Absa Premiership

Wits edge out AmaTuks

2016-02-20 08:18
Gavin Hunt (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Thabo Mnyamane's second half goal was not enough to deny Bidvest Wits a win as University of Pretoria lost 2-1 in an Absa Premiership match on Friday night at Bidvest Stadium.

A double by the hosts' captain and defender Thulani Hlatshwayo handed Gavin Hunt's men to the full three points as they now have 39 points.

They trail log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by six points while Shaun Bartlett's men have 13 points and find themselves 15th out of 16 teams.

Tuks were the side to take the game to the hosts when Khethukuthula Zwane nearly beat Wits goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs, but his powerful shot hit the wood work.

Wits pushed forward and after 17 minutes of action, Bongani Nyathi saw his well struck shot parried away by Josephs.

Hunt's men enjoyed ball possession but were unable to break down Shaun Bartlett's defence.

In the 31st minute, Phakamani Mahlambi exchanged a good pass with James Keene in the middle of the park, but the forward failed to keep his shot down and on target.

A few minutes later, the visitors played great one touch football to Partson Jaure, but the Zimbabwean's attempt went straight to Josephs.

Just after 35 minutes of action, the Braamfontein outfit found the back of the net when skipper Hlatshwayo headed home Daine Klate's cross from the right flank - Tyson beat Tristyn Coetsee with a powerful header.

With five minutes to the interval, the hosts received a penalty after Keene was brought down by Willem Nwedihanga in the box and the referee pointed to the spot.

However, Klate was denied by Coetsee who produced a wonderful save to deny the experienced winger and kept his side in the game.

It was 1-0 at the interval in favour of the hosts.

Shortly after the break man of the match, Hlatshwayo nearly made it two when he connected with Klate's set piece but the defender's header went wide.

Towards the hour mark into the contest, Hlatshwayo was unmarked in the box and his close range header went straight to the well-placed Coetsee

In the 62nd minute Mnyamane made it 1-1 when he beat Josephs with a fine left-footed finish following good work by Atusaye Nyondo down the right flank.

Nevertheless, in the 87th minute the former Ajax Cape Town defender rose head and shoulders above the Tuks defence and beat Coetsee with a powerful header to make it 2-1 for the hosts.

Despite their attempts to find an equaliser, Tuks failed to score and had to go home empty handed with the hosts retaining the full three points.

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