Cape Town - Phumlani
Ntshangase scored the only goal of the game as Bidvest Wits defeated Polokwane
City in an Absa Premiership match at the old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday
result sees the second-placed Clever Boys close to within seven points of
leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, while Rise and Shine remain in 13th place
on the log.
early minutes of the match were marked by a series of rough challenges, the
nastiest of which saw Thapelo Tshilo stamp down on the back of James Keene’s
knee – an offence which probably would have earned the Polokwane defender a red
card had it been seen by the referee.
almost claimed the lead in the ninth minute, with Thulani Hlatshwayo
unwittingly deflecting a left-flank cross toward goal off his thigh, but City
goalkeeper George Chigova reacted brilliantly to claw the ball away from
rain started to pour down from about midway through the first half, making
conditions tricky for the players – especially the goalkeepers, with the
experienced Moeneeb Josephs almost embarrassed by a simple long ball which slipped
through his arms but luckily squirmed away for a corner kick in the 37th
minutes into the second half the Clever Boys threatened an opener, with Joaquim
Lupeta getting away a low shot which was well saved by Chigova. Keene followed
up to latch onto the rebound, but he appeared to be fouled from behind by
Carlington Nyadombo – yet the referee waved away appeals for a penalty.
were finally rewarded for their attacking endeavour just a few minutes before
the hour mark. A corner kick was flicked on by Hlatshwayo and defensive
midfielder Phumlani Ntshangase showed the instincts of a striker with a
brilliant turn and volley into the top corner to put the visitors 1-0 up.
goal proved to be the last major highlight of the match, with Wits unable to
add to their advantage and City powerless to find a way back into the match
against the visitors’ resilient defence.