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Tshabangu (Haskins 62’)
Myeni (Mahlangu 90’)
Sif. Vilakazi (Mngomeni 76’)
BIDVEST WITS 2
1 GOLDEN ARROWS
Competition: Absa Premiership
Date: Sunday, 19 December 2009
Venue: Chatsworth Stadium
Bidvest Wits have finally won an Absa Premiership match after a drought of 14 games without a win. This was after the Students beat Golden Arrows 2-0 at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday night thanks to goals from Sifiso Myeni and Mark Haskins.
Once title contenders, coming into this match, the home side were teetering ominously towards the relegation zone. The Students, who have been going through a bad patch recently, obviously needed an improved performance to upset the visitors, who came into this game buoyed by their 1-0 victory over Log leaders SuperSport United in midweek.
Abafana Bes’thende showed character against Matsatsantsa and were well placed to emerge as victors, but Roger de Sa’s charges were up to the challenge on the day. They tried hard to stick to the basics and not to make silly mistakes. They played like the hosts that they are and were creative and daring in their approach. However, playing on a slippery pitch, both sides tried hard to adjust to the conditions.
Playing without their inspirational captain, Tefu Mashamaite, and their deadly marksman, Calvin Kadi, from the first whistle, Marawan Bantaam, who was wearing the captain’s armband, and company were spitting fire but found it difficult to penetrate Arrows’ rock solid defence, marshaled by Mseleki Mvalo and Mlungiseni Masinga.
However, the visitors were beginning to show some assertive and determined play and were also on an all out attack mood but they lacked the creativity needed to unlock the home side’s tight defence.
Bidvest Wits were the first to ask questions when Marawaan Bantaam’s long range shot was saved by Thulasizwe Khuzwayo in the fourth minute.
Richard Henyekane also gave the home side a scare when his well taken shot hit the upright and ricocheted back into the hands of Darren Keet.
In the 12th minute Nhlanhla Zothwane missed a heavenly opportunity when he shot wide with Wits keeper Keet in no-man’s-land.
As if not to be outdone, Arrows’ Siyabonga Pela also had a chance to put his side in front but the Abafana Bes’thende midfielder was unlucky to see his shot also hitting the upright in the 16th minute.
Arrows were made to rue those missed chances when in the 24th minute Mvalo was adjudged to have fouled Sifiso Vilakazi inside the box and the referee, Buyile Gqubule, awarded a penalty. From that resultant spot kick, Sifiso Myeni made no mistake, putting the Students in the driving seat.
Sifiso Vilakazi was making his debut for Bidvest Wits after being signed from Ajax Cape Town.
The visitors must have thought that they had found an equaliser, but after putting the ball past Keet in the 37th minute Pela was adjudged to have been offside.
There was drama in the 47th minute when the referee awarded the home side their second penalty of the day. This was after Mzuvukile Tom handled the ball inside the box. However credit should go to Arrows’ keeper Thulasizwe Khuzwayo, who saved from Fabricio Rodrigues, avoiding his side the embarrassment of going into half time with two goals down.
Both sides were evenly matched in the second half, with the ball swinging from one end to the other but in truth Arrows looked like the best bet to score.
Seeing that time was no longer on their side, Arrows developed a strong attacking mentality. Njabulo Manqana and Richard Henyekane were in their element, outclassing the Students with sublime moves and immaculate passes.
However Wits regrouped and were gradually finding their rhythm as they staged several onslaughts into the visitors’ goalmouth but they failed to use the opportunities they created.
However their efforts were rewarded when substitute Mark Haskins connected a well taken cross Sifiso Myeni with a diving header in the 82nd minute.
Arrows’ consolation goal was scored by Richard Henyekane from a penalty after Patrick Phungwayo was adjudged to have fouled Thamsanqa Gabuza in the 88th minute.
Bidvest Wits (1) 2 (Myeni 25’ pen, Haskins 82’)
Golden Arrows (0) 1 (R. Henyekane 89’ pen)
Wits: (4-5-1) Keet; Mdluli, Miller, Winstanley, Phungwayo; Rodrigues, Tshabangu (Haskins 62’), Sibande, Bantam, Myeni (Mahlangu 90’); Sif. Vilakazi (Mngomeni 76’)
Arrows: 4-5-1) (Khuzwayo; Mvalo (Mncube 87’), Musonda, Masinga, Tom; Bengu (Gabuza 46’), Khuboni, Pela (Biyela 63’), Zothwane, Manqana; R. Henyekane
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Mvalo (Mncube 87’)
Bengu (Gabuza 46’)
Pela (Biyela 63’)