MATCH CENTRE

FRI 19 FEBRUARY 2016, 20:00, BIDVEST STADIUM

2
VS
1

Mnyamane's strike not enough to hold Wits

by BackPageTXT

Fri February 19, 22:38

Thabo Mnyamane's second half goal was not enough to deny Bidvest Wits a win as University of Pretoria lost 2-1 in an Absa Premiership match on Friday night at Bidvest Stadium.

A double by the hosts' captain and defender Thulani Hlatshwayo handed Gavin Hunt's men to the full three points as they now have 39 points.

They trail log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by six points while Shaun Bartletts' men remain rooted to the bottom of the table with 13 points at number 15.

Tuks were the side to take the game to the hosts when Khethukuthula Zwane nearly beat Wits goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs, but his powerful shot hit the wood work.

Wits pushed forward and after 17 minutes of action, Bongani Nyathi saw his well struck shot parried away by Josephs.

Hunt's men enjoyed ball possession but were unable to break down Shaun Bartlett's defence.

In the 31st minute, Phakamani Mahlambi exchanged a good pass with James Keene in the middle of the park, but the forward failed to keep his shot down and on target.

A few minutes later, the visitors played great one touch football to Partson Jaure, but the Zimbabwean's attempt went straight to Josephs.

Just after 35 minutes of action, the Braamfontein outfit found the back of the net when skipper Hlatshwayo headed home Daine Klate's cross from the right flank - Tyson beat Tristyn Coetsee with a powerful header.

With five minutes to the interval, the hosts received a penalty after Keene was brought down by Willem Nwedihanga in the box and the referee pointed to the spot.

However, Klate was denied by Coetsee who produced a wonderful save to deny the experienced winger and kept his side in the game.

It was 1-0 at the interval in favour of the hosts.

Shortly after the break 'Man of the match', Hlatshwayo nearly made it two when he connected with Klate's set piece but the defender's header went wide.

Towards the hour mark into the contest, Hlatshwayo was unmarked in the box and his close range header went straight to the well-placed Coetsee

In the 62nd minute Mnyamane made it 1-1 when he beat Josephs with a fine left-footed finish following good work by Atusaye Nyondo down the right flank.

Nevertheless, in the 87th minute the former Ajax Cape Town defender rose head and shoulders above the Tuks defence and beat Coetsee with a powerful header to make it 2-1 for the hosts.

Despite their attempts to find an equaliser, Tuks failed to score and had to go home empty handed with the hosts retaining the full three points.

Bidvest Wits: (1) 2 (Hlatshwayo 36', 87')

University of Pretoria: (0) 1 (Mnyamane 62')

Bidvest Wits: Josephs, Hlatshwayo, Klate, Pelembe, Hlanti, Mkhwanazi, Nhlapho, Mahlambi (Botes 79'), Keene (Vilakazi 64'), Motshwari, Ntshangase (Shongwe 65')

University of Pretoria: Coetsee, Mwedihanga, Mthethwa, Sibande, Jaure, Maruping, Chikohwa (Mathosi 82'), Nyathi, (Ngubane 76') Zwane (Bacela 63') , Mnyamane, Nyondo.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH BIDVEST STADIUM
BIDVEST WITS GOALS UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA GOALS
3. Thulani Hlatshwayo (36') 10. Thabo Mnyamane (62')
3. Thulani Hlatshwayo (87')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2
BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
26
Defender
15
Defender
3
Defender
65'
41
Defender
60'
15
Defender
0
2
Defender
20
Midfielder
76'
12
Defender
36'
87'
3
Midfielder
82'
16
Midfielder
30
Midfielder
63'
28
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
86'
7
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
64'
0
Forward/Striker
17
Midfielder
79'
27
Forward/Striker
62'
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
Sibusiso Vilakazi
Midfielder
64'
10
Lennox Bacela
Forward/Striker
63'
14
Jabulani Shongwe
Midfielder
65'
22
Siyabonga Ngubane
Defender
76'
14
Henrico Botes
Forward/Striker
79'
19
Lucky Mathosi
Forward/Striker
82'
9
CARDS
Partson Juare
Defender
60'
15
Mpho Maruping
Midfielder
86'
7
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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