Bucs Suffer First Defeat Of The Season
Absa Premiership Report: Bidvest Wits v Orlando Pirates 23 September 2017
Result: Bidvest Wits 1-0 Orlando Pirates
Date: 23 September 2017
Venue: Bidvest Stadium
Orlando Pirates missed the chance to move top after they lost 1-0 to Bidvest Wits on Saturday evening.
Wits broke the deadlock in the five minute as Gerald Phiri Jnr got on the end of a set-piece, controlled well and fired into the bottom corner.
Pirates nearly leveled mattes moments later, as Thabo Qalinge turned brilliantly before seeing his shot crash off the crossbar.
Gavin Hunt's charges continued to threaten as the half went and looked to James Keene and Amr Gamal as the Buccaneers looked shaky in the opening 30 minutes.
Reeve Frosler nearly handed his side a second goal in the 35th minute but his long-range effort sailed just wide of the upright.
Wits goalkeeper Moneeb Josephs ensured Wits went into the break with a clean sheet as he did well to deny Thabo Matlaba from close range.
The Buccaneers opted for a change in the 51st minutes as the young Lyle Foster made way for Thabiso Kutumela.
With the visitors struggling to create chances, Mpho Makola and Bernard Morrison were introduced after 65 minutes.
Makola went close to handing Pirates an equaliser in the 70th minute but Moeneeb Josephs produced a good save to deny the midfielder.
Wits were pushed back in the final 15 minutes of the stanza, with Pirates pushing for the equaliser.
However, Milutin Sredojevic's charges failed to carve out another chance and were handed their first defeat of the season.
Here's how they lined up:
Wits: 16. Josephs, 4. Khumalo, 5.Damionovic, 6. Monare, 10. Gamal, 13. Hlanti, 21. Phiri, 26. Keene, 30. Motshwari, 33. Frosler, 41. Ntshangase.
Pirates: 30. Sandilands, 4. Jele, 34. Nyauza, 21. Maela, 28. Dube, 11. Matlaba, 14. Nyatama, 21. Qalinge, 3. Lorch, 20. Foster, 31. Gabuza.