Thursday, August 5, 2021

As it happened: Wits 0-1 Orlando Pirates

FULL-TIME: BIDVEST WITS 0-1 ORLANDO PIRATES. How did Pirates steal this in the last minute ..

By Sunday Herald Team , in Sports , at April 6, 2019

  • 95'

    FULL-TIME: BIDVEST WITS 0-1 ORLANDO PIRATES. How did Pirates steal this in the last minute after a very lacklustre performance this afternoon. That is football and they take the three points. Thank you for joining us.

  • 94'

    GOAL, ORLANDO PIRATES, RITCHIE (OG)! (0-1). Pirates secure a set-piece in a dangerous position. They take it and then Keegan Ritchie scores what is probably the most brilliant header past his own keeper. That will be that for Wits! What an own goal!

  • 93'

    SUBSTITUTION: Murray is on for Wits to replace Dzvukumanja.

  • 92'

    YELLOW! This time Majoro is booked for a sliding tackle. That was silly and he just came on.

  • 90'

    We will have three minutes of time added on for stoppages.

  • 88'

    Wits secure a corner after a deflection off Mulenga. Once again the set-piece is wasted. The execution of set-pieces from both teams have been poor!

  • 86'

    The subsequent Wits set-piece is taken by Ritchie and he curls it past the wall, but unfortunately for him also past the posts.

  • 84'

    YELLOW! A third booking for Pirates! This time Motshwari is booked for a dangerous foul.

  • 82'

    Mulenga trips over his own feet instead of firing a shot at the Wits goal. That has been their story this afternoon.

  • 79'

    Both teams are now finally looking to up the ante, as the minutes pass away.

  • 76'

    The substitutes have certainly made an early impact to both teams.

  • 74'

    SUBSTITUTION: Majoro is on for Wits against his old team to replace Motupa.

  • 70'

    SUBSTITUTION: Pirates now make a change and Qalinga is on to replace Gabuza.

  • 68'

    YELLOW! Ritchie is booked for Wits and he will also miss their next game.

  • 67'

    SUBSTITUTION: Wits make their first change and Hotto is on to replace Mhango.

  • 66'

    Both Pirates and Wits are very cautious at the moment. Will we see a goal to break the deadlock?

  • 64'

    This time Gabuza is down injured and we have another stoppage in play.

  • 61'

    YELLOW! Ndengane is booked for a cynical foul and he will also miss the next Pirates game as a result of this booking. They are not helping their cause.

  • 59'

    Pirates mess up a golden opportunity, as three of their forwards are unable to get a clear shot at goal in. How did they do that?

  • 56'

    YELLOW! We have a stoppage in play due to an injury to Dzvukumanja, who also earns himself a booking for a sliding tackle.

  • 53'

    Wits have only won five of their 12 home games this season. However Pirates have not beaten Wits at this venue since 2013.

  • 49'

    Pirates have dominated possession in the opening minutes of the second half. The new Wits keeper Goss has had a poor game thus far. Can he improve and prove us wrong?

  • 46'

    Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half. The teams are unchanged after the break.

  • 45'

    We will have three minutes of time added on for stoppages.

  • 45'

    Dube is dispossessed and Wits launch a counter-attack. Excellent defending by the Pirates captain Jele then prevents Motupa from getting in a shot at goal. Great work!

  • 45'

    HALF-TIME: BIDVEST WITS 0-0 ORLANDO PIRATES. A stop-start half comes to an end and we are still goalless. Wits have dominated possession, while Pirates finished the half strongly.

  • 43'

    Pirates have definitely improved towards the latter end of this half.

  • 41'

    WIDE! Two Pirates players get into each others way in the Wits box and the final shot at goal from Gabuza is deflected for a corner. It is easily cleared.

  • 39'

    Pirates have been poor when in possession of the ball and their passes have not been accurate. Their coach will have to have a stern word at the break.

  • 36'

    We have another stoppage in play. This time it's a clash of heads between two players.

  • 34'

    JUSTICE? The free-kick amounts to nothing and Wits clear. What a waste by Pirates after almost receiving a gift.

  • 31'

    A mistake by the Wits keeper leads to a free-kick inside his penalty area. The referee says it's for time-wasting, but we are not sure why it is inside the box.

  • 28'

    Mulenga sends in a good cross to Gabuza, who earns a corner for Pirates. Wits secure a free-kick after the corner.

  • 25'

    YELLOW! We have another stoppage in play. This time Mulenga and Mkhwanazi are involved in a collision. Mulenga was at fault and his foot was too high. He will now miss the next Pirates game as a result of this booking.

  • 22'

    Another Wits free-kick in a really good position hits the wall and Pirates come away with it.

  • 20'

    We are still goalless after the first 20 minutes of play.

  • 19'

    Wits have won seven of their last eight matches against Orlando Pirates. Can they maintain their recent dominance against the Buccaneers?

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