MATCH CENTRE

SAT 16 APRIL 2016, 20:15, BIDVEST STADIUM

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Wits frustrated by FS Stars

by BackPageTXT

Sat April 16, 22:18

Bidvest Wits failed to close the gap on the Absa Premiership log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns when they drew 0-0 against Free State Stars at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday night.

In the wake of the stalemate, the second-placed Clever Boys remain behind the Brazilians with 52 points from 25 matches, whilst Giovanni Solinas' men have 33 points at position number eight.

Although the match had a quiet start, it took the visitors 10 minutes to attack when they nearly bagged a goal as Nhlanhla Vilakazi's header was denied by Moeneeb Josephs in the 14th minute.

Daine Klate also came close in the 26th minute when he received a good cross from the left, but his header was not well directed and didn’t trouble goalkeeper and man of the match Johnny Mathole.

Ea Lla Koto continued with their good one-touch football and just after the 30th minute Lucky Mohomi nearly caught Josephs napping on his far post, but the ex-Bafana Bafana net minder was alert and punched the ball away for a corner.

The experienced Klate showed his intentions in the 44th minute when he unleashed a volley on the left, but Davis Nkausu was equal to the task to block the effort.

It was 0-0 at the interval and the Bethlehem-based side tried to open the hosts and substitute Katlego Mashego's long range shot sailed over the crossbar.

Just after the 50th minute, Phumlani Ntshangase saw his effort going wide of the right of Mathole's post following good pressure on Stars' defence.

A minute later, the busy Mathole was alert to collect a close range shot by Henrico Botes right in the penalty area and it was a blow for Stars as Nhlanhla Vilakazi received his marching orders after the hour mark for a second bookable offence on Klate.

Towards the 70th minute, defender S'fiso Hlanti was fortunate to receive a pass from Ben Motshwari in the box, but his header lacked power and went straight to the well-positioned Mathole, who collected easily.

Gavin Hunt's men were all over their visitors and they hit the woodwork through Siyabonga Nhlapo in the 67th minute before Klate saw his effort going inches wide of Mathole's left corner.

With five minutes remaining, the Clever Boys threw everything they had to Stars but they failed to beat Mathole when Joaquim Lupeta was unable to make contact with Hlanti's cross.

Against the run of play, Ayanda Nkosi made a great run, beating defenders Buhle Mkhwanazi and Bongani Khumalo, but he rushed his shot and missed the target.

In the end, the 10-man Stars held on to their point and it was a bitter end for the Braamfontein-side as they shared the spoils.

Bidvest Wits 0

FS Stars 0

Bidvest Wits: Josephs, Allie, Khumalo, Klate, Vilakazi (Shongwe 46'), Hlanti, Mkhwanazi, Botes (Keene 61'), Nhlapo (Lupeta 75'), Motshwari, Ntshangase

FS Stars: Mathole, Nkausu, Mbhele (Mashego 44'), Chabalala, Makhaula, Masehe, Kerspuy, Mohomi, Vilakazi, Japhta (Sankara 81'), Sekola (Nkosi 68')

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH BIDVEST STADIUM
BIDVEST WITS GOALS FREE STATE STARS GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
4 1 1
BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
31
Defender
19'
4
Defender
40
Defender
15
34
Defender
2
Defender
44'
25
Midfielder
15
Defender
0
Midfielder
13
Defender
75'
20
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
30
Midfielder
68'
23
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
57'
60'
10
Midfielder
45'
46'
10
Midfielder
5
Forward/Striker
58'
61'
19
Midfielder
81'
28
SUBSTITUTIONS
Jabulani Shongwe
Midfielder
46'
22
Katlego Mashego (FST)
Midfielder
44'
20
James Keene
Midfielder
61'
0
Ayanda Nkosi
Forward/Striker
68'
21
Joaquim Lupeta
Forward/Striker
75'
31
Robert Sankara
Defender
81'
18
CARDS
Bongani Khumalo
Defender
19'
4
Nhlanhla Vilakazi
Midfielder
57'
10
Sibusiso Vilakazi
Midfielder
45'
10
Nhlanhla Vilakazi
Midfielder
60'
10
Henrico Botes
Forward/Striker
58'
19
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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