MATCH CENTRE

TUE 26 APRIL 2016, 19:30, LUCAS MORIPE STADIUM

0
VS
2

Wits win to keep pressure on league leaders Sundowns

by BackPageTXT

Tue April 26, 21:51

Bidvest Wits kept their Absa Premiership title ambitions alive with a 2-0 win over SuperSport United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Tuesday.

A clinical display by the Clever Boys who close the gap on league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns to three points courtesy of a brace from a returning Papy Faty. The Burundi international drafted into the starting eleven following a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The Brazilians face Ajax Cape Town on Wednesday.

Ronwen Williams would have envisioned an early barrage from the Bidvest Wits strikers, instead, teammate Clayton Daniels forced him into an early save.

Daniels' back pass caught his goalkeeper off guard, lucky for the former Mamelodi Sundowns defender - Williams was on his toes, moving to his left before heading the ball away from danger.

Having survived an unexpected scare, Mario Booysen should have opened the scoring for SuperSport on the half-hour mark. The Matsatsantsa defender lost his marker to meet a Thuso Phala cross on the full, but the lanky centre back could only manage to guide the ball wide of goal.

Faty showed Bidvest Wits what they've been missing, scoring in his first game since November with 36 minutes on the clock.

Daine Klate with a superb lay-off to set up the midfielder, who settled himself before firing an unstoppable shot into the back of the net.

Both teams had chances to add to their tally after the break with Moeneeb Josephs at his best to deny Bradley Grobler in the 62nd minute.

Gavin Hunt's men ,though, made sure of all three points with eight minutes remaining. Jabulani Shongwe with an instant impact off the bench - racing through before laying it on a platter for Faty to complete his brace.

Bidvest Wits next face Chippa United in Johannesburg on Saturday.

SuperSport United (0) 0

Bidvest Wits (1) 2 (Faty 36' 82')

SuperSport United: Williams; Boxall, Booysen, Daniels, Mokeke - Furman, Nel - Phala (Lakay 87'), Wome (Nkhatha 46'), Brockie - Grobler

Bidvest Wits: Josephs; Allie, Khumalo, Mkhwanazi, Hlanti - Pelembe (Mosiatlhaga 87'), Ntshangase, Faty, Klate (Shongwe 77') - Vilakazi, Botes (Lupeta 80')

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH LUCAS MORIPE STADIUM
SUPERSPORT UTD GOALS BIDVEST WITS GOALS
17. Papy Faty (36')
17. Papy Faty (82')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 1
SUPERSPORT UTD STARTING LINEUP BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
20
Defender
4
Defender
3
Defender
15
Defender
5
Defender
2
Midfielder
42'
8
Midfielder
44'
46'
16
Defender
0
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
77'
7
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
87'
11
Midfielder
87'
13
Midfielder
36'
82'
17
Forward/Striker
7
Midfielder
10
Forward/Striker
11
Forward/Striker
80'
19
SUBSTITUTIONS
Kingston Nkhatha
Forward/Striker
46'
10
Jabulani Shongwe
Midfielder
77'
22
Fagrie Lakay
Forward/Striker
87'
19
Joaquim Lupeta
Forward/Striker
80'
31
Abednego Mosiatlhaga
Midfielder
87'
23
CARDS
Dean Furman
Midfielder
42'
8
Joaquim Lupeta
Forward/Striker
90 + 2'
31
Dove Wome
Midfielder
44'
16
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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