Absa Premiership

Wits come back to stun 'Downs

2014-03-01 20:37
Calvin Kadi (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Wits have  kept their title hopes alive with a comeback 3-1 win over Mamelodi Sundowns in their PSL match at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday night.

Sthembiso Ngcobo, Matthew Booth and Calvin Kadi scored the goals that ensured Wits moved nine points off leaders Kaizer Chiefs at the top of the league table, While Dove Wome scored Downs' solitary goal on the night.

After dominating Wits in the opening stages, Wome put Downs on top with cool finish in the 5th minute after the ball fell kindly for him inside the box from a Zungu flick off a brilliant Teko Modise cross.

Sundowns continued to raid the Wits half and were unlucky not to go two-up in the 12th minute. Rodney Ramagalela pulled the trigger from afar and Moeneeb Josephs parried the ball out of danger.

Ramagalela came close again in the 22nd minute. The Brazilians striker unleashed a pile driver which came off Josephs's chest but there was no one to pounce on the rebound and the Wits defence recovered to clear their lines.

Sthembiso Ngcobo restored parity for the Clever Boys in the 26th minute with a calm finish off a great low cross from the debutant Tebogo Moerane.

Ramagalela headed the ball into the back of the net in 35th minute from a Modise freekick but the flag was up for offside.

In the 44th minute, Calvin Kadi peeled off a defender and played a low cross inside the box but there were no takers in blue jerseys and Sundowns cleared the danger away.

In the second half Wits came back a rejuvenated side and should have taken the lead in the 46th minute. Kadi outpaced Bryce Moon and his cross found Sibusiso Vilakazi who rifled the ball wide.

Wits were at it again in the 48th minute, when commotion inside the Downs box saw the ball fall into the path the unmarked Ngcobo but the striker took one touch too many and allowed Esrom Nyandoro to recover.

The Clever Boys continued to bombard Sundowns and they were rewarded with a goal in the 52nd minute as Booth flicked Ngcobo's goal-bound header past goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene.

Four minutes later, Josephs came to the rescue for the Students as he pulled a stunning save to deny Anthony Laffor who hit the ball first time on the volley after some clever play by Elias Pelembe.

Ngcobo, who had a good day in the office, turned provider yet again in the 65th minute as his cross was met by Kadi who made no mistake to make it 3-1 for the Clever Boys.

In the 86th minute, Lebogang Mokoena broke into the Wits box and instead of taking a shot he decided to take a tumble and the referee booked him for simulation.

On the stroke of full time, Mokoena did everything right except the finish as he pulled his shot wide off goal with only Josephs to beat.

The loss means Sundowns have failed to reduce Chiefs' lead to six points and are now all equal on the number of matches played with leaders.

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