MATCH CENTRE

FRI 22 JANUARY 2016, 20:00, BIDVEST STADIUM

5
VS
0

Keene fires Wits back to the summit

by BackPageTXT

Fri January 22, 21:58

Bidvest Wits returned to the summit of the Absa Premiership log with a 5-0 win over Polokwane City at Bidvest Stadium on Friday night.

English striker James Keene was the hero for the Clever Boys, scoring a ‘perfect’ hat-trick (one goal each with his left foot, head and right foot), while youngster Paseka Sekese and midfielder Ben Motshwari also got their names on the score sheet after coming off the substitutes’ bench.

Wits almost opened the scoring as early as the second minute, with Thulani Hlatshwayo heading wide of the target from Phumlani Ntshangase’s cross.

The home side only had to wait a further 15 minutes before they claimed the lead, with striker James Keene stealing the ball off Carlington Nyadombo in the penalty area before finishing with his left foot to make it 1-0.

Polokwane were twice denied an equaliser in the 25th minute, with goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs first saving from a Jabu Maluleke free kick before tipping over a close-range shot from Esau Kanyenda just seconds later.

Just before the half hour mark the Clever Boys doubled their advantage: Daine Klate provided an inch-perfect cross from the left flank and an unmarked Keene scored his second with a stooping header.

Klate came close to making it 3-0 within 10 minutes of the start of the second half, but his low drive from the left channel was well saved at his near post by City goalkeeper George Chigova.

Just past the hour mark Keene completed his hat-trick, taking advantage of some poor defending at a corner kick from the visitors to sweep the ball home at close range with his right foot.

Wits made it 4-0 with a beautiful team goal in the 79th minute, as Keene and Sibusiso Vilakazi combined to give substitute Paseka Sekese an easy finish, while Ben Motshwari scored his team’s fifth in injury time to wrap up an emphatic victory for Gavin Hunt’s team.

Bidvest Wits (2) 5 (Keene 17’ 29’ 63’, Sekese 79’, Motshwari 90+3’)
Polokwane City 0

Wits: Josephs, Allie (Nhlapo 66’), Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi, Bhasera, Pelembe (Sekese 73’), Motshwari, Ntshangase, Klate (Shongwe 85’), Keene, Vilakazi

City: Chigova, Barends, Nyadombo, Tema, Hlongwane, Maluleke, Alexander (Shiba 75’), Motumi, Jacobs (Jembula 64’), Kanyenda (Nzimande 64’), Mncwango

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH BIDVEST STADIUM
BIDVEST WITS GOALS POLOKWANE CITY GOALS
James Keene (17')
James Keene (29')
James Keene (63')
26. Paseka Sekese (79')
30. Ben Motshwari (90 + 3')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2
BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP POLOKWANE CITY STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
15
Defender
57'
0
Defender
66'
2
Defender
35
Defender
24
Defender
48'
23
Midfielder
75'
17
3
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
90 + 3'
30
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
60'
85'
7
Midfielder
64'
18
Midfielder
73'
11
Midfielder
24
Midfielder
17'
29'
63'
0
Forward/Striker
64'
9
Midfielder
10
Forward/Striker
31
SUBSTITUTIONS
Siyabonga Nhlapo
Defender
66'
20
Sipho Jembula
Midfielder
64'
38
Paseka Sekese
Midfielder
73'
26
Siphesihle Nzimande
Forward/Striker
64'
14
Jabulani Shongwe
Midfielder
85'
22
Linda Shiba
Midfielder
75'
13
CARDS
Daine Klate
Midfielder
60'
7
Tshepo Tema
Defender
48'
23
Carlington Nyadombo
Defender
57'
0
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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