Absa Premiership

Wits extend lead after Highlands Park victory

2018-10-26 22:32
Thulani Hlatshwayo (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Bidvest Wits moved four points clear at the top of the Absa Premiership standings after defeating a plucky Highlands Park 1-0 on home soil.

As it happened: Wits v Highlands Park

Wits were largely in control and nearly took the lead through Mxolisi Macuphu who hit the woodwork.

Thulani Hlatshwayo got the winning goal as it ended 1-0 to the hosts.

Wits dominated the opening 20 minutes without really providing many problems in the final third.

With that said, Macuphu came close in the 26th minute as he hit the woodwork from Simon Murray's knock down.

Nonetheless, Thulani Hlatshwayo got the opening goal as he met a superb free-kick from Keagan Ritchie's delivery to head home into the far corner.

The Lions of the North nearly leveled matters in the second stanza as Moeketsi Sekola fired wide with just Darren Keet to beat in goal.

Wits' defence had to be resolute and withstood a wall of pressure but still relied on an element of fortune in the closing stages.

Sphiwe Mahlangu came close to a leveler at the death but fired wide much to the relief of Keet in goals.

The result means Gavin Hunt's men enjoy a commanding lead at the top of the table with Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs set to play on Saturday in second and third respectively.

 

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Fixtures
Saturday, 24 August 2019
Golden Arrows v Chippa United, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium 15:00
Black Leopards v Highlands Park, Thohoyandou Stadium 15:00
Kaizer Chiefs v SuperSport United, FNB Stadium 18:00
Sunday, 25 August 2019
Stellenbosch v Maritzburg United, Athlone Stadium 15:00
Baroka FC v Bloemfontein Celtic, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Tuesday, 27 August 2019
Highlands Park v AmaZulu, Makhulong Stadium 19:30
Cape Town City v Kaizer Chiefs, Newlands Stadium 19:30
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