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Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits draw

Posted: 21 April 2012 Time: 22:09

Orlando Pirates missed the chance to open up a four-point lead at the top of the Premiership after being held to a goalless draw by Bidvest Wits at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

In a match dominated by the Buccaneers, the standout players were the Clever Boys’ hard-working defenders and midfielders who ensured that the home team was unable to claim all three points and take a potentially decisive advantage at the head of the log.

The first-half saw little in the way of goalmouth action as both sides struggled to find any kind of attacking rhythm. Other than a couple of half chances, there were no real attacking highlights to speak of.

Wits looked lively down the left through youngster Asive Langwe, who often timed his runs just right to get on the blindside of the Pirates central defenders but was usually let down by poor service from out wide.

As for Pirates, their wingers Tlou Segolela and Daine Klate looked their best route to goal, but the Clever Boys doubled up on them whenever they had the ball and generally did a great job in keeping them quiet.

The best opening of the half went the way of Tokelo Rantie in the 10th minute, but his effort on the turn was neither shot nor cross and didn’t trouble Energy Murambadoro in the Bidvest Wits goal.

The second half followed much the same pattern as the first: Pirates bossed possession but struggled to create chances. Even the introduction of substitutes Dikgang Mabalane, Rudolf Bester and Thulasizwe Mbuyane did little to trouble the Wits backline.

The Clever Boys almost stole the game at the death when Bhongo Jayiya squared a ball for Katlego Pule to shoot, but the youngster put his effort just wide of Moeneeb Josephs’ right-hand post.

Bucs countered with a chance of their own for Bester, but Phillips was able to clear his goal-bound with relative ease after Energy Murambadoro had come off his line somewhat rashly to try and beat the attacker to a long ball.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:29 pm
Hahahaaa Draw specialits. Lene le hana hore letla fella kae
Anonymous
posted: 10:29 pm
Ay bo njalo! Where r the goals MaBhakaniya? SSU is back on the race bt they must beat US (Bucs), Chiefs, Sundowns n Celtics! We must beat Ajax since Khama Billiat will not be there due to the red-card he got today.
Anonymous
posted: 10:31 pm
Still top, but still Iydididi.....thank you Clever Boys for reducing the plaque. Phew!
Anonymous
posted: 10:32 pm
Mxiim...aag my team,wat a boring game dat was.
Nipsy
posted: 10:33 pm
is this a repeat of Wednessday or wht? Tuckshop lossed n Orphans draw, is this wht is going to happen from now going forward?
Anonymous
posted: 10:37 pm
Tonite i saw what i always suspected. Ivan Cossa has bribwd refereed to be biased in favour of teams playing against lig contenders like Chiefs and Downs. Today 1 minute was added to give Chibuku a chance to score a winning goal. against Chiefs a minute was subtracted and wen Chiefs won against P Stars 2 minutes were added. Sies ! Well done to Wits against the odds.
Anonymous
posted: 10:38 pm
Six and four points down the drain,nice one. Big mouths now you have to dig graves to hide yourselves after so talking.
Dunusa is still smeling and Amakakaniya still using old cows who fail to trap the ball Mabalane.
Anonymous
posted: 10:39 pm
@Mathata a.k.a MaProblems......Ukuphi sdindi ndini ses'dididi?
Anonymous
posted: 10:39 pm
Sanity prevailed!God be with us all.
Anonymous
posted: 10:39 pm
I said after Chibuku beat Cosmos that Chibuku will not win another match. Anybody disputes that now dimpya ke lona Mabukubuku.
Anonymous
posted: 10:41 pm
A point is better than a 1-0 loss to PMB united respectively...... Bucs is the only team that winning the league lies within their fate. 2 points clear, 4 games to go. Really ke super diski. Well done boys the log standing will remain the same after 30 games. Treple winners back 2 back. That is why i am a Bhakaniya.
Anonymous
posted: 10:41 pm
intresting....
I like absa premiership unlike epl /la liga
its unpredictable.
Anonymous
posted: 10:42 pm
Their 12th player did his best by increasing 7 more minutes. This team is predictable with their so called depth that they claim to have. Bucs go to hell
Anonymous
posted: 10:43 pm
Irvin Khoza must step down Tzozo and concentrate on his Rat Army and his ammo, nami I'm fliippin' gatvol of the refferees......he was even scared to give them a clear penalty because abantu bazothini. LOL.
Anonymous
posted: 10:43 pm
Hope my "Mighty Birds" don't choke tomorrow in Botshabelo.
Anonymous
posted: 10:45 pm
That was a clear penalty with Klate.
KidKudu7
posted: 10:45 pm
The Mighty Bucs is still on TOP of the PSL log nina zingulube ze zebras & domkops.

Anonymous
posted: 10:45 pm
Mabalane denied us victory.Maybe he wanted to be a hero i dont know.He is useless.The coach must just throw him to the stands.He will never learn.
Anonymous
posted: 10:46 pm
Thanx for that Point it will definitely count going forward......we were Flat flat tonight,from mid to strikers.....but Palacious is fast proving,he can't take this job.....No ways,....where is football,what do you call this thing we playing,Y Klaite played the whole game????
Anonymous
posted: 10:47 pm
tebotouch, unamanga! You ai'nt liking sh*t!

Wena nje uswabile, like a wet Rat nje tu.
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