Absa premiership match results Orlando Pirates v Bidvest Wits 25 April 2018 Orlando Pirates take a healthy 3-0 lead over Bidvest Wits into half-time of their Absa Premiership clash on Wednesday.
Played behind closed doors, the first opportunity fell to Bucs with Justin Shonga heading glaringly off goal in the opening five minutes.
Augustine Mulenga, in his first league appearance, found the outside post later on after running onto a through ball.
Bucs were given a lucky let off by Wits when Eleazar Rodgers failed to capitalize on poor defensive communication after eight minutes.
Soon, the home side eased the pressure and went ahead after Luvuyo Memela’s scuffed shot was diverted into an empty net by Sifiso Hlanti on 13 minutes.
After struggling to get into the game, Bucs pushed for a second and Innocent Maela came close on 32 minutes but shot dismally off target.
The second goal duly came on 36 minutes following another defensive blunder as Hlanti played in Mulenga, who took his time to beat Kyle Peters at the near post with a low shot.
It got worse for the Students when Nazeer Allie conceded a penalty following a rash challenge on Mulenga.
Shonga stepped up to send Peters the wrong way for a three-goal cushion heading into the break.
Pirates: Mpontshane, Jele, Nyauza, Thopola, Maela, Shitolo, Nyatama, Mlambo, Memela, Mulenga, Shonga.
Subs: Sandilands, Maphanga, Munetsi, Mobara, Qalinge, Morrison, Gabuza.
Wits: Peters, Allie, Scott, Monare, Rodgers, Pule, Hlanti, Mkhwanazi, Gyimah, Ritchie, Mosiatlhaga.
Absa Premiership 2018 Teams: Orlando Pirates v Bidvest Wits Date: 25 April 2018 Venue: Orlando Stadium Orlando Pirates will be looking to keep their Absa Premiership title ambitions alive when they take on Bidvest Wits on Wednesday evening. View The PSL Table The encounter will be played behind closed doors after Pirates were punished for their supporters' behaviour during a clash against Sundowns last season. The Buccaneers come into the game unbeaten in their last seven league matches, which include six wins and a draw. As things stand, Pirates are second on the log but trail Mamelodi Sundowns by six points, with two games remaining after tonight. Wits, meanwhile, look to have moved away from the relegation battle and are now focusing on a top-eight finish. Gavin Hunt's charges snatched a point against Polokwane City on Sunday thanks to a late equaliser from Vincent Pule. View The PSL Results Here's how they line up: Pirates: 40. , Jele, 4. Nyauza, 24. Thopola, 22, Maela, 6. Shitolo, 14. Nyatama, 37. Mlambo, 11. Memela, 42. Mulenga, 27. Shonga. Subs: 30. Sandilands, 39. Maphanga, 16. Munetsi, 45. Mobara, 15. Qalinge, 12. Morrison, 31. Gabuza. Wits: 36. Peters, 2. Allie, 6. Scott, 8. Monare, 9. Rodgers, 12. Pule, 13. Hlanti, 14. Mkhwanazi, 25. Gyimah, 26. Ritchie, 39. Mosiatlhaga. Subs: 1. Keet, 7. Klate, 11. Pelembe, 14. Claasen 41. Motshwari, 33. Frosler, 45. Majoro.