By Isaac Ndou
JOHANNESBURG: Bidvest Wits continued with their impressive start to the new season with a 1-0 victory over Orlando Pirates courtesy of a Gladwin Sitholo own goal at the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Buccaneers started the game looking the hungrier side and got the first opportunity of the game when Justin Shonga found space to shoot towards goal but delivered it straight to the arms of Darren Keet early in the game.
New Wits signing Deon Hotto who has been impressive since joining played a ball to the path of Xolani Machupu who tested Siyabonga Mpontshane’s credibility through an effort which the Bucs keeper tipped over the bar in the 11th minute.
Darren Keet was once again forced to action when former Wits player Xola Mlambo unleashed a shot towards goal in nine minutes later but Keet tipped the ball over the bar for a corner.
The two teams continued to press each other I’m in search of a goal before halftime and the best chance fell for another former Wits man Vincent Pule who tried his luck with a shot but hit the side netting on 32 minutes.
Ten minutes later, Shonga found himself one on one with Keet following a Sifiso Hlanti error but he failed to capitalize on the chance as Keet pulled off a good save to deny Bucs the lead at taking the game to halftime at 0-0.
When the second half resumed, the first chance fell for Pirates in the 53rd minute when Vincent Pule angled for a goal again but his effort struck the woodwork to deny Bucs the lead.
Wits substituted Terrence Dzvukamanja for Haashim Domingo, a move that would get Wits their winning goal after the substitute delivered a low cross into the box which deflected on Gladwin Sitholo and went into the back of the nets in the 80th minute.
The Buccaneers launched attacks in search of an equalizer and their last chance of the game fell for Paseka Mako who failed to trouble Keet from close range.
The game ended at 1-0 which made it three wins out of three matches for Gavin Hunt’s side who are seemingly targeting a collection of early points in the league.