Pirates crash out of cup

2008-03-17 00:00

ORLANDO Pirates crashed out of the Nedbank Cup with a 5-4 penalties defeat against Santos at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town yesterday, after the teams’ last-32 stage tie ended 2-2 at the end of extra time.

This on a day when AmaZulu demolished Castle League (second division) team Young Ones from Upington 14-0 at Princess Magogo Stadium in Umlazi. The annihilation, which will have statisticians perusing the record books, was built around the five goals of Usuthu’s top scorer this season, Dumisani Ngwenya, who scored in the 44th, 54th, 56th 69th and 77th minutes.

Next to this, strike partner Siyabonga Mkhwanazi’s hat-trick for AmaZulu, who were 4-0 up at half time before the floodgates really opened with 10 more goals in the second period, almost paled in comparison.

Mkhwanazi scored in the 63rd, 82nd and 85th minutes, Thabo Mabaso in the 12th and 40th, Wilford Mathopha in the 72nd and 73rd, veteran Shoes Moshoeu opened the scoring in the first minute of the game, and Sthembiso Dlamini put in the final nail with Usuthu’s last goal.

Ngwenya’s five goals will set the lanky striker up for, and could even be enough to win, the top scorer’s award, which is sure to be lucrative in a competition that hands R15 million in prize money to the competing teams who reached the last-32.

In a dramatic, physical game in Cape Town, both sides finished with 10 men after Pirates had Lucas Thwala sent off in the 39th minute and Santos midfielder Thembilile Kanono was shown red by referee Ace Ncobo in the 90th for his second bookable offence.

Thwala’s sending off just before the break was followed a minute later by a goal by Musa Otieno, heading in Erwin Isaac’s free-kick, that seemed to signal the end of the Buccaneers’ chances.

Earlier Pirates strikers Gilbert Mushangazhike and Excellent Walaza both missed good chances to put their team ahead, while Isaacs had forced a good save from Bucs ’keeper Senzo Meyiwa.

The Bucs really appeared down and out when, four minutes into the second half, young Santos striker Ryan Chapman sent a rocket into the top corner from the edge of the area.

But somehow Pirates fought back when Kanono brought down Teko Modise in the area, picking up his first yellow, and the Pirates midfielder slotted in the 60th minute. In the 79th minute, Bennet Chenene glanced in Modise’s free-kick to equalise. Kanono’s sending-off levelled the playing field going into extra-time, where, despite both sides creating plenty of chances, the score remained 2-2.

In the shootout, Isaacs, Eleazor Rodgers, Mogogi Gabonamong, Chapman and Wayne Arendse were successful for Santos, with Sebastien Bax and Otieno missing. For Pirates, Chenene, Innocent Mdledle, Mushangazhike and Walaza scored, with Santos goalkeeper Wayne Roberts saving from Lebohang Mokoena, Modise and finally Lindokuhle Mkhwanazi’s deciding shot.

On Saturday, Lamontville Golden Arrows were out-muscled 1-0 by Jomo Cosmos at a wet King Zwelithini in Umlazi, Collen Nhleko scoring Ezenkosi’s winner in the 44th minute. Mamelodi Sundowns won the Tshwane derby at Olympia Park, beating Supersport United 2-1.

Nedbank Cup last-32

Wednesday: Wits University 1 Winners Park 1 (Winners Park win 5-4 on penalties)

Friday: Kaizer Chiefs 2 Ajax Cape Town 0, FC Cape Town 1 Durban Stars 0

Saturday: Supersport United 1 Mamelodi Sundowns 2, Lamontville Golden Arrows 0 Jomo Cosmos 1, Yebo Yes United 2 FC AK 2, Ikapa Sporting 3 Bloemfontein Celtic 2, Classic 2 Vasco Da Gama 3

Yesterday: Free State Stars 1 Platinum Stars 1 (Stars win 4-3 on penalties), AmaZulu 14-0 Young Ones 0, Nathi Lions 1 NW Shining Stars 0, Mpumalanga Black Aces 2 Thanda Royal Zulu 0, Matatiel Professionals 4 Bloemfontein Young Tigers 3, Santos 2 Orlando Pirates 2 (Santos win 5-4 on penalties)

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