Bidvest Wits Maritzburg United PSL report
Posted: 26 August 2015 Time: 19:06
Goals from debutant Kris Bright and Sibusiso Vilakazi gave Bidvest Wits to a 2-0 victory over Maritzburg United in their Absa Premiership match at Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday night.
Wits settled the quicker of the two teams and established a good rhythm to their passing and movement, with the likes of Vilakazi, Elias Pelembe and Daine Klate combining well behind Bright.
The New Zealander saw relatively little of the ball, but still made a strong first impression by opening the scoring in the 32nd minute.
A Klate corner-kick found the striker unmarked in the danger area and he duly powered a header into the net via a helpless Virgil Vries.
Maritzburg were guilty of giving the ball away too easily in the first half, resulting in strikers Evans Rusike and Mohamed Anas seeing little action and being unable to test Wits goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs.
The visitors opted for a double substitution at the start of the second half, sending on Manti Moholo (now Manti Mekoa) and Siyabulela Shai, yet it was the Clever Boys who netted again as early as the 49th minute when Bright turned from scorer to provider, teeing up Vilakazi to curl a shot into the top corner.
Bright made way for new signing Joaquim Lupeta – whose paperwork had only been finalised earlier in the day – with just under 20 minutes to play.
Maritzburg almost pulled a goal back in the 75th minute when Anas’ low shot from a tight angle came back off the outside of the near post.
Lupeta then almost became Wits’ second player to score on debut in the game, hitting the crossbar with a thunderous effort in the 81st minute, but the Students held on for a very comfortable three points.
HOME: Bidvest Wits
Coach: Gavin Hunt
AWAY: Maritzburg United
Coach: Mandla Mcikazi