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Gallants put a stop to Pirates’ adventure in the Nedbank Cup.

Orlando was ousted from the Nedbank Cup on Wednesday evening after losing 5-4 on penalties to Marumo Gallants at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Richard Ofori was called into action in the first minute, coming off his line to make a save as the home side drove forward.

Gallants kept pressing and were granted a penalty in the 19th minute. Ofori correctly guessed, but Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo placed the ball just out of reach to take the lead.

On the half-hour mark, Pirates pulled level after Bandile Shandu sneaked behind the defense and sent a shot past Gallant’s keeper King Ndlovu.

Ndlovu was called into action in the 39th minute to deny Deon Hotto’s goal attempt after some interplay with Thabang Monare as the game went into halftime tied.

When the visitors were awarded a free-kick early in the second half, they nearly took the lead. Hotto’s set-piece hit the woodwork before Peprah hit the ball straight from the rebound.

Tshegofatso Mabasa was substituted by Zakhele Lepas after the Buccaneers decided to bring on fresh legs at the hour mark.

Dlamini had a chance to put Pirates ahead in the 70th minute, but his left-footed shot from the edge of the box went just wide.

Gallants’ attack on the Pirates penalty area was denied by Mosele in the 84th minute through Ngema.

Molongoane had an opportunity to win the game for Gallants in stoppage time, but Ofori made a comfortable save to deny the attacker as the game went to extra time after the score was 1-1 after 90 minutes.

After 120 minutes of play, neither team could find the winning goal, requiring the game to be decided in a penalty shootout.

Gallants advanced to the next stage of the competition as keeper Ndlovu converted his penalty to conclude the shootout.

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