MATCH CENTRE

SAT 24 FEBRUARY 2018, 18:00, ATHLONE STADIUM

1
VS
2

Wits down City in Cape Town

by Graeme Jackson

Sat February 24, 20:10

Bidvest Wits continued their strong form in the Absa Premiership by defeating Cape Town City 2-1 at Athlone Stadium on Saturday evening.

Leholohonolo Majoro came back to haunt his former team, scoring two goals for the Clever Boys as they secured a fifth win from their last seven league outings. The Citzens, meanwhile, have now lost three PSL matches on the bounce.

The match got off to a physical start, with aggressive challenges flying in, and Wits had both Keegan Ritchie and Edwin Gyimah booked side the opening 22 minutes.

Both teams suffered injury blows in the first half, with City forced to replace Matthew Rusike with Nana Akosah-Bempah and the Clever Boys sending on Vincent Pule in place of Frank Mhango.

City generally enjoyed the better of play through a stop-start first stanza, but it was the Johannesburg side who claimed the lead on the cusp of the interval when former Citizens striker Lehlohonolo Majoro took advantage of some poor defending to find the net.

The Cape side took 15 minutes of the second half to hit back, with some fine skill from Bradley Ralani teeing up winger Craig Martin to score with a deflected shot and level the game at 1-1 on the hour mark.

Yet any thoughts City had that they would go on and win the match were shattered in the 73rd minute when Majoro got on the end of a Sifiso Halnti cross to net his second of the evening, putting the Clever Boys back into the lead at 2-1.

City pushed hard for a second equaliser in what remained of the game, but Wits were able to hold firm in defence and claim all three points on offer.

Cape Town City (0) 1 (Martin 60’)
Bidvest Wits (1) 2 (Majoro 45+1’ 73’)


City: Walters, Fielies (Roberts 77’), Johannes, Gumede, Mkhize, Modise, Nodada, Seedat, Ralani (Lakay 62’), Rusike (Akosah-Bempah 28’), Martin

Wits: Keet, Allie, Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi, Ritchie (Alexander 82’), Mosiatlhaga (Myeni 66’), Gyimah, Claasen, Hlanti, Mhango (Pule 21’), Majoro

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ATHLONE STADIUM
CAPE TOWN CITY FC GOALS BIDVEST WITS GOALS
30. Craig Martin (60') 45. Lehlohonolo Majoro (45 + 1')
45. Lehlohonolo Majoro (73')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3
CAPE TOWN CITY FC STARTING LINEUP BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
60'
30
Defender
69'
15
Defender
16
Defender
22'
19
Defender
77'
12
Defender
6'
82'
13
Defender
2
Defender
2
Defender
27
Defender
13
Midfielder
6
3
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
66'
23
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
27
Forward/Striker
62'
21
Forward/Striker
19'
17
Forward/Striker
28'
7
Forward/Striker
45 + 1'
73'
45
SUBSTITUTIONS
Nana Akosah-Bempah
Forward/Striker
28'
14
Vincent Pule
Midfielder
19'
12
Lyle Lakay
Midfielder
62'
7
Sifiso Myeni
Midfielder
66'
21
Shane Roberts
Midfielder
77'
29
Cole Alexander
Midfielder
82'
17
CARDS
Edwin Gyimah
Defender
22'
19
Keegan Ritchie
Defender
6'
13
Buhle Mkhwanazi
Defender
69'
15
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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