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Derby triumph for Pirates, Leopards draw



Bidvest Wits continue to lead the way in the Absa Premiership after a weekend of action which featured a Soweto derby triumph for Orlando Pirates and a first win since August for Cape Town City.

Wits got the round under way on Friday night and defeated Highlands Park 1-0 in Johannesburg – thanks to a goal from skipper Thulani Hlatshwayo – to ensure they would end top of the log regardless of what happened in the remainder of the weekend.

Saturday afternoon saw Orlando Pirates further underline their status as title contenders with a 2-1 home win over rivals Kaizer Chiefs.

The Buccaneers came from a goal down to beat the Amakhosi thanks to strikes from Innocent Maela and Vincent Pule.

At the same time, Polokwane City continued their fine form with a 1-0 home triumph over Maritzburg United, while the night matches saw win for Mamelodi Sundowns and Cape Town City.

The Brazilians had to fight hard for their 1-0 victory away to Chippa United, while the Citizens broke a near three-month wait for a second league win when they defeated AmaZulu 3-0 in the ‘Mother City’ thanks to goals from Taariq Fielies, Siphelele Mthembu and Thabo Nodada.

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Bloemfontein Celtic closed to within three points of the top when they defeated Baroka FC 1-0 at home on Sunday (ending a run of three matches without a win for Steve Komphela’s side), while Black Leopards and SuperSport United were held 1-1 at home by Free State Stars and Golden Arrows respectively.

The Absa Premiership will continue with midweek fixtures on 6-7 November.

RESULTS

Friday 26 October

Bidvest Wits 1-0 Highlands Park

Saturday 27 October

Orlando Pirates 2-1 Kaizer Chiefs
Polokwane City 1-0 Maritzburg United
Chippa United 0-1 Mamelodi Sundowns
Cape Town City 3-0 AmaZulu

Sunday 28 October

Black Leopards 1-1 Free State Stars
SuperSport United 1-1 Golden Arrows
Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 Baroka FC



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