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Orlando Pirates v Bidvest Wits

Posted: 13 September 2014 Time: 19:44

Bidvest Wits were unlucky to go down 1-0 to Orlando Pirates in a Premiership match on Saturday night.

An own goal scored by a deflection off goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez from a Siyabonga Sangweni shot six minutes from time saw the Buccaneers walk away with all three points at Orlando Stadium.

The result sees Pirates up to third on the table with 11 points while Wits dropped to fourth place with ten points.

It was not the best display of football by either side, especially the second half which produced very little in terms of goalmouth action.

The match did get off to a positive start with both teams on the attack early on.

In the third minute Sibusiso Vilakazi met a right wing cross, but he saw his ten-yard header brilliantly saved by the fingertips of Senzo Meyiwa.

A minute later Pirates had their first effort on goal when Kermit Erasmus broke through on goal, but was stopped in his tracks by Fernandez.

In the 22nd minute Wits should have taken the lead when Sameehg Doutie played Getaneh Kebede in behind the Buccaneers defence with pin-point pass, but fired inches over the crossbar from ten-yards out.

Pirates suffered a bit of a setback on the half hour mark when Thandani Ntshumayelo had to leave the field injured and was replaced by Daine Klate.

That took the sting out of the game a bit as the teams entered the break all-sqaure.

The second half was a poor affair with both teams guilty of wasting possession and consequently chances on goal were few and far between.

The game looked to be heading for a stalemate before an unfortunate incident saw Fernandez put the ball into his own net.

Siya Sangweni unleashed a 24-yard thunderbolt that struck the right-hand post and then into the back of a diving Fernandez and over the goalline, 1-0.

HOME: Orlando Pirates

Coach: Vladimir Vermezovic
Formation: four two three one

Livefyre comments on this story...

zebradoubblekick
posted: 2014-09-14 10:55:42

If you were watching the game you saw it, it hit the upright and back to rowen`s head and deflected back into the net. Luck does help sometimes but 3 points it remains, that`s soccer.

Try to watch the replay as many times as you can even vv saw it.

zebradoubblekick
posted: 2014-09-14 10:57:51

@macopollo you are right it`s too early, you can relax and draw or lose as many games as you can, why hurry.

ninja4bucs
posted: 2014-09-14 12:05:27

zebradoublekick I disagree, a lucky goal is when a goalkeeper takes a goal kick into his own net, or it hits a referee rebounds to Majoro to finish. Wits keeper was already beaten. That is a special goal.

Is a goal taken from 45 yards canons on the cross bar and down into the net a lucky goal?

ninja4bucs
posted: 2014-09-14 12:08:38

Super Champ ( Super Finalist & KO Specialist) Maluleka will shed 10 kilos on the 20th

ninja4bucs
posted: 2014-09-14 12:09:03

 Maluleka will shed 10 kilos on the 20th

zebradoubblekick
posted: 2014-09-14 13:43:03

I am not dicrediting the effort taken by sangweni if you don`t try your luck no one will do it for you, the luck part comes in only because the ball hit the upright and hit the helpless goalkeeper`s head and deflected back into the net. You need to watch the repeat. If the goalkeeper was not there at that moment the ball would have gone back in the field. That`s why vv said you were lucky.

thebigbucs
posted: 2014-09-14 16:07:44

All I know wits will take 3 points against the zebras....

zebradoubblekick
posted: 2014-09-14 16:17:09

@thebigbucks what a wise comment, you are a very wise person.

OnceAndAlways
posted: 2014-09-15 07:31:00

My starting eleven for Pirates:


-----------------------Meyiwa--------------------------


Jele-----Rooi-----Siya-----Matlaba----


-----------Ace-------Bibo----------


Masuku---Mnyeni----Klate-------


-----------Erasmus------------



Replace Klate with Qalinge in the second half, Mnyeni with Makola and Erusmus with the Major. Sarr was a good addition to the ship but he lacks creativity and therefore should only be brought on when we are trying to consolidate the middle of the park. The coach also needs to start resting Manyisa for the important games, we simply cannot afford to have him playing week-in and week-out.  

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