Johannesburg - Goals by Christopher Katongo
and Sameehg Doutie ensured Bidvest Wits earned three points at home by
defeating troubled Free State Stars 2-0 at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday night.
hosts capitalised on the visitors’ failure to settle early in the game when
Chris Katongo converted a great pass from Doutie down the right flank, beating
goalkeeper Ayanda Mtshali with a powerful shot.
The win takes Gavin Hunt’s side to 17
points and they move up to position five, while the Bethlehem side go to
position 14 with 11 points.
Kinnah Phiri’s charges had a chance to
respond in the 13th minute, but Daniel Cardoso’s header from a free-kick went
straight to Moeneeb Josephs. Two minutes later, Tumelo Letuka missed a golden
opportunity that didn’t trouble Josephs.
Both sides enjoyed a fair share of ball
possession, and a through ball found Richard Henyekane free but Buhle Mkhwanazi
made a million dollar block, giving the Clever Boys a lead at half-time.
Stars came back energised with a purpose to
level the matters but Moeketsi Sekola’s shot in the 50th minute went wide from
Ten minutes later, a fine pass from
Jabulani Shongwe in the middle of the park gave Doutie a chance to finish with
a low shot which gave the keeper no chance.
Defender Buhle Mkhwanazi was called to
action when he cleared Richard Henyekane’s attempt in the 65th minute over the
line, and towards the last 20 minutes of the match Stars added numbers upfront.
However, the hosts managed to keep Tiyani Mabunda as well as Moffat Mdluli’s
moves at bay.