Bidvest Wits picked up
their second straight victory in the Absa Premiership when they defeated
Platinum Stars 2-1 at the Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday night.
Miguel Timms scored the
winner midway through the second half after Henrico Botes had cancelled
Sibusiso Vilakazi’s opener.
The first half saw few
scoring chances being created but it was the home side who showed more hunger
and rightfully took the lead going into the break.
The Clever Boys got the
first shot away in the seventh minute through Sifiso Myeni but the winger
failed to hit the target as his shot sailed over the crossbar.
The deadlock was broken
four minutes later when Sibusiso Vilakazi was put through by Sandile Sibande; the
midfielder kept his composure to beat Siyabonga Mpontshane with a low shot
Sifiso Myeni, who was
giving Platinum Stars defenders all sorts of problems, continued to look for
goal-scoring opportunities and in the 27th minute he saw his effort punched
away by Mpontshane, while Ryan Chapman shot wide a minute before half time.
Wits started the second
half in high spirit and it was Myeni yet again who tested the Stars goalkeeper
three minutes after the break but Mpontshane was equal to the task as he pushed
the ball wide of the upright.
The equalising goal
arrived in the 51st minute when Henrico Botes finished from close range after
receiving a pass from Nyauza Ntsikelelo.
However, it didn’t take
long for Roger De Sa’s men to restore their lead via a well-taken goal from
Miguel Timms who was give space to shoot inside the Stars penalty area.
The visitors were reduced
to ten men in the 68th minute when substitute Joseph Malongoane was given his
marching orders for a foul on Myeni and that proved to be a crucial factor
following the loss of another substitute, Reuben Thebakang, to injury.
There was to be no way
back for Owen Da Gama’s side as Wits held on for their sixth win of the season.