ORLANDO Pirates suffered their fourth Absa Premiership defeat of the season this evening, going down 3-1 at the hands of Bidvest Wits at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.
The score line flattered Bucs, who were completely outplayed by their hosts and could have lost by a greater margin. The Clever Boys lead 1-0 at half time thanks to a header from Sibusiso Vilakazi and added to their advantage with a second half brace from in-form striker Ryan Chapman.
After a tame opening to the match, in which neither side was able to find their rhythm, Wits broke the deadlock on 20 minutes when midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi arrived late the far post to head home a peach of a cross from youngster Asive Langwe.
The goal sparked the Clever Boys into life and they proceeded to play some scintillating football, giving Pirates’ a torrid time with their pace and movement. The hosts were particularly good in midfield, with the likes of Vilakazi, Sandile Sibande and Lehlogonolo Maselesa easily dominating the Bucs’ engine room.
Pirates thought they had drawn level on 36 minutes when Rudolf Bester fired home a low shot, but the goal was correctly ruled out for offside. Thulasizwe Mbuyane almost scored late in the half but Energy Murambadoro pulled off an excellent save to ensure his side went into the break 1-0 up.
And it was 2-0 soon after the restart, as Ryan Chapman continued his excellent recent form with a brilliantly executed goal. The striker controlled a difficult cross before turning and cracking home an unstoppable volley that gave Moeneeb Josephs no chance whatsoever.
On 65 minutes the Clever Boys added salt to Bucs’ wounds, scoring another fast, flowing goal as Chapman completed his brace by sweeping home Sifiso Mynei’s cross from the right flank. Such was Wits’ dominance that 3-0, even against the reigning league champions, was the very least they deserved.
And Pirates’ night soon got even worse, as key defender Happy Jele had to be stretchered off with what looked like a horrific knee injury in a collision with Siboniso Gumede – it must be said that there was no ill intention from the Wits player, it was merely an unfortunate accident.
The Soweto side did at least put a little respectability to the score line – if not their performance – with a late consolation goal from defender Siyabonga Sangweni, who turned home Tukelo Rantie’s low cross from close range.
In another Absa Premiership match played this evening, Kaizer Chiefs were held to a goalles draw by Santos at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, Limpopo.
Bidvest Wits (1) 3 (Sib. Vilakazi 20’, Chapman 47’ 65’)
Orlando Pirates (0) 1 (Sangweni 88’)
Wits: Murambadoro; Mngomezulu, Gumede, Spencer, Phungwayo, Sib. Vilakazi (Mngomeni 73’), Sibande, Maselesa (Rodrigues 90’), Myeni, Chapman, Langwe (Jayiya 71’)
Pirates: Josephs; Jele (Nzunga 75’), Sangweni, Mahamutsa, Mnguni, Segolela, Manyisa, Ngobeni, Mayambela (Rantie 57’), Bester, Mbuyane (Chansa 57’)-Backpagepix