MATCH CENTRE

WED 15 AUGUST 2018, 19:30, ORLANDO STADIUM

0
VS
1

Pirates beaten at home by Wits

by Graeme Jackson

Wed August 15, 21:34

Orlando Pirates’ hopes of rising to the top of the Absa Premiership were dashed on Wednesday evening when they were beaten 1-0 at home by Bidvest Wits.

The Clever Boys’ victory at the Orlando Stadium – which was secured by a late own goal from Gladwin Shitolo – saw them open up a three-point lead at the top of the log, while the Buccaneers dropped one place to sixth.

Wits created the first clear scoring chance of the match, with a 12th-minute move seeing Deon Hotto pick out Mxolisi Machupu on the edge of the penalty area, but his goal-bound effort was tipped over the crossbar by Siyabonga Mpontshane.

On 25 minutes the Clever Boys created another good chance, with a route-one ball allowing Gift Motupa the chance to open up space for a shot, but he sent his effort over the target.

Pirates gradually began to assert themselves but struggled to find a way past Wits’ defence. Yet in the 43rd minute the visitors’ Sifiso Hlanti made a terrible error which resulted in Justin Shonga finding himself one-one-one with Darren Keet, only to fail in his attempt to beat the goalkeeper.

Pirates attacker Augustine Mulenga did not emerge for the second half after suffering an ankle injury and the hosts replaced him with Thamsanqa Gabuza.

The Buccaneers nearly claimed the lead in the 54th minute, with former Wits man Vincent Pule breaking into space in the middle of the park before unleashing a long-range effort which had the beating of Keet but rebounded off the upright.

The Soweto side looked the likelier scorers through the second half, though they were restricted to long-range efforts such as those by Shonga and Xola Mlambo which were well-struck but failed to find the target.

Against the run of play, Wits claimed the lead in the 80th minute. Substitute Haashim Domingo did great work to break free down the right of the penalty area and send in a low cross which took a wicked deflection off defender Gladwin Shitolo to beat Mpontshane at his near post.

Pirates looked for an equaliser as the minutes ticked down and substitute Paseka Mako sent a powerful left-footed effort over the bar in the 88th, though Keet appeared to have the shot covered had it been on target.

Both teams will be in Absa Premiership action again this weekend, with Wits at home to SuperSport United on Saturday night and Pirates away to Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday afternoon.

Orlando Pirates 0
Bidvest Wits (0) 1 (Shitolo og 80’)

Pirates: Mpontshane, Thopola, Jele, Shitolo, Maela, Mlambo, Motshwari, Nyatama, Pule (Lorch 77’), Shonga (Mako 67’), Mulenga (Gabuza 47’)

Wits: Keet, Hlatshwayo, Johannes, Mkhwanazi, Hlanti, Dzvukamanja (Domingo 64’), Alexander (Weidlich 86’), Monare, Hotto, Machupu, Motupa (Murray 58’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ORLANDO STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS BIDVEST WITS GOALS
6. Gladwin Shitolo (80') (OG)
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP
40
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
35
Defender
15
Defender
4
Defender
16
Defender
90 + 2'
23
Defender
13
Midfielder
27
3
Midfielder
80'
6
Midfielder
86'
17
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
58'
24
Forward/Striker
47'
17
Midfielder
28
Forward/Striker
67'
12
Midfielder
64'
37
Forward/Striker
77'
45
Midfielder
8
SUBSTITUTIONS
Thamsanqa Gabuza
Forward/Striker
47'
31
Simon Murray
Midfielder
58'
9
Paseka Mako
Midfielder
67'
29
Haashim Domingo
Forward/Striker
64'
21
Thembinkosi Lorch
Midfielder
77'
3
Dennis Weidlich
Defender
86'
5
CARDS
Innocent Maela
Defender
90 + 2'
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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