pirates players.

Brazilian goalkeeper Helton Da Rocha had played only four matches prior to this game this season.

Arrows were determined to spoil the party but Pirates’ never-say-die attitude once again prevailed and saved the day.

Bucs took the lead through their inspirational captain Lucky Lekgwathi in the 27th minute.

But a minute later Dillon Sheppard silenced the myriad Bucs supporters with a ball that Moeneeb Josephs could have done better to stop.

Katlego Mashego stunned everybody with a thunderous free kick that beat Josephs hands down.

But the visitors did not panic and continued probing the home side.
 
Ironically, former Arrows defender Siyabonga Sangweni scored against his former side after 40 minutes.

The game was a true grand finale as both teams gave as good as they got. But there could only be one winner – Pirates.


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