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Wits beat Sundowns after own-goal

Posted: 14 November 2010 Time: 17:36

Bidvest Wits beat Sundowns 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at Mbombela Stadium on Sunday.

A gutsy display by Bidvest Wits secured them a well-earned 1-0 win over Mamelodi Sundowns in an action packed Absa Premiership match at the Mbombela Stadium on Sunday.

The three points were secured via old-fashioned graft and some fine goalkeeping from Darren Keet, who saved a penalty from Elias Pelembe after the Students had taken a first half lead thanks to James Mayinga’s own goal.

Downs settled into their rhythm early on and for the first 10 minutes it was Wits who were having to work extremely hard to close down space.

The Tshwane side however failed to find much penetration and Wits keeper Keet only had a couple of routine saves to make.

But around the 14 minute mark the Students began to show signs that they were not at the game just to make up the numbers, signalled by Asive Langwe’s shot being blocked on the line by James Mayinga.

The Clever Boys quickly began to grow in confidence as their blistering attacks began to show cracks in the Sundowns rearguard – the pace of their counter-attacks was simply awesome.

And in the 17th minute Wits were ahead when a dangerous square ball from Tshabangu was turned into the net for an own goal by Mayinga.

The Johannesburg side did not let up there – they continued to attack, exposing Sundowns every time the team in yellow lost the ball – the large pitch seeming to assist Wits in their swift forays.

There were half chances as Sifiso Vilakazi and Sifiso Myeni fired over from just outside the box.

And just before the break it was nearly 2-0 as another telling counter resulted in Tshabangu unleashing from a tight angle, only to be denied by a fine save by Wayne Sandilands.

Sundowns started the second half looking fired up, but had to wait until the 62nd minute for their first real chance which saw Nyasha Mushekwi’s shot cleared off the line by Brad Philips.

There was more heroic defending from Wits six minutes later.

Having conceded a penalty for a foul on Mushekwi, Wits keeper Darren Keet redeemed himself in the best possible way by saving Pelembe’s spot kick.

Downs continued to come at Wits, but it was only in the 90th minute that they really came close – Richard Henyekane unleashed a rocket of a 25-yarder, but Keet was up to the task, ensuring the three points with a breathtaking acrobatic save.

Previous comments on this story...

Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 06:09 pm
Well done Wits for giving this mickey mouse team a drubbing. Their handful of fans ganged up with Pierats against the Mighty Amakhosi. Now it is double tragedy for the fans of this small team.
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 06:10 pm
Hahahahahahahahaha. Sunclowns is really a mickey mouse team. They have delusions of being one of the big teams in SA yet today they were outnumbered by Wits supporters in Mbombela.
Don Papapi
posted: 06:11 pm
Hehehehe.... we don't want cups, we are only after the league. Kuphi khona? Shapa wits shapaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Gold and Black
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 06:12 pm
No wonder they can only attract more than 5000 to their home matches only wen they play the mighty Amakhosi. Even their mickey mouse derby with Sionsport can't get 5000 spectators.
Anonymous
posted: 06:16 pm
Darren Keet was man of da match.disappointing display by my team.
tk.
posted: 06:18 pm
firstly, does Anthony habas have a and plan b, c or d? i mean everytime we start with a lone striker. after coming under pressure we will introduce Mabuti. every coach we play against knows that we wont play i the 1st half. secondly, is he waiting for Booth to score an own goal like to see that he is a liabilty to us? i said it at maritsburg game that mayinga is a cow. i wonder what Khumalo did wrong. i hope the coach is happy thatr mayinga scored. against pitates too it was the same thing, leaving out mokoena & introducing him very late. sadly nyandoro is old. everybody knows that next match either baloyi or marlin we be between the posts. i am beggining to doubt this coach. i miss stoichkov
Anonymous
posted: 06:18 pm
Halalalala free soccer lessons to Sunclowners
tk.
posted: 06:20 pm
after all the excitement and dissapointment, the league is not a sprint, but a marathon. it is still a long way to go.
Anonymous
posted: 06:21 pm
Sundowns is not an ordinary team, but they are just being coached by by an gardenboy. What technicaly wits dersev more goals. Lopez is just like Muloto and MASHABA. It time to remember Gordon Igesend now, or else let him go and Gorowa to coach.
Anonymous
posted: 07:11 pm
lmao trouble for wonder!!!!! U wish amakhosi badluck against pistol fc and your clowns got their as.s whiped!!!!! Wat a nice weekend!!!!!!!
Nipsy
posted: 08:27 pm
Thanks Wits for making this league a contest yesterday we beaten Pirates and Today you beaten for us the Mamelodi Siyadown. Just wait see Amakhosi Season, We are done with the only threat this season Bucs. Sundows if Mphela is out it out they shame they lost a good coach.
Anonymous
posted: 08:34 pm
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha hehehehehehe hi hi hi hi hi.....gwa gwa gwa gwa gwa...tails between da legs...who is da cow now??? Ngiyabuza who is da cow??? MIGHTY AMAKHOSI played one of their best football i ever seen in a long time...as for Wits ...thanks boys...job well done chapaaa amakhosi chappaaaaa
Anonymous
posted: 09:17 pm
Before i say anything i must actually congratulate the two teams for dishing out such entertaining football. High paced and action packed.
Anonymous
posted: 09:19 pm
Oh, it is a fact tht the whole family of k.chips bayayisaba i pirate, guys yu cannot win the leage by beating only pirate. Wht happend against santos, people knw which team draw or get beaten by small teams.
21 Guns Salute
posted: 09:37 pm
Tzozo and all the stupid cheats fans read all the comments not one Sundowns supporters is calling for the coach to be fired but i tell next week after thieves got beaten the whole stupid cabbage village will be calling for VV 2 b fired but this weekend is nice bcos he beat pirates and who is still top of the log????

They will be critisizing his tactics and asking why he didn't play this or that.
Anonymous
posted: 09:51 pm
I dont know where are we inheriting this yoyo kind of play. We win this game loose the next and not even a draw. Bad luck also seem to be hunting us. These teams that are beating us are not doing much to win their games but we are shooting ourself on the foot due to handballs, own goals and missing crucial penalties. Please coach fix these problems.device good plan a and some plan b during our matches.
Anonymous
posted: 10:06 pm
The pain must be worse because their new partner was also humiliated yesterday.
@Dino - you must be crazy. Chiefs supporters never called for VV to be fired. We support the coach through tick and thin. I just saw a comment calling Habas a gardenboy. He was called the master tactician, but today his tactics are questioned. Go hang yourself in shame. Sundowns is a weak team with useless rich players.
Anonymous
posted: 10:13 pm
@Oskido - Is that a conciliation? You talk like someone who cried yesterday and today. Happy days are slowly coming to an end again. Check the log standing and stop with your rubbish.
Anonymous
posted: 12:23 am
Sorry boys u played better during the second half, luck was not on our side. To Mr. Lopez its time to rest Nyandora, Booth and Moriri, Nyandora played almost every game 4 the team since he started to play for Sundowns- he is tired now give him a rest-Booth is too slow he cant match the pace of the young stars-Moriri needs a rest as well, he needs sometime off so tht he can regain his confidence. Stop using 1 striker, u must use Zothwane in the middle of the park and Mmotong on the right n rest Pelembe his out of form.
Sporo
posted: 07:24 am
thank u and thank u again bidvest wits and congratulations for having the best development in the country. now lets c hw long will the fake marriage between sunflower and pistol fc is going to last.
hit song is - fire krol fire krol, bring back back gordon...
cabbage for life....
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