2016 Nedbank Cup final – As it happened: SuperSport 3-2 Pirates

2016 Nedbank Cup final – As it happened: SuperSport 3-2 Pirates
Nedbank Cup Trophy

by Staff Reporter

Saturday May 28, 2016. 17:08

Welcome to AfricanFootball’s as-it-happened coverage of the 2016 Nedbank Cup final between SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates from Peter Mokaba Stadium.

The action as it happened...

Football - 2016 Nedbank Cup Final - Supersport United v Orlando Pirates - Peter Mokaba Stadium

90+8' - Full time - SuperSport 3-2 Pirates - It's over, SuperSport United have won the 2016 Nedbank Cup!

90+5' - Yellow card: Grobler into the book after a tired challenge.

90+3' - Yellow card: Gcaba booked for a late challenge on Morton.

90+2' - Pule drops a cross under pressure, but Morton is there to hammer the ball clear.

90+1' - SuperSport almost kill off the game on the counter attack but Mhlongo denies Phala to keep his team alive!

90' - Yellow card: Brockie is booked for time wasting while making his way off the field.

90' - SuperSport substitution: Brockie makes way for Kingston Nkhatha.

88' - Yellow card: Khumalo into the book for a late challenge on Qalinge.

87' - SuperSport substitution: Grant Kekana replaces Wome.

85' - Pirates substitution: Nyauza makes way for winger Thabo Qalinge.

84' - Pule with a brilliant save to deny Matlaba! The youngster isn't fazed by the big occasion!

83' - Makola with a sight of goal from the edge of the box, but Booysen puts his body on the line to make a heroic block. This is what it's come to for United, who looked to be cruising at half time.

78' - Pirates substitution: Gabuza replaces Memela to bolster Bucs' attack.

77' - SuperSport substitution: A distraught Williams makes way for Pule, who makes his PSL debut in the Nedbank Cup final!

75' - Pirates' Twitter page knows their team is in the ascendancy. And they have striker Thamsanqa Gabuza ready to come  off the bench...

70' - Twenty minutes to play, can the Buccaneers find a way back into the game? Football - 2016 Nedbank Cup Final - Supersport United v Orlando Pirates - Peter Mokaba Stadium

67' - Yellow card: Williams is booked for time wasting. He's still on the field, Daniels now taking his goal kicks for him.

65' - Gcaba tries an ambitious shot and it's way off target. Williams goes down clutching his calf again, it's surely the end of his final...

62' - Yellow card: Wome is the first man into the book for a nasty late challenge on Gcaba.

60' - Problems here for SuperSport, with Williams seemingly struggling with a calf injury. They may need to call for the replacement goalkeeper, Boalefa Pule.

57' - It's Pirates who have all the momentum right now. This game has got plenty of twists and turns still to come...

53' - GOAL! SuperSport 3-2 Pirates - Myeni's cross from the left is missed by Boxall, surprises Daniels and rebounds into the back of the net for an own goal! Lifeline to Pirates!

50' - Lovely skill from Khumalo down the left before providing a cross for Booysen, who heads wide of the target. Here's a lovely pic of Grobler celebrating his goal in the first half, courtesy of the fellows at BackpagePix.

Football - 2016 Nedbank Cup Final - Supersport United v Orlando Pirates - Peter Mokaba Stadium

46' - Back underway in the second half. Pirates substitution: Happy Jele replaces Rakhale, with Bucs looking to solidify their leaky (one could almost say incompetent) defence.

45+2' - Half time - SuperSport 3-1 - Matsatsantsa on course to win the 2016 Nedbank Cup. It's a long way back for Pirates, they'll need something very special in the second half.

45' - Almost a fourth for United, with Brockie seemingly having too much time in the box and his shot is eventually blocked by the body of Gyimah! Pirates' defence is just about AWOL, they have been ridiculously poor at the back.

42' - GOAL! SuperSport 3-1 Pirates - The Tshwane side go 3-1 up! A route one ball sees Morton denied by Mhlongo, but again a rebound is turned home - this time it's Boxall with the header into a virtually unguarded net!

40 - Myeni tries an ambitious volley from just outside the box. Not the worst effort from the attacker, but it's over the target.

