Arrows KO Wits in TKO thriller

2013-10-05 10:23
Bonginkosi Ntuli (Backpagepix)

Johannesburg - A Rudolf Bester goal 10 minutes from time helped Golden Arrows come from behind to snatch a 3-2 win over Wits in their Telkom Knockout match at Bidvest Stadium on Friday evening.

Arrows were behind the eight ball in the encounter up until the hour mark, twice going a goal behind in the game.

But equalisers in the 28th and 61st minute from Bonginkosi Ntuli allowed the visitors to stay in touch.

Once the score was locked at 2-2, Wits took their foot off the pedal and the better chances fell to Arrows and were ultimately rewarded for their persistence.

Arrows were the first team to book their place in the quarterfinals of the cup competition with their away win.

Earlier, Wits started the brighter of the sides and broke the deadlock in the sixth minute.

A pin-point curling free-kick from the right hand side from Matthew Pattison found Kwanda Mngonyama in the box, and his clinical header sailed into the corner of the net to give the home side the early lead.

In the 25th minute, Wits player Bongolethu Jayiya drew out Arrows keeper Nkosingiphile Gumede towards the corner flag, and crossed the ball into the middle of the box, but there was not a supporting player to slot the ball home.

Three minutes later, Arrows equalised through a flowing move. Wits were caught napping as a perfect ball left Rudolf Bester running towards the area ahead of the defence, and once Josephs went off his line, Ntuli was on hand to gather the pass and tap the ball into an open net to make it 1-1.

In the 36th minute Pattison had a shot from close range saved with a superb reflex stop from Gumede.

Wits hit the lead again in the 42nd minute. Ayanda Lubelo showed a good turn of pace down the left before delivering a probing ball into the area and gave captain Sibusiso Vilakazi a tap-in to take a 2-1 lead into the break.

In the 61st minute, Arrows scored their second. Ntuli completed his brace from close range to level the scores again, this time at 2-2.

In 72nd minute Bester was left one-on-one with Josephs in the Wits goal but inexplicably lofted his attempt over the crossbar.

Ten minutes from time Bester redeemed himself. After a goalmouth scuffle he was able to get enough on the ball to see it bounce over Josephs and into the corner of the net to make it 3-2 to the visitors.

Read more on:    wits  |  golden arrows  |  telkom knockout  |  soccer


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

After Stuart Baxter stepped down as Bafana Bafana head coach, who would you like to see take over?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.