Wits still unbeaten at home
Junaid Mashamaite (Gallo)
Johannesburg - A goal in either half for BidVest Wits from Junaid Mashamaite and
Aviwe Langwe saw them run out 2-0 winners over Free State Stars in an
Absa Premiership match at Milpark on Saturday afternoon.
It was not the most exciting of matches as chances were few and far
between in the 90 minutes. The students were the better side on the day
and fully deserved the win.
The first 45 minutes saw Stars starved of possession as they often gifted the ball to the home side with some poor passing.
State simply looked like a side that hadn’t played a competitive match
for three weeks and rightly so were a little ring rusty.
Wits on the other hand played some good football and stroked the ball
around the park nicely. However, despite their domination of the game
the Students couldn’t find the right pass in the final third of the
field that would result in a decent goal scoring chance.
Free State did start brightly though and had a couple of chances on
goal in the opening five minutes, but their shooting was poor and their
efforts went well wide of the target. That was about as good as it got
for them in the opening half.
Wits soon took control of the match and found the game’s opening goal
in the 23rd minute. Stanton Fredericks whipped an inviting free-kick
into the box and Junaid Mashamaite rose highest to powerfully head the
ball past a stranded Kennedy Mweene, 1-0.
Besides from the opening goal there was not much other goal-mouth action.
That, however, was not the case in the second stanza as Free State
tried to find their way back into the game. Matome Madimabe made their
intentions clear with a shot in the 48th minute that went inches wide
of the target.
Ten minutes later and Kingston Nkhatha nearly drew his side level
meeting a Molemo Moholo cross with a strong header that just sailed
over the crossbar.
As the game progressed Stars pressed forward more and more while Wits were virtually non-existent in the second half.
Still, a moment of brilliance from Aviwe Langwe in the 88th minute
guaranteed victory for his team when he scored the second goal of the
Langwe found the back of the net with a wonder strike from about
20-yards out that flew past Mweene into the top right-hand corner, 2-0.
That is the way the match ended as Wits picked up the three points and maintained their unbeaten home record.