Pirates were making their ninth final appearance in this competition and only have one victory, which was against Bidvest Wits seven years ago.
In their maiden appearance in the decider, Baroka made it count. The boys from Ga-Mphahlele were not given much of a chance despite knocking out the defending champions Wits in the last four and also saw off Sundowns in the quarterfinals.
Baroka also came into the clash without having conceded a goal on their way to the final. With mostly Pirates supporters dominating the stands – almost 40,000 tickets were snapped up, the Soweto side enjoyed a good start and Baroka sat back, absorbed the pressure, but were nearly caught out a few times.
But things started to unravel for Bucs just a few minutes before the interval.
Seemingly on top and Baroka very much on the backfoot, Pirates defender Marshall Munetsi ruined it all with an ill-timed challenge on Dickens almost at the halfway mark of the field, where there was no danger for Pirates to concede.