MATCH CENTRE

WED 16 MARCH 2016, 19:30, BIDVEST STADIUM

1
VS
0

Clever Boys outsmart Bucs, close in on Brazilians

by BackPageTXT

Wed March 16, 21:21

James Keene scored the only goal of the game as Bidvest Wits beat Orlando Pirates at the Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday night to narrow the gap to Absa Premiership leaders Mamelodi Sundowns to just four points.

The Clever Boys had to work hard for their victory over a Buccaneers team which came into the clash on the back of a three-game winning streak in the league, but their reward is the rejuvenation of their title hopes as they took advantage of Sundowns’ surprise loss at home to Bloemfontein Celtic.

Wits started the match brightly and Elias Pelembe almost opened the scoring in the 11th minute, getting away a shot from a tight angle on the left of the penalty area which looked destined for the back of the net until goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo made a fine save with his legs.

Midway through the first half Pirates almost broke the deadlock, with Luvoyo Memela getting away a shot from the near the right by-line which had the beating of Moeneeb Josephs but rebounded off the post and skidded out of reach of Thabo Qalinge.

Wits claimed the lead in the 29th minute through striker James Keene, who continued his prolific start to life in South African football. The Englishman managed to squeeze the ball home from close range after a good low cross from the right of the penalty area by Thulani Hlatshwayo.

Just before half time Memela was arguably lucky to stay on the field after a nasty, over-the-top challenge on Daine Klate which could have broken the Wits midfielder’s leg. The Pirates man received only a yellow card, while Klate was fortunately able to play on.

Bucs dominated the play in the early stages of the second half and Wits needed goalkeeper Josephs to make two excellent saves, first to keep out a glancing header from Tendai Ndoro and then to palm away a low, long-range effort from Mpho Makola.

However, that was as close as the Soweto side came to claiming an equaliser, with Wits able to neutralise their opponents and hold out for a hugely important victory.

Bidvest Wits (1) 1 (Keene 29’)
Orlando Pirates 0

Wits: Josephs, Allie, Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi, Hlanti, Pelembe, Ntshangase, Motshwari, Shongwe (Nhlapo 75’), Klate (Khumalo 90+2’), Keene (Botes 88’)

Pirates: Mhlongo, Jele, Gyimah, Gcaba, Matlaba, Qalinge (Majoro 86’), Makola, Sarr, Memela (Rakhale 74’), Myeni (Motupa 62’), Ndoro

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH BIDVEST STADIUM
BIDVEST WITS GOALS ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS
James Keene (29')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 3
BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
72'
15
Defender
2
Defender
2
Defender
4
Defender
69'
8
Defender
0
Midfielder
67'
17
3
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
30
Midfielder
45'
74'
37
Midfielder
45 + 3'
90 + 2'
7
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
62'
11
Midfielder
75'
22
Midfielder
86'
15
Midfielder
29'
30'
88'
0
Forward/Striker
7
SUBSTITUTIONS
Siyabonga Nhlapo
Defender
75'
20
Gift Motupa
Midfielder
62'
38
Henrico Botes
Forward/Striker
88'
19
Thabo Rakhale
Midfielder
74'
25
Bongani Khumalo
Defender
90 + 2'
4
Lehlohonolo Majoro
Forward/Striker
86'
45
CARDS
James Keene
Midfielder
30'
0
Luvoyo Memela
Midfielder
45'
37
Daine Klate
Midfielder
45 + 3'
7
Edwin Gyimah
Midfielder
67'
17
Buhle Mkhwanazi
Defender
72'
15
Thabo Matlaba
Defender
69'
8
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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