Absa Premiership

Wits edge out stubborn Arrows

2018-02-17 18:27
Buhle Mkhwanazi (Supplied)
Buhle Mkhwanazi (Supplied)

Cape Town - Bidvest Wits edged Lamontville Golden Arrows 2-1 in their Absa Premiership match at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The win took the Clever Boys to 10th spot in the league standings, while Abafana Bes'thende slipped to 13th place.

The Clever Boys started the match well with Frank Mhango looking lively against his former side, Abafana Bes'thende.

The Malawi international had a chance to play a cross for an unmarked Lehlohonolo Majoro in the 11th minute, but he placed his effort over the crossbar.

Buhle Mkhwanazi, the Wits defender, was keeping an eye on Arrows' hard-running striker Lerato Lamola.

Lamola unleashed a powerful shot which was blocked by former Mamelodi Sundowns defender Mkhwanazi in the 20th minute.

The deadlock was then broken after the water break when Mhango headed home S'fiso Hlanti's delightful cross to make it 1-0 to Wits.

The momentum was with the visitors with the halftime break fast approaching and they managed to double their lead.

Trevor Mathiane was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the Arrows box and Wits were awarded a penalty.

Lehlohonolo Majoro stepped up and converted from the spot-kick to make it 2-0 to Wits in the 41st minute.

Wits were leading 2-0 at halftime after dominating the first-half.

Arrows were awarded a free-kick in a promising area after the restart, but Yusuf Jappie placed his effort over the crossbar from the set-piece.

The hosts continued to press the Clever Boys and they awarded a penalty in the 59th minute after Lamola was fouled inside the Wits box.

Second-half substitute Knox Mutizwa stepped up and he hit the upfront from the spot-kick with the Arrows defence watching in disbelief.

However, Arrows never lost hope as they continued to attack and they were awarded another penalty after Velemseni Ndwandwe was fouled inside the Wits box.

Limbikani Mzava made no mistake from the spot-kick as he beat the Clever Boys goalkeeper Darren Keet to make it 2-1 in the 75th minute.

It was end-to-end in the closing stages of the match as Arrows searched for a late equalising goal, while Wits were looking to restore their two-goal lead.

The two sides were unable to score in the dying minutes of the game with Arrows midfielder Jabulani Shongwe and Wits striker James Keene both receiving red cards after an off the ball incident and ultimately, Wits secured a 2-1 win over Arrows.

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