MATCH CENTRE

WED 21 OCTOBER 2015, 19:30, ORLANDO STADIUM

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Klate strike sends Pirates packing

by BackPageTXT

Wed October 21, 22:14

An early set piece by former Orlando Pirates winger Daine Klate ensured Bidvest Wits walked away with the full three points in their Absa Premiership encounter held at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.

Pirates goalkeeper Felipe Ovono handed the visitors an early goal when he misjudged Klate’s set piece and spilled the ball into his own net, thus allowing the nine-man Wits to emerge victorious.

Following the win, the Braamfontein-based side climb up to first position with 16 points on the Absa Premiership standings, whilst the hosts are placed at position 11 with five points from seven matches.

The game was packed with drama as three red cards were issued by referee Victor Gomes: Calvin Kadi, Thulani Hlatshwayo and Lehlohonolo Masalesa all received early showers on the night.

The opening few minutes were full of pace from the visitors as they spent much of their time in the Buccaneers’ half and as early as the ninth minute they were awarded a penalty when Sifiso Myeni fouled Phakamani Mahlambi, but Felipe Ovono saved Henrico Botes’ spot kick.

Shortly thereafter, Ovono spilled the ball allowing the visitors to grab an early lead following a great set piece by Daine Klate down the right flank.

Eric Tinkler’s men tried to calm down and knock the ball around but it was the visitors who stopped all their moves and in the 32nd minute Wits were dealt a huge blow when Hlatshwayo was red carded for a dangerous foul on Myeni.

Exactly in the 45th minute, a quiet Thabo Rakhale unleashed a powerful shot in an aim to find an equaliser before half time, but his effort sailed over the posts without troubling goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs.

The students went to the tunnel enjoying a lead and in the second stanza the Sea Robbers were all over the Clever Boys, but their decision making in the final third couldn’t produce the results.

With just four minutes into the second half, Thabo Matlaba made his trademark move into the box, however, his effort sailed over the bar once again. Substitute Kermit Erasmus also managed to trick Buhle Mkhwanazi and unleashed a shot in the box, but Josephs made a great save.

Although it was evident that the Bucs bench was frustrated, their entries into the box failed to yield a goal as Gavin Hunt’s men proved to be solid at the back, managing to successfully hold onto their slender lead.

Orlando Pirates 0
Bidvest Wits (1) 1 (Klate 15’)

Pirates: Ovono, Sangweni, Gcaba, Nyauza, Matlaba, Masalesa, Ntshumayelo (Mugerwa 60’), Rakhale, Myeni (Makola 37’), Masuku (Erasmus 50’), Gabuza

Wits: Josephs, Allie, Hlatshwayo, Klate (Kadi 66’), Mkhwanazi, Faty, Botes, Shongwe (Gome 53’), Bhasera, Mahlambi, Motshwari (Ntshangase 57’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ORLANDO STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS BIDVEST WITS GOALS
7. Daine Klate (15')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 1 2 2
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
42
Goalkeeper
84'
16
Defender
9'
2
Defender
15
34
Defender
2
21
Defender
24
Defender
8
Defender
32'
3
Midfielder
71'
89'
12
Midfielder
46'
57'
30
Midfielder
37'
11
Midfielder
15'
66'
7
Midfielder
25
Midfielder
53'
22
Midfielder
60'
6
Midfielder
17
Forward/Striker
50'
26
Midfielder
27
Forward/Striker
31
Forward/Striker
19
SUBSTITUTIONS
Mpho Makola
Midfielder
37'
5
Wangu Gome
Midfielder
53'
6
Yasser Mugerwa
Midfielder
60'
36
Phumlani Ntshangase
Defender
57'
41
Calvin Kadi
Forward/Striker
66'
25
CARDS
Lehlogonolo Maselesa
Midfielder
71'
12
Thulani Hlatshwayo
Defender
32'
3
Yasser Mugerwa
Midfielder
77'
36
Ben Motshwari
Midfielder
46'
30
Lehlogonolo Maselesa
Midfielder
89'
12
Calvin Kadi
Forward/Striker
74'
25
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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