Downs beat Wits to get closer to the top
Goals from Hlompho Kekana and Sibusiso Vilakazi downed Bidvest Wits 2-0 as they lost their Absa Premiership tie against Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday night at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
The victory for Pitso Mosimane’s men ensured they move up to the third spot on the log table with 32 points from 14 league matches.
The first 10 minutes of the contest saw both sides fighting to dominate the proceedings, but it was the Clever Boys who came close in the fourth minute when Gabadinho Mhango was picked out by Nazeer Allie and the Malawian’s header went narrowly wide.
The affair became physical for both sides, but Percy Tau nearly gave the hosts the lead when he saw his volley on the run missing the target in the 16th minute.
Click here to watch video The hosts were awarded a set piece in the 38th minute and skipper Kekana produced a stunning thunderbolt to beat goalkeeper Darren Keet on his left post.
Midfielder Thabang Monare wanted to pull one back for the visitors as he received a loose ball just outside the box, yet the midfielder’s well struck effort went wide.
The Brazilians went to the tunnel leading by a goal courtesy of Kekana’s set piece, and the hosts pushed forward in search of their second goal.
Vilakazi unleashed a powerful first time shot from a lovely turn on the edge of the box, forcing Keet to produce a fine save in the 66th minute.
It was the African champions all over Wits towards the last 20 minutes as they dictated the proceedings and Thulani Hlatshwayo attempted an acrobatic effort which went off Wayne Sandilands’ posts.
With three minutes to go, Sandilands came to the league champions’ rescue when he denied Cuthbert Malajila from close range.
In the 90th minute, Tau broke free as he outran the Students’ defence for him to set up Vilakazi, who easily scored in an empty net to make it 2-0.
The Clever Boys remain first despite the defeat, with 34 points earned after 16 matches.
Mamelodi Sundowns (1) 2 (Kekana 40′, Vilakazi 90′)
Bidvest Wits 0