MATCH CENTRE

WED 25 APRIL 2018, 19:30, ORLANDO STADIUM

4
VS
0

Pirates put four past Wits in empty stadium

by Graeme Jackson

Wed April 25, 21:28

Orlando Pirates gave Bidvest Wits a 4-0 beating in an Absa Premiership match at an empty Orlando Stadium on Wednesday, to ensure the title race goes at least one more round of matches.

The Buccaneers are now four points behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns – who were held 2-2 by Maritzburg United – while the Clever Boys are just two points above the relegation zone and will need a strong end to the campaign to ensure they don’t end up in the playoffs.

Both teams looked lively in attack in the early stages, with Pirates’ Augustine Mulenga sending a shot wide of the target from a good chance in the fifth minute.

Two minutes later a mistake at the back from the hosts allowed Wits’ Eleazar Rodgers to get the better of goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane, but his half-saved effort only trickled toward the empty goal and was recovered by Gladwin Shitolo.

Bucs then broke the deadlock on 13 minutes, as an attack down the left flank saw Mulenga play in a good low cross, only for Luvoyo Memela to fluff the chance. However, the ball rebounded off the legs of the unwitting Sifiso Hlanti and found the back of the net for an own goal.

Things went from bad to worse for the Wits left-back when his poor back-pass allowed Mulenga to run free on goal before slipping a low shot past Kyle Peters to make it 2-0 to Pirates in the 36th minute.

Three minutes later a clumsy challenge from Nazeer Allie on Mulenga in the corner of the box handed the hosts a penalty. Justin Shonga converted the spot kick to make it 3-0 with just 41 minutes played.

Wits made two changes at the start of the second half, sending on Lehlohonolo Majoro and Reeve Frosler, and they had the first notable effort after the restart, with Vincent Pule’s left-footed drive turned over the crossbar by Mpontshane in the 53rd minute.

Yet five minutes later Bucs made it 4-0, with a rebound falling kindly for Memela, who teed up Mulenga to show his class by sidestepping the goalkeeper before tapping into an empty net for his second goal of the night.

Wits had a chance to pull a goal back in the 85th minute when Marshall Munetsi was adjudged to have pushed Majoro in the back and a penalty was awarded. However, the striker failed to score from the spot kick, with his effort saved by Mpontshane.

Orlando Pirates (3) 4 (Hlanti 13’ og, Mulenga 36’ 58’, Shonga 41’ pen)

Bidvest Wits 0


Pirates: Mpontshane, Nyauza (Munetsi 73’), Thopola, Jele, Maela, Shitolo, Nyatama, Mlambo, Memela (Gabuza 83’), Mulenga, Shonga (Maphanga 63’)
Wits: Peters, Allie (Frosler 46’), Mkhwanazi, Gyimah, Hlanti, Scott (Claasen 70’), Monare, Ritchie, Pule, Mosiatlhaga (Majoro 46’), Rodgers

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ORLANDO STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS BIDVEST WITS GOALS
13. Sfiso Hlanti (13') (OG)
42. Augustine Mulenga (36')
27. Justin Shonga (41')
42. Augustine Mulenga (58')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 8
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
78'
40
Goalkeeper
41'
0
Defender
41
Defender
74'
15
Defender
4
Defender
66'
19
Defender
23
Defender
13
Defender
73'
34
Defender
46'
2
Midfielder
6
Defender
13'
13
Midfielder
83'
11
Midfielder
44'
46'
23
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
29'
70'
26
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
47'
8
Forward/Striker
36'
58'
42
Midfielder
65'
12
Forward/Striker
41'
63'
27
Forward/Striker
9
SUBSTITUTIONS
Phetso Maphanga
Defender
63'
39
Reeve Frosler
Midfielder
46'
33
Marshall Munetsi
Midfielder
73'
33
Lehlohonolo Majoro
Forward/Striker
46'
45
Thamsanqa Gabuza
Forward/Striker
83'
31
Daylon Claasen
Midfielder
70'
27
CARDS
Marshall Munetsi
Midfielder
75'
33
Granwald Scott
Midfielder
29'
26
Siyabonga Mpontshane
Goalkeeper
78'
40
Kyle Peters
Goalkeeper
41'
0
Abednego Mosiatlhaga
Midfielder
44'
23
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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