Bucs Defeat Clever Boys
24 November 2012
Teams: Orlando Pirates 2-0 Wits
Date: 24 November 2012
Venue: Orlando Stadium
Referee: Thabo Nkosi
Premiership champions Orlando Pirates reduced Kaizer Chiefs' lead at the summit to one point with a 2-0 victory over Wits on Saturday evening.
The Sea Robbers prevailed through goals either side of the break from Thabo Matlaba and Tlou Segolela at Orlando Stadium.
Earlier, Amakhosi suffered their first league defeat of the season, a 2-0 reverse to Platinum Stars.
In a dull opening half, Zambia hitman Collins Mbesuma fired wide from range following a miscued clearance from Wits goalkeeper Ryan Harrison in the sixth minute.
At the other end, Faty Papy and Sibusiso Vilakazi were likewise off target with their ambitious shots in the 12th and 14th minute respectively.
Mbesuma, who scored in the 4-0 rout of Black Leopards in midweek, earned a free-kick just outside the box midway through the stanza, but Khethokwakhe Masuku curled his attempt to the left of Harrison's upright.
Bucs, however, took the lead 32 minutes in via Matlaba, who beat Harrison with a stunning 35-yard screamer into the top corner.
Masuku nearly pounced on a risky back-pass from ex-Kaizer Chiefs defender Tlou Mokekwane soon after but Harrison was alert and narrowly won the race to the ball.
The Clever Boys net-minder then made a sharp save at his near post to keep out a powerful effort from Mbesuma just before the interval.
Wits started the second period brightly, as Oefentse Nato's scissor kick forced Senzo Meyiwa to make a crucial stop from close range in the 48th minute following good work from Papy and Vilakazi.
The visitors then strongly appealed for a penalty in the 55th minute, as Calvin Kadi tumbled in the box when tussling with Bafana Bafana centre-back Siyabonga Sangweni. Referee Thabo Nkosi, however, ruled in favour of the hosts.
Three minutes later, Vilakazi squeezed a shot just wide of Meyiwa's upright.
Pirates, though, doubled the advantage in the 71st minute through substitute Segolela. The former Bloemfontein Celtic winger, on for Masuku, calmly chipped the ball over the onrushing Harrison after being put through one-on-one by Matlaba.
Wits threatened in the closing stages through efforts from Kadi and Tinashe Nengomasha, but Bucs held on for the three points.
Orlando Pirates: Senzo Meyiwa, Siyabonga Sangweni, Lucky Lekgwathi, Thabo Matlaba, Patrick Phungwayo, Oupa Manyisa, Sifiso Myeni, Daine Klate (Moholo 84'), Thandani Ntshumayelo, Khethokwakhe Masuku (Segolela 58), Collins Mbesuma (Chinyama 77').
Bidvest Wits: Ryan Harrison, Siboniso Gumede, Tlou Mokekwane, Aaron Mokoena, Matty Pattison (Moon 77'), Tinashe Nengomasha, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Thomas Sweswe, Faty Papy, Oefentse Nato (Timm 85'), Calvin Kadi.
Goals: Thabo Matlaba (Pirates 32'), Tlou Segolela (Pirates 71').