Absa Premiership

Sundowns claim Wits scalp

2015-08-22 17:18
Cuthbert Malajila (Gallo Images)

Atteridgeville - Mamelodi Sundowns walked away with maximum points after beating Bidvest Wits 4-2 in a PSL clash at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.

As it happened: Sundowns 4-2 Wits

The Tshwane giants started the game on a high as they had some wonderful touches but no real threat was posed on goal.

It was, however, the visitors who almost grabbed the opener in the 17th minute when Daine Klate's header was superbly cleared off the line by Ramahlwe Mphahlele with Kennedy Mweene well beaten.

It didn't take long after that for Cuthbert Malajila to control well at the edge of the box before firing past a helpless Moeneed Josephs to give the Brazilians a 1-0 advantage.

Gavin Hunt's charges upped the tempo in search of an equaliser, and Thulani Hlatshwayo almost pulled one back in the 37th minute, but his header was wide.

The hosts enjoyed more of the ball as the half drew to a close but their possession could not be converted to a goal and 1-0 is how the teams headed into the half-time break.

The visitors came out guns blazing in the second stanza as Klate forced Mweene into making a fine save before Buhle Mkhwanazi smashed his effort off the crossbar only moments after the restart.

Five minutes later, Magokolodi Ngele produced a thunderbolt that Josephs did well to keep out, but ten minutes later Klate could not be denied as his header rattled the net to draw the game level at 1-1.

The Students were looking fired up in the second half, but Malajila struck once again in the 77th minute after some confusion in the penalty area allowed ‘Downs to regain the lead, 2-1.

Wits continued to dominate the half, but Elias Pelembe was unfortunate to have his 83rd minute effort strike the upright.

As the Clever Boys added numbers into their attack, Khama Billiat produced a fine first touch before slotting the ball home to make it 3-1 against the run of play.

Teko Modise also wanted in on the goals and the midfield maestro converted a 88th minute effort to make it 4-1 after a good phase of play from Pitso Mosimane's men.

It was raining goals in the final moments of the encounter as Klate grabbed one back for Wits in stoppage time to make it 4-2, but there was no time for more and Sundowns held on for the comprehensive 4-2 victory and their first of the season.

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