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Pirates Secure MTN8 Final Spot

MTN8 Semi-Final Second Leg
 
Score: Orlando Pirates 3-1 Bidvest Wits
 
Date: 23 August 2014
 
Venue: Orlando Stadium
 
Orlando Pirates booked the spot in the final of the MTN8 after securing a 3-1 win over Bidvest Wits in their semi-final second leg clash at the Orlando Stadium.
 
 
It was one way traffic in the opening 30 minutes, as Wits piled on the pressure from the onset, giving the Pirates players no time on the ball and forcing them back into their own half.
 
Vincent Pule should have given Wits the lead as early as third minute, but the winger blasted over from 12-yards out.
 
The Clever Boys' new signing Sameegh Doutie was proving to be a menace down the right flank, keeping Thabo Matlaba pinned back in his own half for large parts of the first half.
 
And Buhle Mkhwanazi should have given his side the lead in the 11th minute, but the defender steered his header wide of the mark from close range.
 
Sibusiso Vilakazi almost gave Wits the lead in the 30th minute, as his snap shot forced Senzo Meyiwa into a fine finger-tip save.
 
Pirates only got into the game towards the end of the first half, with Kermit Erasmus having a couple efforts on goal, which failed to trouble Jackson Mabokgwane.
 
A minute after the halftime break and Ngcobo should have given the visitors the lead, however he managed to direct his header wide of the target.
 
Seven minutes after the restart, and Pirates took the lead, courtesy of a great run and finish from Erasmus.
 
Kebede pulled equalised for Wits in the 76th minute from the penalty spot, after he brought down Rooi Mahamutsa in the box.
 
The home side then went ahead in the 83rd minute, as Majoro scored his first goal of the season with a sublime volley.
 
Oupa Manyisa could have increased the lead three minutes later but the midfielder had his penalty saved by Jackson Mabokgwane.
 
Majoro then got his second of the night with a delightful lob from 25-yards out to take the aggregate score to 5-1 and seal Pirates' passage into the final.
 
Here's how they line up:
 
Orlando Pirates: Meyiwa, Jele, Mahamutsa, Sangweni, Matlaba, Sarr, Ntshumayelo, Klate, Manyisa, Makola, Erasmus
 
Bidvest Wits: Mabokgwane, Kwakman, Losper, Vilakazi, Pule, Doutie, Mkhwanazi, Ngcobo, Nhlapo, Sheppard, Ntshangase
 

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