Cape Town - A second-half strike by Sibusiso Vilakazi gave
Bidvest Wits the three points when they overcame fellow title chasers Mamelodi
Sundowns by 1-0 at Bidvest Stadium on Tuesday night.
As it happened: Wits
From the beginning of the match until the last minute, the
Clever Boys were the better side of the two and dominated possession.
In the first minute, Gavin Hunt’s men moved forward with
purpose as Vilakazi delivered a beautiful cross from the right but goalkeeper
Denis Onyango collected with ease.
When the game approached the half-hour mark, Thulani
Hlatshwayo blocked Cuthbert Malajila’s attempt in a one on one situation which
resulted from a pin point pass from Teko Modise.
Pitso Mosimane’s men followed up with a cross from Siyanda
Zwane in search of Malajila, but Moeneeb Josephs safely held on.
Although the visitors defended too deep and allowed the
hosts to come at them, it was Kees Kwakman in the 40th minute who
had a brilliant opportunity to put the Braamfontein side ahead. He received a
pass from the right unmarked at the far post, but his shot went over
The half ended 0-0.
Hunt’s men continued where they left off after the break by
keeping the visitors on their backfoot.
In the 62nd minute, Malajila wasted a chance when Buhle
Mkhwanazi tried a back pass to Josephs and it landed in his path but he
couldn’t beat Josephs.
In the 76th minute, Wits broke the deadlock when the man of
the match, Vilakazi made his way into the box, beat Ramahlwe Mphahlele with his
piece of skill before slotting past the oncoming Onyango.
Three minutes later, Hlompho Kekana tried his trademark long
range effort but fired a low hard shot and Josephs collected.
With under one minute to go, the Brazilians tried all they
could and pushed the captain Alje Schut to play upfront.
Substitute Anthony Laffor’s header hit the woodwork in the
dying minutes, but Wits won the match 1-0.
Bidvest Wits: (0)
1 (Vilakazi 76’)
Mamelodi Sundowns: (0) 0
Wits XI: Josephs, Kwakman, Hlatshwayo, Shongwe,
Vilakazi, Mkhwanazi, Faty, Nhlapo, Botes (Fikru 71’), Bhasera, Ntshangase.
Sundowns XI: Onyango, Mashaba, Zwane,
Mphahlele, Schut, Zungu, Kekana, Malajila, Mahachi (S. Zwane 78’), Modise,
Billiat (Laffor 81’).