Absa Premiership

10-man Wits hold on to beat SuperSport

2015-09-23 07:57
Jabulani Shongwe (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Bidvest Wits played the entire second-half with 10-men, but successfully held on to secure a narrow 1-0 win over Absa Premiership title rivals SuperSport United at Bidvest Stadium on Tuesday evening. 

Jabulani Shongwe scored the only goal of the game before Henrico Botes was sent for an early shower on the cusp of half-time. 

Despite their man disadvantage, the Clever Boys continued to create the better chances and were deserved winners on the night. 

Discounting Papy Faty's early attempt there nothing to write home about in the early exchanges, with the most exciting moment of play an off-the-ball scuffle which resulted in Michael Boxall and the Burundi international seeing yellow. 

While possession was equally shared between the two sides, Wits looked the more dangerous and Daine Klate was unlucky to lose his footing, having found space inside the area following a quick counter in the 19th minute. 

SuperSport were finding it hard to find a way past a stubborn Clever Boys defence, with Moeneeb Josephs untested in the opening half-hour. 

At the other end Thulani Hlatshwayo forced Ronwen Williams into an easy save in the 37th minute with the defender failing to conjure any power on the ball having found a pocket of space inside the area. 

Bidvest Wits, though, would be rewarded soon after with Shongwe opening the scoring on the night with 41 minutes on the clock. 

The Bafana Bafana midfielder has been keeping Sibusiso Vilakazi on the bench and having scored in the 1-0 win over AmaTuks, he showed the confidence of a man in-form - charging into the area before stepping past Bongani Khumalo and curling the ball into the back of the net. 

Having seen his side take the lead Gavin Hunt would've had his team talk worked out, but the former Matsatsantsa coach had to change his speech heading into the tunnel as Botes was sent off following a second bookable offence. 

Desperate times call for desperate measures - eager not to lose two games in succession against fellow title contenders, Gordon Igesund introduced both Kingston Nkhatha in quick succession as he searched for the equaliser. 

Still SuperSport struggled to create chances with Thuso Phala seeing his shot in the 71st minute fly just over before a superb bit of defending by Markus Lecki denied Jeremy Brockie a shot at goal with four minutes of regulation time remaining. 

The ball fell favourably for the New Zealand international inside the area, but the young defender was aware of the danger, to clear at Brockie's shoelaces.

The win moves Bidvest Wits top of the standings with four wins from five matches. 

Read more on:    wits  |  supersport united  |  psl  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Free State Stars v SuperSport United, Goble Park 19:30
Mamelodi Sundowns v Maritzburg United, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Friday, 15 December 2017
Cape Town City FC v AmaZulu FC, Cape Town Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 16 December 2017
Mamelodi Sundowns v Bloemfontein Celtic, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 15:30
Chippa United v Polokwane City, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:30
Free State Stars v Orlando Pirates, Goble Park 18:00
Wits v Platinum Stars, Bidvest Stadium 20:15
Kaizer Chiefs v Ajax Cape Town, Moses Mabhida Stadium 20:15
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.