Clever Boys down Tycoons
Posted: 7 February 2009 Time: 22:28
Bidvest Wits claimed their first win of 2009 when they defeated Platinum Stars 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Clever Boys broke a four-match winless streak and completed a league 'double' over the Tycoons, whom they had beaten by the same score in the first half of the season, thanks to a goal ten minutes into the second half from Thabo Ramasoeu.
Roger de Sa's side based their victory on a solid defensive showing, though Miguel Gamondi will be disappointed at his team's inability to pose much of a threat going forward.
Dillon Sheppard's first act for Stars, his new club, saw the left footer curl a free kick over the crossbar in the first minute of the game, but it was the hosts who would go on to dominate the first half.
Stars had just one effort on target in the first 45 minutes, even though they created a fair number of shooting opportunities in which they should have tested out Wits' Zimbabwean goalkeeper Energy Murambadoro.
The best moment of the first half came from youngster Tebogo Langerman in the 32nd minute, with the Wits midfielder forcing Wayne Sandilands into an excellent save with a 20-yard drive that the goal minder tipped round the post.
Overall, neither goalkeeper was called upon to work particularly hard, and it was little surprise that the first half ended goalless.
Grobler had the first shot in anger in the second half, firing off an 18-yard effort that Murambadoro did well to grasp, but it was the Johannesburg team who opened the scoring.
On 55 minutes Fabricio Rodrigues picked out Ramasoue with a free kick from the left flank and the youngster steered the ball into the back of the net to put the Clever Boys 1-0 up.
Stars coach Miguel Gamondi responded by throwing on Alfred Monareng and Tshepo Ramokala, but it was Wits who nearly doubled their lead on 71 minutes when Rodrigues forced Sandilands into a save with his long range effort.
Even the introduction of striker Luis Renteria couldn't get the Lions of the North roaring, and they again needed Sandilands to make a good save, this time from Calvin Kadi's right footed shot in the 78th minute, to keep them in the contest.