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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: 03:55 am
Ths is the gr8st club in southern africa
Champ Mzi
posted: 04:01 am
Bucselona etja joy.......
Champ Mzi
posted: 04:02 am
Bucselona etja joy.......
Champ Mzi
posted: 04:04 am
Bucselona etja joy.......
Champ Mzi
posted: 04:06 am
Bucselona etja joy.......
posted: 05:30 am
Wow what a come back now Pirates thats championship material and guys be patient with Krol and you might actually scoop this to Maayfair, for the 1st time ever Pirates fans are not saying s.h.i.t about Chiefs.
posted: 06:46 am
i little disapointed Meyiwa ws given a chance & he made 2 expensive blunders & Pirates played without direction in 1st half.. Bt big up 2 the boys they showed hunger & charecter in the 2nd half.
posted: 06:52 am
krol did a good job.well done 2 the boys 4 their good work.keep it up.lets stop blamming mr goach,and show support.
posted: 07:11 am
congrats bucs. as 4 superspots and sabc, shame to u for not showing us the match of the season. i had dstv because i dont want to watch repeats, but now i have to wacth pirates repeat in june on sabc.
posted: 07:18 am
not only is our country not blessed with decent footballers but also we have some of the lousiest fans in the world,as late as friday people were calling for the coach to be fired.all of a sudden the team is sitting at th summit of the league he should be given a chance,will the sentiments have been the same had we lost the game?
posted: 07:29 am
Id rather have de rats on de summit dan de fools called clowns. We'll have a break about de s**t called pta soccer league. Shapa sion shapa. Khosification.
posted: 07:34 am
Re le file borothonyana gore le je Bakhajuju, at the end of Sunday the African kings wil take what's theirs and it wil be 'ON YOUR MARKS, READY, GOOO!!'. Clean that seat for us fellow Sowetans, we'll pay u with a kiss in the ass, shapa Makhozi shapaaaa!! Le a rumulana lona Pie-lerete, get off our seat nowww!
posted: 07:44 am
Does this mean Krol is staying? Thoko was the 1 who was killing team spirit. Khosi 1
posted: 07:52 am
waz chansa thr whn we lost 2 the cabages ?
posted: 07:53 am
Congrats Bucs on your great comeback, enjoy staying on top.
posted: 08:03 am
it seems as if chibuku are on the right track for the most balanced team award...

posted: 08:04 am
Now tell me, as a businessman, would you fire Kroll? You hypocrites r so biased and pathetically partisan. Kroll must go, then Happy days are here...gagagagagaga...you r pathetic. Kroll is a winning coach Period Star or no star ,he brings results for Khoza.
posted: 08:11 am
SABC AND SUPERSPORTwhy did you all show us the same game. We love to have a choice. We are not all Sunclowns fans nor Supersport.

Now we didnt have a chance to witness the match of the season. Shame on you SABC AND SUPERSPORT. I wish you get some technical errors along the way in the near future
posted: 08:11 am
bucs you outplayed yourselves, till death do us part. Bucs you rock my world...
posted: 08:29 am
@dikotsi-the last time i checked u were musona fc fan,and krol ke coach ya pirates...don't u think u must wait 4 ur team headlines to comment?we as bucs fans we say krol must fokof,win or lose we won't change our mind....SHAKIRAH LOVE TEKO AND PIRATES.
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