Wed Oct 18 11:04:07 SAST 2017

A case of missed scoring chances for Bucs

2012-04-22 12:08:39.0 | KGOMOTSO SETHUSHA at Orlando Stadium |

WHAT would the league title race be without twists, turns and shocks!

'YOU MAKE ME NERVOUS': Orlando Pirates' Benni McCarthy battles Bidvest Wits University's Patrick Phungwayo and Kampamba Chintu during the sides drawn PSL match yesterday. Picture by backpagepix

First, Mamelodi Sundowns suffered their a second embarrassing loss of the week. Then Orlando Pirates spurned an opportunity to stretch their lead at the top of the Absa Premiership as they played to a goalless draw against Bidvest Wits here last night.

Sundowns went down 1-0 loss to Maritzburg United, suffering their successive shock and blow to their title hopes, following their midweek 2-1 defeat to Platinum Stars.

Expected to take advantage, the Buccaneers huffed and puffed to a goalless draw with an inconsistent Wits side at home, nogal!

Bucs remain perched top of the log with 48 points, while Sundowns lie second on 46.

But this was a kind of missed opportunity the Buccaneers may come to rue, heading into the final straight in the league title race.

The Buccaneers had no excuse for dropping points last night, not least against a young Wits side, featuring as many as five youngsters in their line-up.

It's sure a massive draw for the Students, as is a massive setback for the Buccaneers.

Without creating clear-cut chances, the home side barely showed interest in winning this match. Both sides had equal clear shots at goal, four each, a statistic which went to illustrate their poor form by the strikers.

Interim coach Augusto Palacios brought his strongest-possible team, veteran Benni McCarthy in tow, but Bucs got frustrated out of the game by a youngish Wits side, who were overjoyed with a rare draw.

Wits, who held impressively tight at the back without seasoned Mbulelo Mabizela, could have won it had Miguel Timms not messed up a golden opportunity towards the end of the game.

But there weren't many such missed chances as Wits glowed in a decent performance against their more illustrious opponents.

Katlego Pule sizzled in his defensive midfield position, holding his own against last season's championship winners.

Rudolf Bester and Dikgang Mabalane came on to minimal effect late midway through the second half, but in all honesty, the Buccaneers had failed to win the game long before they were brought in.


Other PSL results:

Golden Arrows 3, Jomo Cosmos 1; Maritzburg United 1, Mamelodi Sundowns 0; Platinum Stars 0, Free State Stars 1; Supersport United 2, Ajax cape Town 1.

English Premier Soccer League:

Arsenal 0, Chelsea 0; Blackburn 2 Norwhich 0; Aston Villa 0, Sunderland 0; Bolton 1 Swansea 1; Newcastle 3, Stoke City 0; Fulham 2,Wigan 1; QPR 1 Tottenham 0.

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