Wits go top of Premiership
Posted: 12 November 2008 Time: 22:31
Bidvest Wits went to the top of the Absa Premiership table after a convincing 4-1 win against the beleaguered Maritzburg United at the Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday.
Wits blitzed in to the lead with two goals in the first six minutes. Ashraf Hendricks headed home a Richard Rantjie free kick after four minutes of play. The Maritzburrg defence was caught cold as the defender ran unopposed at the far post to head home his third goal.
Two minutes later Dale Studzinski cleverly set up Sifiso Myeni who struck the ball sweet and hard giving keeper Richard Gilstrap no chance at all even though he went the right way.
Wits sensed Maritzburg's vulnerability and pushed forward with ease. Clever Boys captain Sibusiso Mahlangu dictated terms in midfield while on the wing Rantjie and Clifford Mulenga had the visitors back-peddling.
Mahlangu tried his luck from outside the box but it went straight to the American goalie's arms. Maritzburg coach Gordon Igesund seemed to liven up his players when he barked instructions from the touchline.
A free kick was given to the visitors on the edge of the area after a reckless challenge by a Wits defender. Sipho Mngomezulu superbly curled the ball around the wall and between the upright and Wits goalie Energy Murambadoro in the 14th minute.
The midfield battle intensified as Maritzburg fought to get back in the game with John Arwuah battling hard with Mahlangu. Unfortunately the influential skipper was substituted in the second stanza but Wits did not lose their momentum.
Igesund pulled off fullback Gary Goldstone and Ndlovu for Tony Tsabedze and Collen Zimba respectively after the break obviously looking for more attacking options.
It almost worked as Zimba worked his way in the box but was denied by the Zimbabwe keeper. A minute later Zimba selfishly went for goal and shot horribly to the dismay of two team-mates in better scoring positions.
Maritzburg pressed hard to get forward but wasted chances, especially Zimba who's free kick from 20 yards out went appallingly wide.
Even the introduction of ball wizard Junior Khanye could not change the way the game was headed for Maritzburg as Studzinski finished off coolly in the 70th minute and Rantjie headed home with six minutes to go to give Wits the top spot.