Orlando Pirates
  • Thabo Matlaba (33)
  • Tlou Segolela (70)
2 - 0
Orlando Stadium
24/11/2012 18:00

Pirates close the gap on Chiefs

Orlando Pirates beat Bidvest Wits

Posted: 24 November 2012 Time: 07:55 pm

Goals from Thabo Matlaba and Tlou Segelola saw Orlando Pirates beat Bidvest Wits 2-0 at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

With Kaizer Chiefs having lost to Platinum Stars earlier in the day, Bucs were desperate for the win to close the gap at the top of the standings.

The Clever Boys started the game in a very defensive manner and seemed to have frustrated the home side until a moment of brilliance by Matlaba secured the opening goal.

It was a goal against the run of play in the 33rd minute. Matlaba got the ball just over the half way line and he did not wait too long until firing in a thunderous long-range attempt, which sailed high and over Ryan Harrison and into the top corner.

In the 42nd minute Calvin Kadi and Sibusiso Vilakazi combined well, but Pirates were quick enough to stop the potential danger.

It took three minutes into the second half for Bucs keeper Senzo Meyiwa to have his first save of the game from Ofentse Nato, who just could not get enough power behind his effort.

Then in the 55th minute came the moment of controversy as Wits had a penalty appeal turned down. Calvin Kadi beat Siyabonga Sangweni for pace and the Bucs defender seemed to clip the striker in the box, but the referee waved play on.

And it was Pirates who scored the next goal. This time, Matlaba supplied the ball to Segolela, who flicked the ball over the advancing Harrison for another fine goal.

HOME: Orlando Pirates

  • 1 Senzo Meyiwa
  • 3 Patrick Phungwayo
  • 8 Thabo Matlaba
  • 14 Lucky Lekgwathi
  • 21 Siyabonga Sangweni
  • 6 Thandani Ntshumayelo
  • 7 Daine Klate
    84 mins - Manti Moholo
  • 11 Sifiso Myeni
  • 20 Oupa Manyisa
  • 24 Khethokwakhe Masuku
    58 mins - Tlou Segolela
  • 9 Collins Mbesuma
    76 mins - Takesure Chinyama

AWAY: Bidvest Wits

  • 31 Ryan Harrison
  • 4 S'boniso Gumede
  • 5 Aaron Mokoena
  • 13 Thomas Sweswe
  • 26 Tlou Molekwane
  • 6 Matthew Pattison
    77 mins - Bryce Moon
  • 8 Tinashe Nengomasha
  • 10 Sibusiso Vilakazi
  • 17 Papy Faty
  • 23 Ofentse Nato
    85 mins - Miguel Timm
  • 9 Calvin Kadi

Previous comments on this story...

murecks
posted: 07:59 pm
shaaaapa BUCANNEEEER SSSSSHAAAAAPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Mosixty
posted: 08:00 pm
It was a game of 2 half so I hear since I only watched the second half.....if maybe.....I say maybe...Wits was given a decision it would have changed the complection of the game but I'm not gonna dwell on that .....Now the difference between number 1 and number 2 is 1 point and it does not change anything at the top.....congratulation to pirates they really wanted it more
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 08:00 pm
And the gap came down to 1..... Its a marathon folks and we know how to pace ourselves

DTC '37
tebotouch
posted: 08:00 pm
that's how the championship is won.
Hahahaha
so zebras are nolonger holy , no longer virgins cant wait for 8th to screw this new bitch and widen that hole.
Anti-Zebra
posted: 08:00 pm
It's the very last time we see this headline. The next headline will be, “Pirates overtake Tortoises to take top position.” After that it's “Pirates extend their lead”
Gold
posted: 08:01 pm
I guess the derby is the decider in a way.......I'm confident we gonna win Q2 nonetheless and Go all the way to clinch the title....... We are reclaiming this Glory one way or the ada

Mighty I Am........its the only standard
Galaxy-4
posted: 08:07 pm
When they look down they see the GHOST?

No matter what is said about the BUCS - who cares?
Which only team in the PSL wears the ABSA badge of Champions on its sleeves?

Champs maintaining and not reclaiming!
ninja
posted: 08:07 pm
Ok makhosi, khoza bribing refeerees again. First he bribed the referee in rustenburg. But hey you must admit, that gotta hurt, doesnt that hurt?
Good! !!!!!
That hurts. The champs are here.
Rodger must goooooo,fullstop
posted: 08:08 pm
The golden gap,gap gapo,its vanishing slowly bt surely. The date has been set,nd please stop that nonses concert you wanna hav in that stadium,we want the pitch in a state of the art condition,we want to see those tortoises properly.
CHAMPION ,CHAMPION.to sum it up DTC we shall remain
Mosixty
posted: 08:10 pm
Sangweni just admitted that it was a penalty though he was speaking in tongues
mthimu
posted: 08:11 pm
Orlando Wits Pierats is being helped by refs , If they do not get a penalty ,opposition will be denied a clean penalty , Why a penalty was not given when Kadi was clearly brought down in the box . sesijwayele that they get helped time and again . May we have a fair ref on the 08th when we bamboozle them
ZebraHunter
posted: 08:11 pm
Nywe nywe nywe he he 4 point lead kae? We told you we coming you coward zebras. We'll finish you off come the 8th of december.
deBuc
posted: 08:11 pm
Up de Bucs until Kaizer Junior stops using makeup and starts scoring goals 4 daddy' team
Rhuu 4 da champs! OPFC
posted: 08:13 pm
lets celebrate mabacaneer...its our time until 4ever..1point is nothng compared to the real champs...im drnking henene wit my felow champs...up da bucs!
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 08:15 pm
When Pirates has arrived you will hear a some jealous people halluscinating..!! Seeying non-existence penalties and creating stories..!! Pirates eya shaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaapaaaaaa..!!

The yellow gap is gooooooooooooooooone..!!!
Anti-Zebra
posted: 08:19 pm
What a world class goal by Tlou 'Sox' Segolela. Well compoal.

But I'm not pleased by the overall performance. But then again, true Champions win games regardless of their Phperformance.

Myeni for me did not show up for me today. Bibo and Ace did not press forward enough. I suppose that was because Wits packed the midfield creating little space for the Buccaneers to play their game. Mbesuma tried but the Wits defense gave him little opportunities to have a go at the keeper. Wits were good opponents on the day. If they were playing against any other team they would've won.

The better side won today.

Operation bring back the stolen panties is in full swing. The dried fruit are not on the agenda so they may keep them. Security is beefed up.

Pirates in association with Woolworths. Acer has joined the mix.

Since 1937.
mthimu
posted: 08:19 pm
Orlando Wits Pierats is being helped by refs , If they do not get a penalty ,opposition will be denied a clean penalty , Why a penalty was not given when Kadi was clearly brought down in the box . sesijwayele that they get helped time and again . May we have a fair ref on the 08th when we bamboozle them
xakekile.com
posted: 08:21 pm
THANK YOU BOYS JOB WELLDONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Inkomo
posted: 08:21 pm
well done pirates.
khosi is alive.
ninja
posted: 08:21 pm
Mosixty, whether it was or was not, whether they would scored or not, you remember well how many meyiwa stopped against your team, after all, I'M GLAD IT HURTS.
If our win does not hurt, its not worth it.
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