Pirates’ dry spell ends

2013-04-28 08:00

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A Sifiso Myeni strike deep inside stoppage time saw Orlando Pirates snatch a late 1-0 Absa Premiership win at the death, as they defeated Bidvest Wits 1-0 at the Mbombela Stadium to keep their title hopes alive.

The Buccaneers will now face a rock bottom Chippa United who are fighting to get out of the relegation zone on Tuesday.

Wits dominated most of the game, but their wastage in front of goal proved costly as Pirates snatched a late win after they were denied a penalty during extra time.

Orlando Pirates came into the game looking to keep their slim title aspirations alive, and were in need of putting an end to their six-match winless run by claiming a victory over a Wits side fighting for a top-four finish.

Benni McCarthy burst into the box, following a looping ball towards him, and he dropped to the ground after Emile Baron came in to charge down the loose ball. No penalty was awarded and it proved to be the right decision.

Wits were playing great football through the likes of Ryan Chapman, Mazikayise Mashaba and Bryce Moon, yet they failed to break the deadlock by midway through the first half.

And with Pirates not at their best, it was Tlou Segolela who tried to take matters into his own hands when he beat two markers in the 24th minute.

However, with no player in the box to follow up his movement, it was easy for Baron. The Wits goalkeeper was then stretched just 10 minutes later when Segolela, who was Pirates’ best player on the field, cut in towards the box and fired an effort past Baron’s far post.

As the game started to progress, more end-to-end football was being played and Wits were denied going 1-0 up when Meyiwa got a finger to Papy Faty’s shot from outside the box.

In the 77th minute, it was Makola wasted a chance in front of goal. His indecisiveness cost him as he waited until too late and hit the ball straight at Baron. Pirates were wrongly denied a penalty at the end, after Ndumiso Mabela was brought down in the box.

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