Orlando Pirates end 2016/17 empty handed after SuperSport win Nedbank Cup

Orlando Pirates end 2016/17 empty handed after SuperSport win Nedbank Cup
Thabo Mnyamane of Supersport United challenged by Mpho Makola of Orlando Pirates during the 2017 Nedbank Cup Final match between Supersport United and Orlando Pirates at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban South Africa on 24 June 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Jun 24, 2017. 22:16

Oupa Manyisa's penalty was not enough to help Orlando Pirates win the Nedbank Cup when they lost 4-1 to SuperSport United in the final on Saturday night at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Bradley Grobler netted twice whilst strikes from Jeremy Brockie and Kingston Nkhatha allowed the Tshwane side to retain the Ke Yona trophy.

The Soweto giants started like a house on fire as they probed for an early goal, but Thabo Matlaba's shot went wide in the tenth minute.

Eight minutes later, Amtsantsantsa A Pitori nearly claimed the lead as Grobler missed the target after attacking a cross from Thabo Mnyamane down the left wing.

In the 32nd minute Grobler did give Stuart Baxter's men the lead when he easily finished a cross from Grant Kekana on the right wing, 1-0.

With the Soweto giants pushing for an equaliser in the 39th minute, Williams was called to action and produced a million dollar save to deny Wome from a close range.

It was 1-0 at half time for the Tshwane side.

Upon their return, the defending champions continued with the same energy and were awarded a penalty when Happy Jele fouled Thuso Phala in the box in the 53rd minute.

Mpontshane, though, was in a fine form to deny Brockie from the spot-kick to ensure his side remained in the game.

Despite his disappointing penalty, Brockie made amends when he made it 2-0 in the 61st minute as he headed home a cross from the right wing.

Three minutes later, United made it 3-0 when Grobler completed his brace when he converted a brilliant pass from Phala on the edge of the box to beat Mpontshane.

Just after the 70th minute, Thamsanqa Gabuza nearly pulled one back for the Ghost when his effort from a header went inches over the cross bar.

United, though, were not done as substitute Nkhatha made it 4-0 after clinically converting a Phala cross from the left.

Pirates did manage to find a consolation goal when they were awarded a penalty after Aubrey Modiba fouled Luvuyo Memela in the box. Oupa Manyisa scored the penalty for the Soweto giants, 4-1.

SuperSport United: (1) 4 (Grobler 32', 64', Brockie 61', Nkhatha 82')
Orlando Pirates: (0) 1 (Manyisa 90' pen)

SuperSport United: Williams, Kekana, Daniels, Gould, Modiba, Furman, Letsholonyane, Phala, Mnyamane (Masango 83'), Brockie (Morton, Grobler (Nkhatha 78')

Orlando Pirates: Mpontshane, Mobara, Jele, Matlaba, Phungwayo, Sarr, Rakhale, Makola (Memela 69'), Wome (Morrison 59'), Manyisa, Gabuza (Ndoro 74')



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