Wits gives Amazulu a lecture
AmaZulu have not won a league game at the Bidvest Stadium since 2009, and The Clever Boys made sure to keep things that way, by winning 2-0 with goals from Hlatshwayo and Pule sealing the 3 points.
From the very first minute, it was evident that both teams’ intentions were to collect the 3 points. Within the first two minutes Jabulani Shongwe had managed to get beat AmaZulu’s defense, passing the ball to Pule who tried to head home, only to go wide past the upright. By the fifth minute both teams were settling well with The Clever Boys dominating possession.
In the 39th minutes Sheppard floated in a left-footed delivery towards the far post, where Hlatshwayo broke away from his marker to head across the goalmouth and into the opposite corner, giving The Clever Boys a 1-0 lead, and giving the centre back his first PSL goal in nearly 3 years.
Bidvest Wits held onto their one goal lead until halftime.
Usuthu came out blazing but The Clever Boys’ defense was solid. It didn’t take long before Bidvest Wits showed their true mettle as they displayed the intricate, one-touch football they are renowned for playing. In the 67th minute after the lions share of possession and attacking opportunities Shongwe set up Pule with a flat driven cross to the back post that was tapped in on the slide by the former African Warriors player.
It was in the 76th minute Tshepo Liphoko tried his luck against Josephs who made a brilliant save and ensured a clean sheet as the home side continued to dominate until the final whistle. The final 8 minutes saw Doutie miss an opportunity from 4yards as Pule played a cross slightly behind the diminutive winger and Henrico Botes striking the upright after consistent attacking pressure began taking its toll on the Usuthu back four.
This was Amazulu’s fourth loss this season after seven games and it Bidvest Wits’ fourth win on the other hand. This win took Gavin Hunt’s charges right to the third place on the PSL log.