Orlando Pirates defenders lead the assault on BidVest Wits

Orlando Pirates defenders lead the assault on BidVest Wits in the first leg of the second semi-final of the 2014 MTN 8 played at BidVest Stadium on Sunday August 17, 2014. Prior to the match BidVest Wits and Orlando Pirates had met on 11 occasions in cup competition and were tied for victories and losses.

Pirates v Wits - 2014 MTN 8The most recent meeting would have been fresh in both the clubs’ memories as it was in the last official match of the 2013/14 season, the final of the Nedbank Cup, in which Orlando Pirates were competing in their fourth cup final in a single season including the CAF Champions League.

In that Nedbank Cup final Orlando Pirates walked out victorious having previously beaten BidVest Wits in the Telkom Knockout final two seasons earlier.

The match began slow, both teams showing signs of caginess, especially Orlando Pirates continues to look as if they are struggling to get in the swing of things after 3 PSL official encounters prior to this one.

Despite a few good passages of play, early efforts by Oupa Manyisa as well as a clear cut scoring that went abegging thanks to a Siyabonga Sangweni wide header – the first half was nothing to write home about.

The second half began with much improved exchanges from both sides. Daine Klate fired on target forcing Thapelo Mabokgwane to make save which resulted in a corner-kick. Klate took the corner-kick which ended up at the feet of an unmarked Sangweni who simply placed the ball in and put Orlando Pirates in front.

The goal did not dampen Wits spirit as they remained inspired, creating chances although failing to make them count in the final third. Former Platinum Stars talisman Henrico Botes was substituted out by Wits for former Kaizer Chiefs striker Sthembiso Ngcobo.

Shortly after the Wits substitution, Pirates changed out winger Daine Klate for winger Sifiso Myeni. Moments after that substitution, Thabo Matlaba broke away and made no mistake when he was one-on-one with Mabokgwane. Pirates remained 2-0 up until the final whistle.

Orlando Pirates 2-0 away victory puts them in a very good position going into the second leg, furthermore, Kaizer Chiefs 2-0 away victory last night makes it that much more possible that the 2014 MTN 8 final could be a Soweto Derby.

 

 

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