Wits down ten-man Stars

2011-12-22 07:29

Bidvest Wits picked up their second straight victory in the Absa Premiership when they defeated Platinum Stars 2-1 at the Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday night.

Miguel Timms scored the winner midway through the second half after Henrico Botes had cancelled Sibusiso Vilakazi’s opener.

The first half saw few scoring chances being created but it was the home side who showed more hunger and rightfully took the lead going into the break.

The Clever Boys got the first shot away in the seventh minute through Sifiso Myeni  but the winger failed to hit the target as his shot sailed over the crossbar.

The deadlock was broken four minutes later when Sibusiso Vilakazi was put through by Sandile Sibande; the midfielder kept his composure to beat Siyabonga Mpontshane with a low shot across goals.

Sifiso Myeni, who was giving Platinum Stars defenders all sorts of problems, continued to look for goal-scoring opportunities and in the 27th minute he saw his effort punched away by Mpontshane, while Ryan Chapman shot wide a minute before half time.

Wits started the second half in high spirit and it was Myeni yet again who tested the Stars goalkeeper three minutes after the break but Mpontshane was equal to the task as he pushed the ball wide of the upright.

The equalising goal arrived in the 51st minute when Henrico Botes finished from close range after receiving a pass from Nyauza Ntsikelelo.

However, it didn’t take long for Roger De Sa’s men to restore their lead via a well-taken goal from Miguel Timms who was give space to shoot inside the Stars penalty area.

The visitors were reduced to ten men in the 68th minute when substitute Joseph Malongoane was given his marching orders for a foul on Myeni and that proved to be a crucial factor following the loss of another substitute, Reuben Thebakang, to injury.

 There was to be no way back for Owen Da Gama’s side as Wits held on for their sixth win of the season.