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Orlando Pirates beat Bidvest Wits

Posted: 22 January 2011 Time: 22:18

Orlando Pirates came back from a two-goal deficit to register a 3-2 win against Bidvest Wits at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

Goals from Stanton Fredericks and Sifiso Vilakazi gave Wits a 2-0 half-time lead, but Bucs came back strongly in the second half to score three goals through Isaac Chansa (brace) and Katlego Mashego.

The result means that Wits have now gone eight games without a win, while Pirates have managed the same number of games without a loss and have gone to the top of the standings on 32 points after Sundowns lost 1-0 to SuperSport United.

Pirates didn’t take any time in signaling their attacking intent when Chansa zoomed past Wits defenders in the seventh minute, but his attempt was well blocked by Michael Morton.

Bucs goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa made a brilliant save in the 22nd minute to deny Patrick Pungwayo what looked like a goal when he parried for a corner.

At that stage Wits had the upper hand and deservedly found a breakthrough courtesy of Fredericks in the 25th minute when he capitalised on Meyiwa’s failure to handle Sifiso Myeni’s cross.

The goal seemed to ignite the visitors as they enjoyed a threatening spell for the next four minutes and it came as no surprise when, under pressure, Meyiwa once more fumbled a shot from Sipho Mngomezulu and Vilakazi pounced on Meyiwa’s mistake.

Pirates regrouped in the second half, but still Wits gave them a tough time. Roger de Sa’s charges played a defensive game and it was difficult to penetrate. Darren Keet produced a stunning save when he denied Oupa Manyisa in the 47th minute.

Pirates could have at least scored their first in the 60th minute, but two consecutive shots from Oupa Manyisa and Mark Mayambela hit the post.

Pirates never gave up fighting and finally scored in the 68th minute through Chansa. Mayambela then zoomed past Pungwayo before crossing to the Zambian to score his second for the day with an easy tap-in in the 72nd minute.

At this stage Pirates were dictating terms for their opponents. With the ball now swinging from end to end, with both sides looking for the third goal, the action kept the fans on the edge of their seats.

But it was Pirates who came up victorious after another Mashego sent their fans into raptures. The Pirates striker capitalised on Kampamba Chintu’s defensive error before beating Keet to score in time added on.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:26 pm
happy days ar bak bt mr coach u hv bin freezing out mashego 4 so long. I want 2 c pirates playng wth 2 strikers
Ms Kay
posted: 10:26 pm
Bucaners for life..........Shapaaaaaaaaaa...
posted: 10:26 pm
Fourth official did it again. I am glad he's the fourth official who does business every time he's called into action. Shapaaaaaaaa tse ntshoooooo...where are they now the so called experts or must I say jealous morons?

Again, who tops the log? Hela jalo sani kwa Mangaung kamoso...go jewa batho...ba tshogile and we've put them under severe pressure because they will try to emulate their heroes by trying to win and they will be clobbered. Hawueeeeeeeeennnnnng
posted: 10:28 pm
Unbelievable comeback, I'm really speechless!
There is a lot to take out of this game, maybe, just maybe!
posted: 10:32 pm
i hope today pie city suppoters will praise kroll for a change!..........pie city is number1.....unussual ne?hehehehehe sunclowns is goiiiiiiiiiing down...come tomorow they will be number 3 ........shapa matsatsantsa! Shapa!....wer sweeeto and wonder????
posted: 10:44 pm
The best game of the season...according to live commentary of KO. Wow...I always believed in giving the coach and players including Mbuyane a chance and today they proved that only patience is required. No team has achieved this incredible milestone even the self proclaimed best team of Cabbages...they know we lead in making history and they follow of course only if they are capable.

Pirateeeeesssssseeeeee dumela dumela dumela dumela, Pirateessssseeee dumelaaaaaaaaaaa...Irvin Khozaaaa dumela dumela dumela dumelaaaaaaaaa...ke nake in which those who were on top drop and those who were bottom climb over to where they belong...eish...I am going to sleep tight and happy and I will give g/friend my back because I will be happy after what OPFC has done...happy people.
posted: 10:53 pm
waw..what a come back?
we were dead and buried and we managed to snatch a win. This is great mabhakabhaka. I love the fighting spirit.
May this is our year to win the league.

Up the BUCs
posted: 11:06 pm
Iyoyo Joe, iyoyo Joe ijimaphi le weight? Ijima e Orlando.

Shaya Bhakabhaka shaya.

Awe Siwele sama sele.
posted: 11:07 pm
Dream on Tolly.
What can we say? just keep on dreaming.
The league ends in may not tonight.
posted: 11:08 pm
all the more reason y krol shud go! ayopa chansa nd mahoooooota!
posted: 11:14 pm
Well done 2 Rats ! I personaly appreciate the fighting spirit shown by Izipokwe, guys enjoy ur short stay on top u realy fought 4 it.
posted: 11:15 pm
At the Top is were we belong & catch us if u can! Hey Krol were was Mashego & Chansa all along? We know we belong at the top but u try ur best 2 kill our team by benching quality players. Up the Bucs! Once a pirate always!
Don Papapi
posted: 11:19 pm
Nice come back from the Rats. Nicely done.
Now just make sure you clean that #1 spot for us when we take over tomorrow.

Black and Gold
posted: 11:25 pm
1nc n always
posted: 12:10 am
I was born a pirates supporter and will die a pirates supporter. Well done boys keep up the good work and youll be rewarded. love bucs
posted: 12:13 am
Hmmmmmmm slow down boys there is still a long way to go becareful not to run out of steam... well done.
posted: 12:19 am
ayoba bhakaniya ayoba - thanks guys u really made me proud !!
posted: 12:20 am
It waz the Bucs Vs Kaizer Wits,it waz a magical win,bad lucky Kaizer Wits,the Bucs will always be up. Any question?
posted: 02:19 am
bucs rule psl
posted: 03:20 am
thankz pirates for make us proud.
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