MATCH CENTRE

WED 12 DECEMBER 2018, 19:30, BIDVEST STADIUM

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Arrows fight back to hold Wits

by Staff Reporter

Wed December 12, 21:40

Golden Arrows came from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw with Bidvest Wits in the teams’ Absa Premiership clash at Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday night.

Abafana Bes’thende’s Seth Parusnath and Wayde Jooste netted in the second half to cancel out goals from the Clever Boys’ Simon Murray and Gift Motupa.

The teams traded early chances in the opening minutes, with Elias Pelembe shooting just off target before Lerato Lamola had a promising opening but was pulled back for a marginal offside call from the referee’s assistant.

Wits claimed the lead in the 13th minute, with Simon Murray converting a penalty. The spot kick was awarded after Thabang Monare’s shot hit Divine Lunga’s arm and the referee adjudged it to be hand ball.

The goal spurred the Clever Boys on to create further opportunities and they were rewarded in the 26th minute, with Deon Hotto doing great work down the right flank to tee up Gift Motupa, who headed home to make it 2-0 and put the hosts firmly in charge of the match.

The goalkeepers then became key contributors through the remainder of the first half, with Darren Keet pulling off a couple of excellent saves to keep out efforts from Lamola and Knox Mutizwa, while Maximillian Mbaeva turned away an attempt from Motupa to net his side’s third goal and kill of the game.

Wits, with a 2-0 lead, were well in charge of proceedings at half time. However, the opening 17 minutes of the second half saw them surrender their advantage to a far more attack-minded Abafana Bes’thende.

The Durban side first pulled a goal back through Seth Parusnath in the 49th minute, with the young attacker sliding home the ball after Lamola unselfishly teed him up when one-on-one with the ‘keeper.

And just after the hour mark substitute Wayde Jooste, who had made a real positive impact for the visitors, equalised from the penalty spot to make it 2-2 – the spot kick was awarded after Parusnath was upended in the 18-yard area.

Wits were stung by Arrows’ fightback, but the hosts nearly reclaimed the ascendancy in the 67th minute, with a substitute of their own, Lehlohonolo Nonyane, finding Buhle Mkhwanazi with a fine cross, but the defender’s header rebounded off the frame of the goal.

The visitors had the last clear chance of the game in the 82nd minute, with Keet doing well to keep out a one-on-one effort from Arrows sub Nduduzo Sibiya – the match duly ended 2-2 and saw the teams pick up a point apiece.

Wits will return to Absa Premiership action this weekend when they play away to Baroka FC on Sunday, while Arrows must wait until December 22 for their next league match, a derby away to AmaZulu.

Bidvest Wits (2) 2 (Murray 13’ pen, Motupa 26’)
Golden Arrows (0) 2 (Parusnath 49’, Jooste 62’ pen)

Wits: Keet, Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi, Johannes, Hlanti, Alexander, Monare, Pelembe, Motupa (Mhango 75’), Hotto (Nonyane 55’), Murray (Majoro 63’)

Arrows: Mbaeva, Sibisi, Mngwengwe, Mathiane, Lunga, Molefe (Cele 77’), Phiri, Conco (Jooste 46’), Parusnath, Mutizwa (Sibiya 72’), Lamola

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH BIDVEST STADIUM
BIDVEST WITS GOALS GOLDEN ARROWS GOALS
9. Simon Murray (13') 16. Brandon Seth Parusnath (49')
24. Gift Motupa (26') 17. Wayde Jooste (62')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2
BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP GOLDEN ARROWS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
15
Defender
0
Defender
16
21
Defender
13
Defender
20
3
Midfielder
49'
67'
16
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
79'
26
Midfielder
55'
11
Midfielder
29
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
46'
0
Midfielder
26'
75'
24
Midfielder
77'
24
Midfielder
13'
63'
9
Forward/Striker
72'
19
Midfielder
8
Forward/Striker
41
SUBSTITUTIONS
Lehlohonolo Nonyane
Coach
55'
0
Wayde Jooste
Midfielder
46'
17
Lehlohonolo Majoro
Forward/Striker
63'
45
Nduduzo Sibiya
Midfielder
72'
25
Frank Mhango
Forward/Striker
75'
17
Nkanyiso Cele
Midfielder
77'
8
CARDS
Lehlohonolo Nonyane
Coach
61'
0
Brandon Seth Parusnath
Midfielder
67'
16
Danny Phiri
Midfielder
79'
26
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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