Absa Premiership

Wits cruise past 10-man Cape Town City

2019-12-20 22:12
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Soweto - Bidvest Wits closed the gap at the top of the Absa Premiership on Friday night thanks to a comfortable 2-0 win over 10-man Cape Town City.

The game was off to a pedestrian start as neither team seemed interested in pushing into the opposition's half.

City enjoyed more of the possession but Wits were happy to stay compact and defend with a disciplined structure, all the while looking for the quick counter.

In the 18th minute City had their first opening when Craig Martin burst into the final third before finding Christofer David in space, but he hesitated with his shot and was closed down.

The Clever Boys broke the deadlock in the 28th minute as they pounced on a City mistake. A lapse of concentration in the heart of the Citizens' defence resulted in the loose ball falling at Terrence Dzvukamanja's feet and he made no mistake with his calm finish.

After the opener Wits increased their tempo and came close to scoring a second in the 38th minute when a brilliant counter-attack saw Dzvukamanja break free on the left before crossing for Gift Motupa, but his strike was kept out by Peter Leeuwenburgh's reflex save.

Matters worsened for the visitors just before the half-time interval as Ebrahim Seedat was sent off with a second yellow card after a raised boot made contact with Deon Hotto's head, reducing City to 10 men.

Wits consolidated their dominance in the game with a second goal just shy of the hour mark. Sameehg Doutie swung in a corner kick from the left and found Thulani Hlatshwayo at the near post where he headed it into the back of the net with great finesse.

A rare attack from City almost reduced the deficit when Shane Roberts found a pocket of space in the Wits area and thumped a shot at goal but it could only rattle the far post.

In stoppage-time Thabo Nodada had a great chance to pull one back for the away side but he lost his composure and sent the ball flying high over the goal as Wits cruised to another three points.

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