Goalless draw for Wits and Bucs


Ntombekhaya Zibi

Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits went head on in the Absa Premiership match that lead to a goalless draw on Saturday afternoon at Ellis Park Stadium.

Pirates started promisingly when Vincent Pule  giving Ricardo Goss a hard time with a thumping strike after cutting into the near side of the area shortly after the 20th minute mark.

Wits’ defensive miscommunication between Goss and Lorenzo Gordinho allowed Pule in on goal following the half-hour mark, but he blazed into the side-netting from an acute angle missing another good chance.

A spell of one-touch passed from the left to the right by Pule, to Memela then Ben Motshwari and ended with Paseka Mako, who brought Goss to a low save with an equally low strike a few minutes later.

One of The Clever Boys’ rare attacks five minutes before the end of the first half nearly went in following a ball from the right to an unmarked Haashim Domingo, who headed wider.

During the second half, Wits’ Rowan Human came in from the bench with Terrence Dzvukamanja making way, as Domingo settled the post from the far side after a ball from the right.

The Buccaneers were unfazed with that scary moment and still put Goss to work on 62 minutes as Gabadinho Mhango created a low shot from the area.

Goss showed further heroics just under the last 20 minutes with a point-blank one-handed save from Mhango’s attempt after a well passing drill from Bucs.

The goal-drought for Pirates continued in the end after failing to breakthrough in the final minutes. Bucs still sits comfortably on the 3rd place in the league table with Wits on the 5th place.

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