MTN 8: Bidvest Wits 2-2 Golden Arrows - As It Happened

MTN 8: Bidvest Wits 2-2 Golden Arrows - As It Happened
James Keene of Bidvest Wits challenges Nkanyiso Mngwengwe of Golden Arrows during the MTN8 quarterfinal match between Bidvest Wits and Golden Arrows on the 11 August 2017 at Bidvest Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Aug 11, 2017. 22:54

Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2017 MTN8 Cup quarter-final match between Bidvest Wits and Golden Arrows at the Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Bidvest Wits Xl: Josephs, Hlanti, Hlatswayo, Damjanovic, Frosler, Scott, Monare, Pelembe, Pule, Claasen, Keene.

Golden Arrows Xl: Gumede, Nonyane, Mzava, Mngwengwe, Dube, Phiri, Cele, Mahachi, Jooste, Magubane, Lamola.


Wits, who are the defending champions, advance to the MTN8 Cup semi-finals after winning 4-3 on penalties.

Wits: Hlatshwayo - SAVED, Mhango -SAVED, Pienaar - SCORES, Pelembe - SCORES, Keene - SCORES, Frosler - SCORES

Arrows: Sibiya - SCORES, Nonyane -MISSES, Mutizwa - SCORES, Cele -MiSSES, Mahachi - SCORES, Bilankulu - MISSES

A penalty shootout to follow.

EXTRA-TIME FULL-TIME: Wits 2-2 Arrows.

120' - The fourth official has added two minutes.

115' - Wits are dominating possessing as they look to unlock the Arrows defence.

110' - RED CARD! Arrows defender Dube is red carded after he head-butted Wits forward Mhango.

106' - The second-half of extra-time is underway.

Extra-time half-time: Wits 2-2 Arrows

105' - Wits coach Gavin Hunt and Arrows coach Clinton Larsen are both sent to the stands by the match referee.

100' - Nonyane whips a long back into the Wits box and Josephs comes out to gather the ball with ease.

91' - The first-half of extra-time is underway.

Extra-Time to follow.

FULL-TIME: Wits 2-2 Arrows

90' - Four minutes added by the fourth official.

85' - The Clever Boys are doing most of the attacking in the closing stages as they search for a late winning goal.

84' - Wits sub: Pienaar IN, Claasen OUT.

80' - GOOD SAVE! Josephs makes a good low save to deny Nonyane at his near-post as Abafana Bes'thende looked to restore their lead.

75' - Wits sub: Mhango IN, Pule OUT.

70' - CHANCE! Pule's cross finds his Wits captain Hlatshwayo at the far post and the latter heads wide.

65' - Play is stopped as Nonyane is down injured after colliding with Gumede and Keene.

61' - GOAL! Wits 2-2 Arrows. Keene finds the back of the net following a mistake by Arrows defender Nonyane.

60' - GOOD BLOCK! Phiri's attempt is blocked from close range following a good move by Clever Boys.

55' - Pule's curling effort from a free-kick outside the Arrows box is easily saved by Gumede.

50' - Wits winger Pelembe forces Arrows keeper Gumede into a good save as the hosts look to level matters.

46' - The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: Wits 1-2 Arrows.

45 + 3' RED CARD! Arrows midfielder Phiri receives his second yellow card and he's sent off.

45' - The fourth official has added five minutes.

40' - Play has resumed and Wits are pressing Arrows as the half-time break approaches.

35' - Play is stopped as Wits midfielder Claasen, who is also making his competitive debut for the Clever Boys, is down injured.

30' - Arrows have taken a surprise lead as we reach the half-hour mark here in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

26' - GOAL! Wits 1-2 Arrows. Keene beats Arrows keeper Gumede from the spot-kick.

26' - PENALTY! Wits are awarded a penalty after Pule is fouled in the Arrows box.

25' - GOAL! Wits 0-2 Arrows. Jooste sets up Mahachi, who hits the back of the net.

24' - Arrows have been forced to make an early change as Magubane is substituted due to an injury.

22' - Arrows sub: Sibiya IN, Magubane OUT

20' - RED CARD! Wits defender Damjanovic receives a red card for a dangerous tackle on his competitive debut for the hosts.

15' - Josephs produces a good save to deny Arrows full-back Dube as the visitors look to double their lead.

11' - GOAL! Wits 0-1 Arrows. Lamola beats Wits keeper Josephs with a good header to hand Arrows the lead.

10' - Arrows are looking to launch quick counter-attacks against Wits.

5' - The hosts threaten first as Pule's effort is deflected dangerously past the upright as Wits look for an early goal.

1' - The match is underway.

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