Local News 20.9.2016 09:38 pm

Bidvest Wits win 2-0, Pirates held to goalless draw

Tendai Ndoro of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Cape Town City on the  20 September 2016 at Orlando Stadium  Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Tendai Ndoro of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Cape Town City on the 20 September 2016 at Orlando Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

‎Orlando Pirates’ 100 per cent start to the Premiership season came to an end as former boss Eric Tinkler and his Cape Town City outfit claimed a valuable point via a goalless draw at the Orlando Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The draw left the Sea Robbers unbeaten at the top of the table on seven points, above second-placed Bidvest Wits, who they face next.‎ City, meanwhile, moved to four points.

Table toppers Pirates started on the front foot but it was Cape Town City who dominated the possession in the first 45 minutes with clear cut goal scoring opportunities few and far between.

In the 20th minute, the home team had their first effort at goal. Riyaad Norodien created space for himself in the box after he was well found by Oupa Manyisa, but the former Ajax Cape Town star failed to work Shuaib Walters in the away goal.

Five minutes after the restart and Tinkler’s men should have been a goal to the good albeit for a brilliant one-on-one save from Brighton Mhlongo after a deflected effort from Aubrey Ngoma fell fortuitously at the feet of Judas Moseamedi, who failed to make it count.

The away team had another golden opportunity to take the lead on the hour mark when good anticipation from Mpho Matsi saw him intercept a misplaced pass and drive forward to tee up Lebogang Manyama. Again Mhlongo did well to get down and make a save low down to his right.

The Buccaneers almost stole three points at the death when Manyisa flashed a ball across the box only for Thamsanqa Gabuza to be inches away from contact.

Orlando Pirates coach, Muhsin Ertugral said, “I think the fans who comes in numbers need an apology. I think second half we had 70% of the ball possession. We are working every day on it. It’s a long way to go.”

Away manager Tinkler added: “Yeah I think we were worth the three points tonight to be entirely honest with you. I thought it was a fantastic first half performance. We created chances, unfortunately, we couldn’t put it in the net.”‎

Results of Tuesday night’s PSL Absa Premiership matches (home teams first) are as follows:

Orlando Pirates 0 Cape Town City 0
Ajax Cape Town 1 Polokwane City 1
Baroka FC 0 Bidvest Wits 2 – African News Agency (ANA)

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results

FS Stars 0-2 Chiefs
Arrows 1-1 SuperSport Utd
Baroka 1-4 Chippa Utd
Highlands 1-1 CT City

fixtures

Arrows vs Chippa Utd
FS Stars vs Maritzburg Utd
P Stars vs Celtic
Chiefs vs Ajax CT

psl log

# Team GP Pts
1 Kaizer Chiefs 5 10
2 Arrows 5 10
3 Orlando Pirates 4 8
4 Cape Town City 5 8
5 Polokwane City 5 8
6 Chippa United 3 7
7 Bidvest Wits 3 7
8 SuperSport United 5 6
9 Platinum Stars 4 5
10 Highlands Park 4 4
11 Maritzburg Utd 5 4
12 Baroka FC 5 4
13 Ajax Cape Town 4 2
14 Free State Stars 5 2
15 Sundowns 1 1
16 Bloem Celtic 3 1