Cape Town - Bidvest Wits overtook Orlando Pirates
to finish the Premiership season third with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Platinum
Stars at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday.
Vincent Pule's first-half
strike proved to be the difference between the sides on the day.
Both sides struggled to find
their feet early on in the game and chances were hard to come by.
It wasn't until the 15th before
the first meaningful shot on goal was fired. Masibusane Zongo used his strength to win a free kick
for Platinum Stars, but the midfielder sent the set piece over the bar.
Wits began to dominate
possession as the sought to take hold of the game and began to look threatening
Jabulani Shogwe went beat three players down the left
and his cross found Henrico Botes in the box but his shot was well
Dikwena struggled to hang onto the ball and
gave away possession often with some needlessly careless passing.
The Clever Boys broke the
deadlock in the 28th minute when Vincent Pule skinned his
man and fired home from 25 yards out.
The goal seemed to wake
Platinum Stars up and they began to push for an equaliser but Mogakolodi Ngele shot was well saved by an in-form Moeneeb Josephs.
Dikwena struggled to break down the Wits defence and their attacks were repeatedly
snuffed out before they became dangerous.
After the break Shongwe missed a glorious chance to double the
Clever Boys lead when Tebogo Moerane found him with a pin-point cross, but
the fullback shot wide from just three yards out.
Wits defended their lead with
passion but continually crossed the line and committed as many as 26 fouls
defending their lead.
The result sees the
Johannesburg club move above Orlando Pirates and finish the season in third place,
while Platinum Stars dropped one place to 11th as Black Aces earned a draw against
Free State Stars.