Cape Town - Goals
from debutant Kris Bright and Sibusiso Vilakazi took Bidvest Wits to a 2-0
victory over Maritzburg United in their Absa Premiership match at Bidvest
Stadium in Johannesburg on Wednesday night.
settled the quicker of the two teams and established a good rhythm to their
passing and movement, with the likes of Sibusiso Vilakazi, Elias Pelembe and
Daine Klate combining well behind debutant striker Kris Bright.
New Zealander saw relatively little of the ball, but still made a strong first
impression by opening the scoring in the 32nd minute. A Daine Klate
corner kick found the striker unmarked in the danger area and he duly powered a
header into the net via a helpless Virgil Vries to make it 1-0.
were guilty of giving the ball away too easily in the first half, resulting in
strikers Evans Rusike and Mohamed Anas seeing little action and being unable to
test Wits goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs.
visitors opted for a double substitution at the start of the second half,
sending on Manti Moholo (also known now as Manti Mekoa) and Siyabulela Shai,
yet it was the Clever Boys who netted again as early as the 49th
minute when Bright turned from scorer to provider, teeing up Sibusiso Vilakazi
to curl a shot into the back of the net.
made way for new signing Joaquim Lupeta - whose paperwork had only been
finalised earlier in the day - with just under 20 minutes to play, while in the
75th minute United almost pulled a goal back when Anas’ low shot from
a tight angle came back off the outside of the near post.
almost became Wits’ second player to score on debut in the game, hitting the
crossbar from a good chance in the 81st minute.