Easy win for Bucs

2014-03-22 00:00

ORLANDO Pirates beat National First Division outfit Santos 2-0 to book their place in the quarter-finals of this seasons Nedbank Cup in a game played at the Athlone Stadium last night.

Goals from Lennox Bacela and Rooi Mahamutsa either side of the half secured a comfortable win for the Buccaneers.

David Radebe missed a penalty in stoppage time for the hosts.

Santos midfielder Tyren Arendse notably squared up against his former side while former Panathinaikos defender Nasief Morris missed out due to suspension.

Meanwhile, Thabo Matlaba and Tlou Segolela returned to the starting XI for the Buccaneers while Bacela continued up front for the visitors.

The Sea Robbers dominated proceedings from the onset, pushing the People’s Team deep into their own half, though Bucs were lacking that cutting edge and nearly went a goal down in the 14th minute.

A precise corner-kick was met by a rising Sachin Dawood, who could only manage to direct his header over Senzo Meyiwa’s crossbar from close range.

Pirates were handed a golden opportunity to open the scoring just before the half-hour mark after Dawood hacked down Segolela inside the area.

Bacela stepped up and duly converted from the spot against his former side.

The visitors continued to boss possession but failed to really test Pa Dembo Touray in goal.

Meyiwa at the other end of the pitch was also a mere spectator in the first stanza and despite their one-goal lead, the Buccaneers would’ve been disappointed with what was a largely stale first half.

Pirates continued to dictate affairs following the interval and deservedly doubled their lead in the 65th minute.

Mahamutsa marked his recent return from a long injury lay-off with a goal, rising above his marker before nodding Mpho Makola’s corner-kick past Touray.

Veteran David Radebe, who came on as a second-half substitute, almost curled one past Meyiwa in the 71st minute, his effort from range shaving the cross bar in what was Santos’s first chance of the half.

Vladimir Vermezovic’s men controlled the pace up until the closing stages, as the People’s Team twice came close to scoring in stoppage time through Radebe.

The former Bafana Bafana striker first missed a penalty — incorrectly awarded for a hand-ball against Lucky Lekgwathi — before seeing his lob beat Meyi­wa but not the cross bar.

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