PSL

Wits dump Pirates out of MTN8

2016-08-27 22:30
Gavin Hunt (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Despite taking the lead in the first half through Oupa Manyisa's penalty, Orlando Pirates lost 2-1 to Bidvest Wits in an MTN8 quarter-final clash at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday night. 

Goals from defenders Buhle Mkhwanazi and Thulani Hlatshwayo allowed the Clever Boys to go through to the next round of the competition. 

The loss for the Soweto giants means they are now out of the Wafa Wafa competition, following in the footsteps of Platinum Stars and Kaizer Chiefs. 

In the early stages of the encounter, the Clever Boys piled pressure as early as the 12th minute when Thabang Monare tried a long range effort, but goalkeeper Felipe Ovono produced a fine save. 

However, against the run of play, the Buccaneers were awarded a penalty when Wits skipper Hlatshwayo fouled Tendai Ndoro in the box. 

Pirates captain, Manyisa stepped up in the 16th minute to send goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs the wrong way to hand Muhsin Ertugral's men a deserved lead.  

Gavin Hunt's men kept knocking on Pirates' door chasing an equaliser but Ovono was the man to deny them, making a number of saves from dangerous crosses through Daine Klate. 

Nevertheless, the Equatorial Guinea international keeper finally cracked when defender Mkhwanazi headed home a set piece from Frank Mhango's corner in the 38th minute. It was 1-1 at the interval. 

Upon their return, Pirates nearly made it 2-1 as Ndoro hit the woodwork after a wonderful pass from Abbubaker Mobara with Josephs beaten in the 47th minute. 

However, with less than 15 minutes to go, Ovono spilled Monare's shot. He pushed the ball straight into Hlatshwayo's path in the box and the defender made no mistake to finish from close range. 

In the last four minutes, Ndoro received a great ball from the right wing in what was their final chance and the Zimbabwean attempted a spectacular bicycle kick to score an equaliser but it narrowly went wide. 

In the wake of the victory, the Students have now secured their place in the semifinals, joining Cape Town City and Chippa United.

Read more on:    wits  |  orlando pirates  |  mtn8  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
25 September 2016
Bloemfontein Celtic v Golden Arrows, Dr. Molemela Stadium 15:00
27 September 2016
Maritzburg United v Polokwane City, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
Highlands Park v Cape Town City, Makhulong Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Platinum Stars, Orlando Stadium 19:30
28 September 2016
Free State Stars v Kaizer Chiefs, James Motlatsi Stadium 19:30
Baroka FC v Chippa United, New Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Golden Arrows v SuperSport United, Princess Magogo Stadium 19:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

When all is said and done in the 2015/16 Absa Premiership season, who will be crowned champions of South Africa?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

Big month in the world of golf as the FedEx Cup concludes on the PGA Tour, the Race to Dubai gathers steam on the European Tour and the Sunshine Tour offers local golfers the chance to bank some cash. Oh, and not forgetting the USA v Europe Ryder Cup showdown at Hazeltine!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.