MATCH CENTRE

SAT 09 FEBRUARY 2019, 15:30, MAKHULONG STADIUM

2
VS
1

Highlands dent Wits’ title hopes

by Graeme Jackson

Sat February 09, 18:11

Highlands Park put a major dent in Bidvest Wits’ Absa Premiership title ambitions with a 2-1 win at the Makhulong Stadium on Saturday.

The Lions of the North move up to ninth place on the log thanks to the result, while the Clever Boys remain three points clear of second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns but have now played three games more than their nearest chasers.

Wits claimed the lead after 13 minutes, with Gift Motupa scoring with a glancing header from Deon Hotto’s cross. The goal arrived shortly after Highlands forward Mokete Mogaila had been denied in a one-on-one situation by goalkeeper Darren Keet.

The hosts hit back just five minutes later, with a long throw-in from Ryan Rae finding Peter Shalulile unmarked in the penalty area – the forward placed a header beyond the reach of Keet to make it 1-1.

Highlands had further chances with which they tested out the excellent Keet, while Wits forward Simon Murray headed wide from a clear opportunity in the 40th minute, leaving the game locked at 1-1 heading into the interval.

The hosts made a change at the start of the second half, replacing Enocent Mkhabela with Thabo Motlafi, and they were able to assert greater control in the middle of the park.

The Lions of the North went ahead for the first time in the 71st minute, with Mogaila showing more composure in attack to round Keet before finishing off and making it 2-1 to the hosts. It was no less than they deserved for a hard-working showing, especially in the second stanza.

Wits searched for an equaliser in what remained, but they could find no way past the Highlands defence and goalkeeper Marlon Heugh.

The teams will be in Nedbank Cup action next week: Wits are away to Black Leopards on Wednesday evening, while Highlands visit Cape Town City on Friday night.

Highlands Park (1) 2 (Shalulile 18’, Mogaila 71’)
Bidvest Wits (1) 1 (Motupa 13’)

Highlands: Heugh, Fransman, L. Mokoena, Mofokeng, Msimango, Rae (Haoseb 73’), Mbatha, Mahlangu, Shalulile, Mkhabela (Motlafi 46’), Mogaila (Nyembe 89’)

Wits: Keet, Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi, Nonyane, Hlanti, Pelembe, Alexander, Monare (Mere 66’), Hotto, Motupa (Majoro 72’), Murray (Domingo 58’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH MAKHULONG STADIUM
HIGHLANDS PARK FC GOALS BIDVEST WITS GOALS
38. Peter Shalulile (18') 24. Gift Motupa (13')
Mokete Mogaila (70')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2
HIGHLANDS PARK FC STARTING LINEUP BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
90 + 3'
1
Defender
5
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
0
Defender
26'
15
Defender
26
Defender
13
Defender
73'
24
Defender
60'
3
Midfielder
46'
0
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
43
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
70'
89'
0
Midfielder
72'
11
Midfielder
40
Midfielder
13'
24
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
58'
9
Forward/Striker
18'
38
Midfielder
66'
8
SUBSTITUTIONS
Thabo Motlafi
Midfielder
46'
17
Haashim Domingo
Forward/Striker
58'
21
Denzil Hoaseb
Defender
73'
45
Vuyo Mere
Defender
66'
2
Sabelo Nyembe
Midfielder
89'
31
Lehlohonolo Majoro
Forward/Striker
72'
45
CARDS
Marlon Heugh
Goalkeeper
90 + 3'
1
Buhle Mkhwanazi
Defender
26'
15
Thulani Hlatshwayo
Defender
60'
3
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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