SuperSport down Wits
SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt (File)
Johannesburg - SuperSport United ended their recent lean Premiership spell, beating Wits 2-1 in an otherwise uninspiring encounter at Lucas Moripe Stadium, in Atteridgeville, on Saturday evening.
With scores deadlocked at 0-0 after an uneventful opening half, goalkeeper Emile Baron made a meal of the first offensive attempt of the second period.
A harmless cross from United's Grant Kekana saw the former Bafana Bafana stopper fail to collect the ball.
He fumbled it before letting it through his hands to roll in to the net for an own goal in the 46th minute.
The out-of-sorts Clever Boys, however, equalised after 56 minutes through Timothy Batabaire as they looked to salvage a point.
Midfielder Jabulani Maluleke found the winner for the hosts with nine minutes remaining from a free-kick that left Baron flat-footed.
Wits have now not won a league game this year, and last collected three points in December against Platinum Stars.
SuperSport came off a poor record of four draws and two losses in their previous six matches.
Neither keeper got a chance to test their reflexes until Baron got a fingertip to Tebogo Langerman's inch-perfect free-kick, which he deflected against the woodwork shortly before the break.
Wits were woeful as Rowen Fernandez in the United goal had little to do except take goal kicks.
United came back a stronger team in the second half and were deserved winners.
They surged forward in the final 20 minutes in search of a winner, and while Sibusiso Zuma hit the woodwork in the 70th minute, the hosts doubled their account 10 minutes later to bag three crucial points.