Absa Premiership

Wits bring Baroka back down to earth

2017-10-22 19:11
Vincent Pule (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - High-flying Baroka suffered their first defeat of the season against Champions Bidvest Wits in their Premiership clash at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday.

Coming into the fixture, Baroka, who narrowly survived relegation last season through the promotion play-offs, were occupying top spot.

While Champions Wits languished in 15th place with four losses in seven league outings.

However it was always a matter of time until Gavin Hunt's side started to regain their form that tipped the Clever Boys to retain their maiden title success.

Vincent Pule's goal on the stroke of half-time proved to be the difference as the Premiership Champions Wits inflicted the first defeat of the season to table toppers Baroka - winning 1-0.

The victory moved Gavin Hunt's side out of the relegation zone, with just their second win of the season.

Egypt international foward Amr Gamal looked particularly lively in the opening stages of the encounter and nearly found the first goal after being played in by veteran winger Danie Klate.

On the brink of half-time the tireless target-man made up for his miss with a wonderful flick on to find Thabang Monare in the area, who then squared the ball to Pule for a simple tap-in.

The wingers effort was Wits sixth goal this season in eight games, which highlighted the issues Hunt has faced trying to gel a new-look squad with an array of high-profile names.

Bakgaga looked to rally back in the second-half with the inspirational Sipho Moeti causing all sorts of problems for the Clever Boys, but their decisions in the final third and the determination of the experienced back-four of Wits kept the home side at bay.

Led by captain Thulani Hlatswayo and former Tottenham defender Bongani Khumalo, the visitors saw out the game to register only their second three points of the 2017/18 campaign.

Read more on:    baroka fc  |  bidvest wits  |  psl  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Sunday, 22 April 2018
Wits v Polokwane City, Bidvest Stadium 15:00
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Ajax Cape Town v Baroka FC, Athlone Stadium 19:30
Bloemfontein Celtic v Chippa United, Dr Molemela Stadium 19:30
Golden Arrows v Kaizer Chiefs, Princess Magogo Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Maritzburg United v Mamelodi Sundowns, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
SuperSport United v Free State Stars, Lucas Moripe Stadium 19:30
Polokwane City v Cape Town City FC, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Wits, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Platinum Stars v AmaZulu FC, Royal Bafokeng Stadium 19:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.