Orlando Pirates beat a stubborn Dondol Stars 5-4 on penalties to advance to the Nedbank Cup semifinals at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, Limpopo on Saturday. 

The highly-contested quarterfinal clash 1-1 after extra time. Dondol were looking to become a third-tier team to eliminate a premiership club in the same cup but it wasn’t meant to be. 

Pirates keeper Sipho Chaine was the first keeper to be called to action after 11 minutes. But was up to the task. Kabelo Dlamini let out the visitors’ first real shot in anger three minutes later. This came as he went for goal from a long way out but went over the bar. 

Orlando Pirates beat Dondol Stars in Polokwane to advance to Nedbank Cup semifinals 
Paseka Mako against Dondol Stars

The rest of the first period was dominated by an intense midfield battle with restricted entry into the attacking third at both ends.

The second half was a contrast of the first as the Buccaneers showed more enterprise in searching for the breakthrough.

BUCCANEERS BOOK SEMIFINALS SPOT IN POLOKWANE

That came in the 55th minute when halftime substitute Kermit Erasmus drew the defence’s attention towards him before laying the ball for Lorch. He had enough time and space to compose himself before blasting past Gumede to make it 1-0.

Pirates’ lead only lasted two minutes as the hosts hit back through Tebogo Makungo to draw his side level.

Thabang Monare had an opportunity to head in from a set piece. But could not turn the ball into the net. 

ORLANDO PIRATES AND DONOL STARS PENALTY TAKERS

Deon Hotto, Sibisi, Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo, Dlamini and Sandile Mthethwa. 

Kholofelo Monama, Francious Baloyi, Kamogelo Sambo and Thabang Mnyembane and Whitehead Nameka. 

Orlando Pirates are through to the semifinals of the Nedbank Cup. They will be joined by Stellenbsich who beat Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 at Athlone Stadium on Saturday.