Wits dump Chiefs out

2012-10-20 06:45

Johannesburg - Wits progressed to the quarter-finals of the Telkom Knockout when they defeated Kaizer Chiefs 3-2 at the Bidvest Stadium on Friday night.

According to the website, Matthew Pattison, Papy Faty and Letsie Koapeng netted for the Clever Boys, while Chiefs responded through Bernard Parker and Lehlohonolo Majoro.

The visitors threatened to strike as early as the fifth minute when Siphiwe Tshabalala’s in-swinging free kick found Erick Mathoho, but his glancing header was pushed wide by Ryan Harrison.

From the resulting corner Mashamaite also managed to get his header on target, but this time the Wits goalkeeper was able to hold on comfortably.

Chiefs were almost gifted a goal just two minutes later when James Mayinga failed to control a long ball, but Kingston Nkhatha rushed his shot just wide of the post.

Then in the 11th minute the hosts opened the scoring somewhat against the run of play when Pattison swivelled outside the box to lose his marker before firing a low shot which somehow went past Arthur Bartman.

Then six minutes later Antonio Lopez Habas’ men found themselves with two goals to the good when Faty got in between the central defenders to nudge home a Pattison free kick with his knee.

Amakhosi continued pushing forward as they looked to pull one goal back and in the 22nd minute Siyabonga Nkosi curled his shot wide of the post, while George Lebese blasted his effort wide a minute later.

Pattison continued to cause problems for Chiefs with his free kicks and in the 24th minute he managed to find Thomas Sweswe in the centre of the box, but the former Amakhosi defender sent his header over the crossbar.

Then in the 35th minute George Lebese made a decent run on the left before sending the ball into the box, but Nkhatha directed his header over the crossbar as Wits held on to their lead at the break.

The Clever Boys almost found the back of the net two minutes into the second half when Mashaba dispossessed Kgotso Moleko on the left before firing on target, but this time Bartman reacted well to grab his deflected strike.

Chiefs, despite bringing on a fresh striker at half time as Lehlohonolo Majoro replaced Nkhatha, struggled to get past the Wits defence as they were forced to shoot from a distance.

Tshabalala tried to curl his shot from the edge of the box in the 56th minute but lacked the pace to trouble Harrison, while Kadi also shot straight at Bartman at the other end a minute later.

However, Chiefs did eventually break the Wits defence in the 64th minute when Parker collected a pass from Lebese inside the box and produced a neat turn before firing past Harrison.

Stuart Baxter’s men were spurred on by the goal and committed men forward in search of the equaliser, but they were made to pay six minutes later when Pattison raced forward on the left before playing the ball across for Koapeng to side-foot home.

However, Chiefs were quick to reply in the 72nd minute as Majoro slipped past his marker on the right before drilling the ball past an exposed Harrison.

Three minutes later Reneilwe Letsholonyane was offered too much space outside the penalty area but his shot went just wide of the left post.

Then in the 84th minute, Parker tried to grab his second goal of the match from a free kick on the edge of the box, but his curled effort failed to dip in time and sailed safely over the crossbar.

Wits were then reduced to ten men in the 90th minute when Tinashe Nengomasha was shown a straight red card for a foul on Jimmy Jambo, but the hosts still managed to finish as the stronger side.

Mashaba should’ve wrapped the game up in the second minute of added time when he went around Bartman, only for his shot to be cleared of the line by Abia Nale.

Two minutes later Koapeng managed to rob Dladla of the ball on the edge of the area before shooting on target, but Bartman was equal to the task this time as he parried the ball to safety.


  • MrThreeZeroFive - 2012-10-20 07:47

    We were already furnishd wit excuses of Y the zebras wil lose. The Students completed the formalitiz..#a Tick to the learnaz

      luvuyo.zihle - 2012-10-22 22:49

      I'm k c fan .Psl alread took disision right my complain true to butman and couch .Bcz nkosi ws out of action in first 25 minits he shld pull him out nd play baloyi.

  • MrThreeZeroFive - 2012-10-20 07:47

    We were already furnishd wit excuses of Y the zebras wil lose. The Students completed the formalitiz..#a Tick to the learnaz

      clinton.horner - 2012-10-20 08:18

      Wits out played chiefs they were the better team by far!!!! As 4 the psl their plan worked to get rid of chiefs well done to you 2 for a good game plan!

  • mabhekana.nzuza - 2012-10-20 08:12

    PSL Pirates won yrstaday.

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-10-20 10:34

    Thats Psl fault, chiefs said the game should be recheduled as their regulars will be tired from national duties, look what happened now jeez PSl sick maan

      MrThreeZeroFive - 2012-10-20 11:04

      This excuse iz becomin annoyin naw. Playaz go on national duty across the planet n come back to resume domestic obligations. Stop shiftin da blame. U jas lost

      art5SA - 2012-10-20 12:34

      What? Are Chief not a fit team? EXCUSES EXCUSES....!!!

      luvuyo.zihle - 2012-10-22 23:02

      We can achieve even trophy if baxter finish season ,we hav masango ,dladla nale instad of tshabalala on right wing .At mid baloyi or katsande instad of nkosi ,they bater .

  • lezii.deepdj - 2012-10-20 12:44

    You win some you lose some! We tried but we came to the game without a game plan. Aside with the excuse of players tired,we didnt perform at all! Better luck next time Khosi!

  • MrDinwiddie - 2012-10-20 13:22

    No such thing as tired/fatigued players. The technical team needs to always have a back up team which should be just as good as the first team. No excuses on this one

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