Lehlohonolo Majoro at his very best inspire Orlando Pirates to a 3-1 victory over BidVest Wits

The second leg of the 2014 MTN 8 second semi-final between Orlando Pirates and BidVest Wits was played on August 23, 2014 at Orlando Stadium in Soweto. BidVest Wits travelled across town to Orlando East in Soweto, Johannesburg on the back foot as they were defeated 2-0 by Orlando Pirates in the first leg which was played on Sunday August 17, 2014 at the BidVest Stadium.

Lehlohonolo Majoro
Lehlohonolo Majoro

BidVest Wits came out guns blazing, clearly signalling the intention to overturn the deficit. Gavin Hunt put forward a mecing squad that featured Sameehg Doutie, Dillon Sheppard, Sthembiso Ngcobo and Sibusiso Vilakazi renowned midfield kingpin who played as a striker in this match.

Cagey Orlando Pirates endured and absorbed unrelenting waves of Wits attacks in the opening stages of the match. In the 20th minute, Senzo Meyiwa made a good save to deny Doutie after he shot from range. In the 32nd minute Meyiwa had to flick over another Wits effort after a blunder by the Pirates defence.

The 35th minute marked a turn around as Pirates began to find their rhythm going forward. Mpho Makola ballooned his effort over the crossbar. In the 40th minute Oupa Manyisa eluded the Wits defence making his way to the box before sending it back to Makola who once again hit over the bar. In the 42nd minute Kermit Erasmus shot wide on the far post  after he broke clear. After an added minute referee called half-time with the score tied a 0-0 and 2-0 to Pirates on aggregate.

Orlando Pirates called out Daine Klate for Sifiso Myeni at the beginning of the second half and carried the momentum from first half. On the 53rd minute Erasmus scored an emphatic goal increasing Pirates to 3-0.

On the 56th minute Wits substituted out Tariq Losper and brought on Christopher Katongo. On the 61st minute Pirates made their second change, Erasmus made way for Lehlohonolo Majoro. Wits made their second substitution when Pule made way for Getaneh and on the 73rd minute Wits made their third and final substitution when Ngcobo made way for Henrico Botes.

Rooi Mahamutsa caused a penalty and Getaneh converted making it 1-1 (3-1 on aggregate) On the 77th minute Pirates also made their final substitution when Makola made way for Ayanda Gcaba. On the 81st minute Gcaba connected with Majoro who played Matlaba but Matlaba failed to score hitting the side netting.

On the 83rd minute Majoro finally broke his duck with a spectacular goal and put Pirates 2-1 ahead (4-1 on aggregate). On the 85th minute Myeni was fouled in the box and Manyisa’s penalty was saved. On the 90th minute Majoro found himself face to face with Wits keeper and scored his second goal in Pirates colours, one for the history books, completing his brace.

After 4 minutes of stoppage time, referee called time. The game finished 3-1 (5-1 on aggregate), Orlando Pirates booked their place in the 2014 MTN 8 final to face the winner of the Kaizer Chiefs vs Platinum Stars match. Lehlohonolo Majoro who played only 30 minutes of the match was named man of the match.

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