Register Login Scores

PSL

Wits Move Closer To Downs With Win Over Bucs

Absa Premiership

Full Time: Bidvest Wits 1-0 Orlando Pirates

Date: 16 March 2016

Venue: Bidvest Stadium

A first half goal from James Keene handed Bidvest Wits a slender 1-0 win over Orlando Pirates in an Absa Premiership match at Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday night.

The result, combined with Mamelodi Sundowns’ loss to Bloemfontein Celtic also on Wednesday night, sees the Students close the gap on the league leaders to four points.

Wits now have 48 points, four behind Sundowns while Pirates are in sixth place with 32 points.

The home side started positively and created the first chance on goal in the fifth minute when a good one-two saw James Keene play Ben Motshwari into space, but he fired inches wide from 16-yards out.

Six minutes later Elias Pelembe drove into the Pirates box from the left, but his 14-yard shot from an acute angle was well-saved by Brighton Mhlongo.

Pirates threatened for the first time in the 23rd minute when a swift counter-attack saw Tendai Ndoro play Luvuyo Memela through on goal, but his ten-yard effort struck the post.

Six minutes later Wits took the lead when Keene turned home a low right-wing cross from Thulani Hlatshwayo at close range, 1-0.

Pirates tried to find their way back into the game before the break, but were unable to do so and went into the change room trailing by a goal.

The second half saw the Buccaneers controlling the ball possession, but they struggled to break down a well-organised Wits defence.

Memela came close to finding the equaliser in the 63rd minute when he met a free-kick cross from Mpho Makola, but his ten-yard header was superbly saved by Moeneeb Josephs.

Two minutes later Josephs was at his best yet again with a finger-tip save to turn a powerful long range shot from Makola around the post.

Wits offered very little in terms of attack in the second half and instead opted to park the bus in defence – a risky strategy, but one that worked as they managed to hold on for the win under immense pressure from the Pirates attack.

Here's how they lined up:

Bidvest Wits: Josephs, Allie, Hlatshwayo, Klate (Khumalo 92’), Pelembe, Hlanti, Mkhwanazi, Shongwe (Nhlapo 75’), Keene (Botes 87’), Motshwari, Ntshangase.

Pirates: Mhlongo, Gcaba, Gyimah, Jele, Matlaba, Sarr, Makola, Qalinge (Majoro 86’), Memela (Rakhale 74’), Myeni (Motupa 62’), Ndoro.

SAFA Owes Us An Explanation!

Starting XI: Wits V Pirates

Masalesa Waiting On Bucs

998 comments

Top 5

Downs To Hijack Chiefs Deal?

218 Mar 29, 2021 10:53 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

10 Richest African Footballers In The World, Past & Present

7 Mar 11, 2021 07:19 PM in African Football

PSL Players Who Have Qualified For AFCON

16 Mar 29, 2021 11:59 AM in PSL

All Eight Teams To Have Qualified For CAFCL Quarters

116 Apr 10, 2021 11:30 PM in African Football

10 SA Players Silently Making Their Mark Abroad

Mar 29, 2021 01:54 PM in Players Abroad

All Eight Teams To Have Qualified For CAFCL Quarters

116 Apr 10, 2021 11:30 PM in African Football

Khan Urges Chiefs To Sign 'Underrated' Midfielder

43 Apr 11, 2021 12:59 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

CAF QF Draw Explained, Who Will Downs & Chiefs Get?

219 Apr 11, 2021 09:35 AM in CAF Champions League

Legend Looks! 10 Of Radabe’s Coolest IG Flexes

1 Apr 12, 2021 10:37 AM in Drip, Style & Swag

Official: Chiefs Qualify For CAF CL Quarter-Finals

786 Apr 10, 2021 10:52 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Nine Chiefs Players Not Going To AFCON

102 Mar 29, 2021 03:22 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

18 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Confirmed: Manyisa's Next Destination Revealed

47 Mar 30, 2021 04:00 PM in PSL

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News