MTN8 : Bidvest Wits bulldozed Orlando Pirates out of the MTN 8
Bidvest Wits have through to the semi-finals after knocking Orlando Pirates out of the MTN8 with a 2-1 win at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday night.
Two costly mistakes by Ovono allowed Wits to score two goals which they protected with their life’s
While on the other hand Orlando Pirates barely made the Bidvest Wits defence to sweat as they struggled to reach their box
The narrow margin of victory was a tiny part of the story behind this uncompromising and often brutal game.
A non-stop flurry of heated exchanges, aggressive tackles and deliberate fouls meant constant intervention from the beleaguered officials.
The referee had to show so many cards that eventually he had to keep his back pocket unbuttoned.
An unprecedented amount of extra-time was also awarded as so much stoppage time piled up.
Oupa Manyisa gave Bucs the lead in the 16th minute after Thulani Hlatshwayo brought down Tendai Ndoro and ref pointed to the spot
That would be the last chance Pirates reached the Bidvest Wits goal line in long time
On the 38th minute , Felipe Ovono couldn’t handle the ball from Buhle Mkhwanazi’s close-range header the ball fell back over the line and he failed to keep to keep it out.
The second half saw the introduction Thabiso Kutumela and Thabo Qalinge for Thabo Rakhele and Riyaad Norodien in a bit to give Pirate some attacking power.
On Pelembe was introduced in the Ngele
Ovono handling errors continued and he was let off the hook by Hlatshwayo’s after he failed to handle a corner that fell on the defenders feet but he failed to tap the ball in the 70th minute
Bidvest Wits then Rodgers on the 75 minute in the place of Malajila
Five minutes later Hlatshwayo didn’t need a second invitation when Ovono yet again deal with Thabang Monare’s swerving long range shot, the hard tackling defender known as ‘Tyson’ accepted the free gift to put Wits ahead 2 -1
In 81 minute Mushin made his the last attempted to get an equalizer by introducing Nkosi for Makola who was absent from the game
Meanwhile Wits introduced Nhlapo for Mhango in the dying minutes of the game
Xola Mlambo received a second yellow card for dissent in stoppage time and was sent off
Bidvest Wits: Josephs, Hlanti, Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi, Allie, Monare, Mlambo, Klate, Mhango (Nhlapo 89′), Ngele (Pelembe 57′), Malajila (Rodgers 75′)
Orlando Pirates: Ovono, Sikhakhane, Gcaba, Gyimah, Matlaba, Mobara, Makola (Nkosi 81′), Manyisa (c), Rakhale (Kutumela 46′), Norodien (Qalinge 46′), Ndoro