A late goal by captain Benson Mhlongo completed a 2-1 win for Wits University at the Orkney Stadium on Sunday afternoon and saw the Students move in to the semi-finals of the SAA Supa 8 at the expense of Orlando Pirates.
The first half was played at a furious pace and both teams created a number of scoring chances, with debutant Pirates keeper Francis Chansa pulling off a number of crucial saves.
The Buccaneers had the first good chance of the match in the seventh minute when young striker Lebohang Mokoena found space to shoot from the left hand side of the box, but he wasted the opportunity by blazing his shot over the bar from 12-yards out.
The home team came close to scoring in the 15th minute when a Jonathan Solomons cross from the right picked out Benson Mhlongo at the far post.
The Bafana Bafana midfielder powered his header goalwards, but Chansa pulled off a fine save to tip the ball past the post.
The resultant corner was played to the far post and fell to an unmarked Thierry Mouyouma, who rifled a low angled shot in at the near post to give the Students the lead.
However, the home team only kept their lead for three minutes after Jimmy Kauleza pulled away at the far post to get on the end of a long ball from Lucky Legwathi before lobbing it over goal keeper Wayne Roberts' and into the back of the net.
In the 29th minute Wits stiker Etienne Bito'o was presented with a good chance when Solomons picked him out with an accurate cross, however the Gabonese player's header was not good enough to trouble Chansa.
Three minutes later Alois Bunjira came close for the hosts with a thunderous first time shot from just outside the area which narowlly missed the top corner of the goal.
In the opening stages of the second stanza Regan Noble came close for Wits with a well struck left-footed volley from the edge of the area, while Edelbert Dinha's 30-yard pile-driver a few minutes later screamed over the bar.
Pirates brought on Joseph Makhanya in the place of Gift Leremi and 'Duku-Duku' came close with a cracking shot from all of 35-yards out in the 72nd minute.
In the 78th minute the Clever Boys regained the lead when Solomons knocked in a free kick towards Mhlongo, who was left unmarked at the far post, and the skipper made no mistake with a powerful downward header.
Three minutes later some good fighting in the box by Gareth Devine resulted in the ball being laid off to Bito'o, but the stiker wasted the chance by blazing his shot over the bar.
The Sea Robbers were not able to fashion any chances in the remaining minutes as Wits kept the game in the Buc's half of the field, although the visitors did have a strong appeal for a handball turned down by referee Morne Daniels.
The Students will now join Moroka Swallows, SuperSport United and Kaizer Chiefs in the draw for the next round.