MATCH CENTRE

SUN 21 MAY 2017, 15:00, PRINCES MAGOGO STADIUM

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Orlando Pirates book Nedbank Cup final spot

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Sun May 21, 17:28

Orlando Pirates beat Lamontville Golden Arrows 1-0 in the Nedbank Cup semi-final clash at the Princess Magogo Stadium in Durban on Sunday afternoon.

The Buccaneers will now face SuperSport United in the final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on the 24th of June 2017.

Pirates goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane was called into action just eight minutes into the game and he denied Arrows midfielder Nduduzo Sibiya from a free-kick.

At the other end, Arrows keeper Nkosingiphile Gumede had to be alert as Pirates defender Marc Van Heerden played a free-kick which was saved by the former seven minutes later.

However, the lanky shot-stopper was beaten in the 33rd minute when Mpho Makola's free-kick found Abbubaker Mobara, who headed past Gumede to make it 1-0 to Pirates.

The Buccaneers managed to contain Abafana Bes'thende in the remaining minutes of the first-half and Pirates were 1-0 up during the half-time break.

Dove Wome, the Pirates forward, tried his luck from range in the 54th minute, but his attempt was well saved by Gumede as the visitors looked to double their lead.

Ineffective striker Knox Mutizwa was pulled out for Sibusiso Sibeko by Arrows coach Clinton Larsen in the 63rd minute as Abafana Bes'thende looked to pile pressure on the Pirates defence.

However, the home side were struggling to penetrate the Pirates defence which was marshalled by Happy Jele in the closing stages of the entertaining Cup encounter.

Pirates stood firm at the back in the dying minutes of the match and they emerged 1-0 winners in the city of Durban on the day.

Arrows (0) 0
Pirates (1) 1 (Mobara 33')

Arrows: Gumede, Dlamini, Mathiane, Mzava, Mthiyane, Bilankulu, Jooste (Ntanga 75'), Sibiya, Mahachi, Magubane (Lamola 50'), Mutizwa (Sibeko 63').

Pirates: Mabokgwane, Mobara, Jele, Matlaba, Van Heerden, Sarr, Makola (Shitolo 77'), Manyisa, Rakhale, Wome (Norodien 73'), Gabuza.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
GOLDEN ARROWS ORLANDO PIRATES
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
42
32
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
31
40
Goalkeeper
0
Defender
45
Defender
4
Defender
2
18
Defender
4
Defender
5
19
Defender
28
34
21
3
Defender
3
Defender
99
Defender
14
Defender
8
Defender
20
Midfielder
35
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
33
44
Midfielder
36
Midfielder
2
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
37
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
46
Midfielder
39
Midfielder
30
Midfielder
26
43
Midfielder
41
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
15
Midfielder
41
Midfielder
25
Midfielder
17
Forward/Striker
17
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
12
Midfielder
29
Forward/Striker
7
Midfielder
35
Forward/Striker
24
Midfielder
27
Forward/Striker
31
Midfielder
24
Midfielder
12
Midfielder
17
Forward/Striker
42
Forward/Striker
41
Forward/Striker
0
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