Absa Premiership

Wits hand Pirates home defeat

2018-08-15 22:20
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Cape Town - Orlando Pirates suffered a 1-0 home defeat to high-flying Wits in Wednesday's Absa Premiership clash at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg.

Pirates came out of the blocks quickly and had a chance to hit the front inside the opening minutes as Justin Shonga found space but shot straight at Darren Keet in goal.

With that said, Siyabonga Mpontshane had to be sharp to save a strike at his near post from the in-form Deon Hotto just after 10 minutes,

The Sea Robbers responded in the 20th minute as the lively Xola Mlambo forced Darren Keet to tip over the bar from distance.

Former Pirates' player Gift Motupa then sent a shot over the bar which did not test Mpontshane. Augustine Mulenga then saw his shot blocked by Wits' defenders.

Just before the break, Vincent Pule hit the side-netting where he may have done better. At the death, Sifiso Hlanti played Shonga through on goal but he was denied by Keet.

In the second stanza, Bucs came close when they hit the woodwork through Pule on 53 minutes. There were few chances for either outfit though the Clever Boys hit the front.

Domingo proved to be the hero when his strike deflected off the unfortunate Gladwin Shitolo, as Bucs lost their first league match this season.


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