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Wits Down Struggling Bucs To Move Top

Absa Premiership Report: Orlando Pirates v Bidvest Wits 15 February 2017

By Soccer Laduma - Feb 15, 2017 09:23 PM
Absa Premiership
 
Full-Time: Orlando Pirates 1-2 Bidvest Wits
 
Date: 15 February 2017
 
Venue: Orlando Stadium
 
Bidvest Wits have moved to the top of the Absa Premiership standings, after securing a 2-1 win over struggling Orlando Pirates.
 
 
The Clever Boys looked lively in the opening stages, most notably Phakamani Mahlambi, who was given the freedom to roam.
 
Jackson Mabokgwane was called upon in the opening 15 minutes, as he produced a couple fine saves to deny Mahlambi and James Keene.
 
The Buccaneers started enjoying more of the possession after 20 minutes, but were unable to take advantage as Darren Keet pulled off a few good stops.
 
However, Wits broke the deadlock on 29 minutes as Gabadinho Mhango cut between two Pirates defenders, before curling the ball into the top corner.
 
Gavin Hunt's charges took control after going ahead with Granwald Scott and Thabang Monare taking control in the middle of the park.
 
Wits eventually doubled their lead on the stroke of halftime as Mhango rose above Mobara to send a powerful header past Mabokgwane, 2-0.
 
Pirates were dealt a blow on 50 minutes as Marc Van Heerden was forced off with an injury. He was replaced by Thembela Sikhakhane.
 
The Buccaneers eventually pulled a goal back in the 61st minute when Happy Jele smashed home from close range, after Darren Keet could only parry Dove Wome's header.
 
Pirates were then reduced to 10 men in the 77th minute when Mabokgwane was shown a straight red card for handling the ball outside of the box. 
 
Jele finished the match as Pirates' goalkeeper, after the club had used all three substitutions before the sending off.
 
Despite being a man down, Pirates pushed for an equaliser in the closing stages but the Wits defence managed to hold out until the final whistle.
 
Pirates have now stretched their winless run in the top flight to seven games, as they occupy 10th spot.
 
 
Here's how they lined up:
 
Pirates: 16. Mabokgwane, 2. Gcaba, 4. Jele, 8. Matlaba, 36. Van Heerden (Sikhakhane 51') , 45. Mobara, 20. Manyisa, 29. Lorch, 11.. Memela, 35. Wome, 7. Ndoro.
 
Wits: 1. Keet, 2. Allie, 3. Hlatshwayo, 7. Klate, 8. Monare, 13. Hlanti, 15. Mkhwanazi, 17. Mhango Myeni 90+2'), 26. Scott, 27. Mhalambi (Pelembe 62'), 28. Keene. (Malajila 73')
 
 


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Rolex Malekeng Maleka Joined: 12 Jan 2017
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Rolex Malekeng Maleka Feb 18, 2017 06:59 AM
Why is dis guy always complaining if he loses or draws, if is not about the pitch is about the referee or the player, ahg man even Barca and Munchen loses.
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lavaboy khiba Feb 16, 2017 11:30 PM
pirates is finished
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Michaeltshigama Feb 16, 2017 06:35 PM
It doesn't rain but pours to Bucs
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Annah20 Feb 16, 2017 03:37 PM
@Schweinstriker_31 hahaha! Pirates e bona ghost, its always a draw/lose situation.
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jafar Feb 16, 2017 12:27 PM
Be ware for mhango is dangerous
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model c version 2 Feb 16, 2017 11:46 AM
I like it whn rats suffer like ths #straight to nfd
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Mshayiwamateam Feb 16, 2017 11:27 AM
Mabhakaniya this will pass. Neeskins almost got us relegated.Like success this just a faze.it will pass
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model c version 2 Feb 16, 2017 11:21 AM
Ths team iku ICU
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jaylee king messi Feb 16, 2017 11:09 AM
I m not a rats fan but I believe that rats have quality in the bench so they must drop those poor overrated cows put in the young boys . Ayanda nkosi ,phungwayo ,motupa,magudubela,norodin in the staring line up nd check for better diffenders jele is now playing with his heart
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Bank Balance Feb 16, 2017 10:39 AM
Wuuuuuu LLLLL streak
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Sunny Against Editor Feb 16, 2017 10:31 AM
@ cmawa you really understand soccer bro Matlaba n Manyisa are overrated but they play every match. Where is Phungwayo,what wrong did Phungwayo did at Pirates? ??
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Sunny Against Editor Feb 16, 2017 10:29 AM
Favouritism is killing Pirates, Matlaba is finished, selfish and overrated but he still play every match ahead of Patrick Pungwayo,Manyisa his legs can't carry him anymore since the departure of Andlile Jali but still they play but they don't show any hunger as big guns at the club ....
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cmawa Feb 16, 2017 10:02 AM
matlaba is really overrated, I still dont understand why he is playing every game. Maybe in pirates players dont compete for positions i dont knw
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Mab't Feb 16, 2017 09:59 AM
Pie rats make this league more interesting yeh! @ the moment swallow says "dont follow me follow th..." th coffin is gng down very slowly! RIP +
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cmawa Feb 16, 2017 09:58 AM
I still blame players, Ey sometimes you wonder if it was necessary for them to showboat when they are leading?? that matlaba is a Real Cow, all pirates defense is weak. If you saw the first goal i am sure you will agree with me
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chiccovaro Feb 16, 2017 09:54 AM
i love to laugh at them bt nt like this bad lucky bucks things will change soon i wish u gud luck next match i blv nt hope bt blv u'll nxt match bomakhelwane bam
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alizeboss124 Feb 16, 2017 09:47 AM
Am Speechless
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listolidz Feb 16, 2017 09:13 AM
It's not funny anymore, the skeletons are beaten like no ones business.... speed recovery my compatriots.... #Khosified
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Princinho Feb 16, 2017 09:02 AM
kubi....
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Konakeleph vele?

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