34' - Past the half hour mark, SuperSport are 2-1 up and the supporters below must be loving the way the Nedbank Cup is going for their team... Football - 2016 Nedbank Cup Final - Supersport United v Orlando Pirates - Peter Mokaba Stadium

30' - GOAL! SuperSport 2-1 Pirates - More terrible defending from Bucs, Brockie's shot is well saved by Mhlongo, but Grobler latches onto the rebound and superbly fires home a volley to put the team in blue ahead!

28' - Bedlam at the back for Pirates after Mhlongo fumbles a tricky shot from a free kick by Grobler. Bucs eventually get it clear, but coach Tinkler will be fuming at his defence's performance so far.

26' - Rakhale stabs a shot toward goal, but it's wide of Williams' left-hand post.

23' - Midway through the first half, it's 1-1 between SuperSport and Pirates in what has been a thoroughly entertaining match. And (hopefully without tempting fate) it looks as if there's plenty more goals in it...

20' - Pirates with a free kick just outside the 'D' of United's penalty area. Makola shoots for goal... just wide, it didn't look as if Williams was getting there if it was on target!

17' - That's Jeremy Brockie's fourth goal in the Nedbank Cup this year, leaving him just one short of leading scorer Tendai Ndoro .


14' - GOAL! SuperSport 1-1 Pirates - Matsatsantsa hit straight back, what a game we have on our hands! Boxall provides a cross from the right and Brockie is deadly in the air, easily finishing with the head to make it 1-1!

12' - GOAL! SuperSport 0-1 Pirates - Bucs have the lead! A breakaway sees Ndoro free on goal, his low shot is saved by Williams, but Memela taps in the loose ball! It could also be an own goal from Khumalo, the two appeared to touch the ball at the same time.

11' - Past the 10 minute mark, still a game in an early stage of flux. United are just beginning to find a rhythm and put Bucs under some pressure.

8' - Matlaba pushes down the left and shoots from long range... good strike, but it's off target and no worry for Williams in SuperSport's goal.

6' - Pirates enjoying most of the possession early on. A diagonal finds Myeni free in United's box, but he's flagged offside.

4' - Khumalo gets a talking-to from the referee after a cynical tug on Rakhale's shirt.

1' - United almost claim the lead within seconds of the start, as Wome's shot headed for the top corner is palmed away by Mhlongo!

1' - Kick-off - We are underway at the Peter Mokaba Stadium! SuperSport wear their traditional blue strip, Pirates are in their change strip of red.

14h59 - A moment of silence in honour of Ted Dumitru, who passed away on Thursday at the age of 76.

14h50 - Ten minutes to kick-off, here's final reminder of the line-ups for today's Nedbank Cup final:
SuperSport: Williams, Boxall, Booysen, Daniels, Khumalo, Phala, Furman, Morton, Wome, Grobler, Brockie
Pirates: Mhlongo, Nyauza, Gyimah, Gcaba, Matlaba, Rakhale, Sarr, Makola, Myeni, Memela, Ndoro

14h45 - Finally, the players who have the 'x factor' and can change the game in the blink of an eye, Thuso Phala v Thabo Matlaba:

nedbank Infographic-game-changers 2016

14h40 - Now the turn of the midfield maestros, Michael Morton v Issa Sarr: nedbank Infographic-Midfielders 2016

14h35 - And what of the gloves-men, the last lines of defence? Let's take a closer look at Ronwen Williams and Brighton Mhlongo:

nedbank cup Infographic-goalkeepers 2016

14h25 - And now the teams' key strikers, Jeremy Brockie and Tendai Ndoro, who have scored a combined eight goals in the Nedbank Cup thus far: nedbank cup Infographic-Strikers 2016

14h15 - Here's a quick comparison between the teams' respective coaches, Stuart Baxter and Eric Tinkler:

nedbank cup Infographic-coaches-2016

14h00 - An hour to kick-off and we now have confirmation of both line-ups. Here's the official team sheets courtesy of the PSL's official Twitter page:

13h50 - Here's a look at the teams' head-to-head record:


13h45 - Orlando Pirates have already announced their line-up for the Nedbank Cup final:

13h30 - The PSL have also confirmed the match officials for today match, with Thando Ndzanzeka taking charge in the middle:

13h15 - If you live near Polokwane and were planning to head to the stadium and pick up a late ticket, you're out of luck: the game is a sell-out!

Pirates and SuperSport in action during the 2015/16 season

13h00 - Welcome to our live build-up, we have two hours to go until kick-off of the Nedbank Cup final in Polokwane.

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