Absa Premiership

Vilakazi sinks Sundowns

2015-03-03 21:33
Sibusiso Vilakazi (Supplied)
Sibusiso Vilakazi (Supplied)

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 vs Sundowns

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 target.

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’).

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