Bucs have edge despite Santos' cup pedigree

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The Peoples’ Team defeated the Buccaneers 2-1 in a thrilling league game in Cape Town on February 24, with Romano Scott and Eleazar Rodgers scoring the goals for the home team.

Pirates pulled one back late through Paulus Masehe, but they simply didn’t have enough on the day to fend off a rampant Santos, who have gone on a run of five straight wins in the league.

The Peoples’ Team have a fine record in this tournament in recent years.

After winning the cup title in 2003 they have often reached the latter stages, such as last year when they were defeated by eventual champions Ajax Cape Town in the semi-finals.

They also have a good record in cup games against Pirates, beating the Soweto giants in the first round of the 2006/07 league cup and in the semi-finals of the 2002/03 Top Eight.

In fact, the Buccaneers last beat the Cape Side in a cup match back in 1997/98, when they won a two-legged quarterfinal tie 6-0 on aggregate.

Overall though, Pirates have won 12 matches to Santos’ seven in 26 league and cup matches since 1997/98, outscoring the Cape side 49 goals to 31.

1997/98Santos 1 (Notoane) Pirates 3 (Magagula, Sebola 2)Pirates 3 (Pam (pen), Ramokadi 2) Santos 3 (Otieno, Mqobongo, Mannetti)

Rothmans Cup Quarter final first leg – Pirates 4 (Ngobe, Magagula, Ramokadi 2) Santos 0

Rothmans Cup quarter final second leg – Santos 0 Pirates 2 (Moeti, Ramokadi)

1998/99Santos 1 (Notoane) Pirates 0Pirates 5 (Ngobe, Lota, Sebola 2, Zuma) Santos 1 (Mahlangu)

1999/2000Pirates 3 (Mkhize 2, Lewis) Santos 3 (Okpara (og), Raselemane, Ithier)Santos 0 Pirates 0

2000/01Santos 1 (Mahlangu) Pirates 3 (Mkhize, Sapula, Mngomeni)Pirates 2 (Ndlanya 2 (1 pen)) Santos 2 (Ithier, Burton)

2001/02Pirates 2 (Ndlanya, Manyathela) Santos 3 (Mngomeni, Xaba, Sokhela)Santos 1 (Ithier) Pirates 0

2002/03Santos 1 (Ithier) Pirates 2 (G.Mazibuko, Manyathela)Pirates 3 (Manyathela 2, Leremi) Santos 0

BP Top 8 Cup semi final – Pirates 1 (Leremi) Santos 2 (Ithier, Moloi)

2003/04Santos 2 (Bantam 2) Pirates 2 (Makhanya, Kaueleza)Pirates 2 (Netshiozwe, Kauleza) Santos 0

2004/05Santos 0 Pirates 0Pirates 1 (Mutapa) Santos 2 (Makonese, Bax)

2005/06Santos 3 (Bax, Otieno, C.Scott) Pirates 3 (I.Chansa, Lelo-Mbele 2)Pirates 2 (Leremi, Manenzhe) Santos 0

2006/07Santos 2 (Isaacs, Rodgers) Pirates 3 (Walaza 2, Mdledle)Pirates 1 (Ramudzuli) Santos 0

Telkom Knockout quarter final – Pirates 0 Santos 1 (Rodgers)

2007/08Pirates 1 (Makhanya) Santos 0Santos 2 (Scott, Rodgers) Pirates 1 (Masehe)