Absa Premiership

Wits dominate Cosmos

2015-11-08 20:22
Daine Klate (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Bidvest Wits continued with their winning run when they powered their way past Jomo Cosmos with a 3-1 win to reach the summit of the Absa Premiership at Bidvest Stadium on Sunday.

In the wake of the victory, the Students move to the top of the log standings with 23 points demoting Mamelodi Sundowns to the second spot while Ezenkosi are placed 14th with seven points.

Daine Klate scored as early as the fourth minute from a set piece after he was fouled by Thato Lingwati and he converted to grab the lead for the hosts while Charlton Mashumba netted his second in the league for Ezenkosi.

Following the goal by Klate, the Students went in search of more goals and after a great cross by Siyabonga Nhlapo into the box, Cosmos goalkeeper Sherwyn Naicker was quick to come out and clear the ball.

Seven minutes later, Jomo Sono’s men were dealt a huge blow when Thato Lingwati received his marching orders when he unfairly challenged Phakamani Mahlambi for a second bookable offence.

In the 43rd minute, Pentjie Zulu managed to break free and took a shot at goal but Moeneeb Josephs was alert and collected easily.

The first stanza ended with the hosts enjoying a slender lead through Klate’s set piece and after recess, the Students ran riot netting two goals to seal the game.

Four minutes into the second stanza, exciting young talent Mahlambi buried his shot following an assist by Nhlapo.

And it was the Students who grabbed another goal when Vilakazi received a pass from the exciting Mahlambi to make it 3-0 in the 55th minute.

With 13 minutes to wrap the encounter, substitute Bamuza Sono tried a shot at goal aiming to beat Josephs but it sailed over the bar.

However, against the run of play, Mashumba netted for the visitors when he finished with a left foot shot with nine minutes to go.

In the dying minutes of the clash, Dillon Sheppard was red carded for handling the ball.


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