MATCH CENTRE

SUN 07 MAY 2017, 15:00, BIDVEST STADIUM

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Wits maintain top spot with victory over Maritzburg

by Brian Lee

Sun May 07, 17:09

Bidvest Wits were able to maintain top spot in the Absa Premiership after beating Maritzburg United 1-0 in a league match at Bidvest Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The win sees Wits on 57 points from 27 matches, three points above second placed Mamelodi Sundowns who managed to beat Orlando Pirates 2-0 also on Sunday afternoon.

The loss for Maritzburg does not see them drop out of the top eight as they currently occupy seventh place with 35 points from 27 matches.

Wits started positively with Gabadinho Mhango trying his luck from distance in the fifth minute, but his effort sailed inches over the crossbar.

Ten minutes later Thulani Hlatshwayo came close to scoring for Wits when he met a dangerous fre-kick into the box, but his header went narrowly wide of the target.

In the 20th minute Maritzburg created their first real chance with Lebohang Maboe creating some space for himself on the edge of the box, but his powerful shot was well-saved by Moeneeb Josephs.

Five minutes later Mogakolodi Ngele should have given the home side the lead when he broke through on goal, but fired over the target with just the keeper to beat.

Neither side could find a goal before the half time whistle and entered the break all-square.

Wits came out firing in the second half and almost scored two minutes after the restart when Thulani Hlatshwayo met a cross from Mogakolodi Ngele, but his header shaved the wrong side of the post.

Ten minutes later Wits did manage to take the lead when Phumlani Ntshangase headed home a free-kick delivered into the box by Phakamani Mahlambi, 1-0.

Maritzburg tried to find their way back into the match and came close to levelling matters in the 72nd minute when Kurt Lentjies met a cross into the box, but his header sailed just over the target with the keeper caught off his line.

Martizburg pushed hard for the equaliser in the final 15 minutes of the game, but could not break down a well-organised Wits defence.

Bidvest Wits (0) 1 (Ntshangase 56’)
Maritzburg United (0) 0

Teams

Wits: Josephs, Hlatshwayo, Khumalo, Ngele (Pelembe 78’), Hlanti, Mhango (Mahlambi 46’), Myeni (Scott 46’), Malajila, Motshwari, Frosler, Ntshangase.

Maritzburg: Vries, Fransman, Weidlich, Mngonyama, Makaringe, Fileccia (Mekoa 65’), Ndlovu, Sanoka (Shandu 76’), Maboe, Lentjies, Dlamini (Rusike 55’).

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH BIDVEST STADIUM
BIDVEST WITS GOALS MARITZBURG UTD. GOALS
41. Phumlani Ntshangase (56')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 2
BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP MARITZBURG UTD. STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
30
Defender
4
Defender
0
Defender
56'
41
Defender
76'
32
Defender
52'
13
Midfielder
0
3
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
30
Midfielder
81'
81'
29
Midfielder
78'
10
Midfielder
45
Midfielder
33
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
32'
46'
23
Midfielder
55'
0
Forward/Striker
25
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
46'
17
Forward/Striker
65'
0
SUBSTITUTIONS
Granwald Scott
Midfielder
46'
26
Evans Rusike
Forward/Striker
55'
19
Phakamani Mahlambi
Midfielder
46'
27
Deolin Mekoa
Midfielder
65'
28
Elias Pelembe
Midfielder
78'
11
Bandile Shandu
Midfielder
76'
26
CARDS
Sifiso Myeni
Midfielder
32'
23
Kurt Lentjies
Midfielder
81'
29
Sfiso Hlanti
Defender
52'
13
Kurt Lentjies
Midfielder
81'
29
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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