MATCH CENTRE

SAT 21 NOVEMBER 2015, 15:30, BIDVEST STADIUM

3
VS
2

Wits down Abafana Bes’thende

by BackPageTXT

Sat November 21, 17:49

A brace by Daine Klate and one goal from the enterprising Phakamani Mahlambi gave Bidvest Wits a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Lamontville Golden Arrows on Saturday afternoon at Bidvest Stadium.

The Clever Boys are now leading the Absa Premiership table with 26 points from 10 matches, whilst the visitors remain in the seventh spot with 14 points.

The Clever Boys came to the match aiming to continue their winning run and in the early stages of the match Elias Pelembe broke free in the box and took a shot, giving Maxmillian Mbaeva something to work on but the Namibian stood his ground, fisting the ball over the posts for a corner.

After the 20th minute mark, Kudakwashe Mahachi used his pace down the left when he challenged Nazeer Allie but his well-executed effort hit the side of the net, failing to trouble Moeneeb Josephs.

As the game gained momentum, Mahlambi was denied by the Namibian keeper in the 23rd minute as the South African U-23 player beat two Arrows defenders using his pace into the box but it was saved for a corner.

Through Mahachi, Arrows took another shot in an aim to find a goal in the 30th minute but his effort went wide of target. A few seconds later, Mbaeva was on his toes once again to deny the Students in a one-on-one situation.

In the 37th minute, Vilakazi managed to beat Mbaeva from a cross on the right but he was adjudged to have come from an offside position.

It was 0-0 at half time and the Clever Boys looked for an early goal in the second half when Mahlambi was denied by the Namibian international keeper.

Despite the hosts showing intentions to get an opener, it was Serame Letsoaka’s charges who grabbed the lead in the 51st minute when Hotto connected with Mahachi’s delivery down the left, his powerful header beat Josephs to his near post.

In the 73rd minute Wits found their equaliser through Mahlambi, but Mabhudi Khenyeza soon put the visitors ahead when he finished Andile Fikizolo’s cross, passing the ball into an empty net in the 76th minute.

In the last 10 minutes, Mbaeva came out of his posts to deny Mahlambi but he was unfortunately red carded for catching the ball away from the 18-yard area.

The set piece was taken by Klate in the 84th minute and he delivered his trademark left footed curler which beat the substitute Ricardo Goss.

A minute later, Arrows failed to deal with a cross from the left and Klate completed his brace as he sneaked in to beat Goss for the second time.

Arrows tried to throw everything at Wits but Josephs stood his ground, denying the Lamontville-based side as they walked away with the three points.

Bidvest Wits (0) 3 (Mahlambi 73’, Klate 84’ 85’)
Golden Arrows (0) 2 (Hotto 51’, Khenyeza 76’)

Bidvest Wits: Josephs, Allie, Hlatshwayo, Klate, Vilakazi (Pule 61’), Pelembe (Botes 46’) , Faty, Nhlapo, Shongwe, Bhasera, Mahlambi (Ntshangase 90’)

Golden Arrows: Mbaeva, Mngwengwe, Mathieane, Sikakhane, Mokhethi, Cele, Manaka (Mjoli 55’), Mahachi (Sibeko 90’), Fikizolo, Khenyeza, Hotto (Goss 83’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH BIDVEST STADIUM
BIDVEST WITS GOALS GOLDEN ARROWS GOALS
27. Phakamani Mahlambi (73') 7. Deon Hotto (51')
7. Daine Klate (84') 40. Mabhuti Khenyeza (76')
7. Daine Klate (85')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1 1
BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP GOLDEN ARROWS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
80'
1
Defender
2
21
Defender
24
28
Defender
75'
20
Defender
20
3
Midfielder
41
Midfielder
84'
85'
7
Midfielder
51'
83'
7
Midfielder
46'
11
Midfielder
69'
5
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
90 + 3'
46
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
73'
90 + 2'
27
Forward/Striker
76'
40
Midfielder
61'
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
Henrico Botes
Forward/Striker
46'
19
Khayalethu Mjoli
Midfielder
55'
0
Vincent Pule
Midfielder
61'
12
Ricardo Goss
Goalkeeper
83'
0
Phumlani Ntshangase
Defender
90 + 2'
41
Sibusiso Sibeko
Midfielder
90 + 3'
35
CARDS
Siyabonga Nhlapo
Defender
75'
20
Koloko Mokhethi
Midfielder
69'
5
Maximilian Mbaeva
Goalkeeper
80'
1
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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