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Wits scrape through to semis

Posted: 8 May 2010 Time: 18:11

Bidvest Wits have beaten FC Cape Town 4-3 on penalties to reach the Nedbank Cup semifinals.

The clash at the Bidvest Wits Stadium was a dull affair and it was no surprise when it went the full distance.

FC Cape Town dominated the first half but failed to take advantage. But despite the dominance, Wits created a few chances on counter-attack.

In the fifth minute Mark Haskins’ through pass caught the visitors napping, but Thando Mngomeni failed to take advantage when Thembalethu Moses, in goal for FC Cape Town, parried the high ball away from Mngomeni for a corner.

Mark Haskins could have put the Students ahead but his low shot after outpacing everyone, but Moses saves it in the 23rd minute.

FC Cape Town’s real chance in the first stanza fell to Lyle Lakay in the 34th minute. A long ball from the right found Lakay into space but the latter fluffed the chance when Francis Chansa easily saves. The score at halftime was 0-0 and that’s how it finished after the full 90 minutes as the two sides failed to use any of the opportunities they got.

Roger de Sa brought on Nyiko Tshabangu for the out-of-sorts Houston Hills for the start of the second half.

Chances were few and far in between in the second half. The first real chance fell to Mngomeni in the 50th minute from an inch-perfect cross from Sifiso Myeni, who came alive in the second half, but Mngomeni headed the ball high when it was easier to score than to miss.

Despite both teams making a few changes upfront, Wits bringing on Sifiso Vilakazi for Haskins and Marcelino Fransch coming on for Mukendi Mulumba, none of the two teams looked like scoring.

The last piece of action in regulation time saw Mngomeni sent off for a second bookable offence. The game went into extra time and Morne Davids of FC Cape Town was also given his marching orders for a second bookable offence, but except for the red card there was no real action and the game went to the penalties.

Penalty sequence: Fransch scores, Bantam scores, Eboue Bille misses, Mngomezulu saved, Johnson scores, Rodrigues scores, Lakay scores, Vilakazi scores, Dicks misses, Phungwayo scores

Bidvest Wits: (4-4-2) Chansa – Mngomezulu, Mashamaite, Batabaire, Phungwayo – Bantam, Sibande (Rodrigues 90th), Mungomeni, Myeni – Haskins (S Vilakazi 75th), Hills (Tshabangu 46th)

FC Cape Town: (4-5-1) Moses – Shenzelani, Adams, Eboule Bille, Davids – Moletsane, Hartog, Isaacs (Johnson 72nd), Ntuli (Dicks 97th), Lakay – Mulumba (Fransch 84th)

Cautions: Hills, Mashamaite, Bantam; Johnson, Dicks

Dismissal: Mngomeni; Davids

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:32 pm
as a sundowns fan i want 2 face wits in the semis
posted: 09:53 am
After Saturday, I have lost all respect for De Sa as a coach! I think he should be demoted to a goal-keeper coach as he knows nothing about the strategic game of soccer. The changes he made in the team is still mind boggling, how the hell do you take off Haskins who was having a good game and leave on Mngomeni who already had a yellow card and who's game was scrappy anyhow? By making the wrong substitution, he's now short another experienced player for the next game as both Mnogmeni and Kadi is out! Making that substitution really proved that this coach knows nothing about soccer! As for the captain Tefu, who cannot even play a decent pass! and why is Morton not played???? that boy did well in most of his games and now he is being sidelined. Sibande needs to be taught the basic rules of soccer, you do not pass the ball behind the players and Myeni should stop wasting time turning with the ball when the team is on the attack. You a quality player boy, but you need to use your head sometimes and not just try and please the crowd but be a teamplayer first!
posted: 10:06 am
Robby, Sundowns has not beaten Wits convincingly yet, we all know what happened with the 1-0 in the second round. Wits beat the hell out of your team in the first round with you even calling for the head of your coach!
posted: 03:17 pm
the nature of the game is play to win. however at wits the coach seems to want to survive. the team has the right players but the coach and/or technical team does not know what works best. the team can progressive to the final and bag the cup but the technical team must want it enough to let the team play. Roger seems to have a problem with Haskins, if he does not allow him to play it will be to the teams detremint. his sustitution on saturday almost cost the team their place in the semis.
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