Match Review – BIDVest Wits F.C vs Orlando Pirates F.C
Two teams still unbeaten
Orlando Pirates conceded their first goal of their Absa Premiership season and still remain unbeaten after a 1-1 draw with BIDVest Wits at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening. A fine second half performance by the Clever Boys saw them also maintain their unbeaten run as well.
The first 45 minutes saw Ruud Krol’s side produce a polished performance, dominating possession, controlling the midfield and dictating the game. The Buccaneers found their passing rhythm early on and hardly looked like conceding a goal.
Pirates made good use of the width of the pitch, attacking down the left flank with Teko Modise and the right flank through Dikgang Mabalane.
Inevitably that is where their goal came from when Modise drove down the left wing before cutting infield and deceiving the young right back of the Clever Boys. Themba Shabalala had no other option but to pull Modise down inside the box and the referee did not even hesitate, pointing to the penalty spot.
The Buccaneers’ top goal scorer, Lucas Thwala, made no mistake from the spot, firing the ball hard and low past Francis Chansa to register the game’s opening goal in the 22nd minute.
Gert Schalkwyk almost doubled his side’s lead two minutes later when he pulled the best out of the Clever Boys keeper with a ferocious 20 yard shot. Chansa did magnificently, diving full stretch to his right to deny the Pirates striker.
The best chance of the half for BIDVest Wits came in the 42nd minute of the match when Sifiso Myeni drove down the left flank and produced a cross into the box that found unmarked Calvin Kadi eight yards out. Moeneeb Josephs was in fine form, producing the save of the match to deny the Clever Boys striker from close range.
At the end of the first half Pirates were well worth their lead going into the half time break.
The second half saw BIDVest Wits come out a renewed side, applying mountains of pressure on the Buccaneers midfield, not allowing them the space they had in the first 45 minutes.
Myeni in particular looked very threatening, attacking down the left flank using his pace to get past his markers and create the game’s second goal in the 65th minute.
Myeni produced yet another pin-point cross to find Kadi unmarked inside the 18 yard box. The BIDVest Wits striker made no mistake, side-footing the ball home. Josephs could only watch as his team conceded their first goal of their Absa Premiership season.
It was clearly a game of two halves as Pirates dominated the first half and BIDVest Wits controlled the second half. A draw was a fair result of the night as both sides remain unbeaten in the 2009/10 league season.
Orlando Pirates (1) 1 (Thwala, pen 22′)
BIDVest Wits (0) 1 (Kadi 65′)
Orlando Pirates (4-4-2): Josephs; Jele, Thwala, Mahamutsa, Lekgwathi; Mabalane, Mhlongo, Mdluli, Modise; Schalkwyk (Mashego 63′), Mthembu (Fanteni 78′)
BIDVest Wits (4-3-3): Chansa; Shabalala, Batabaire, Mashamaite, Phungwayo; Rodrigues (Vilakazi 86′), Morton, Haskins; Chikwaikwai (Mngomeni 52′), Kadi (Bantam 96′), Myeni