Bidvest Wits and Maritzburg United share the spoils
Posted: 15 February 2012 Time: 23:54
The effects of the two-month break were clearly visible as Bidvest Wits and Maritzburg United played out to a boring goalless draw at the Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday night.
The first half was not the most enticing 45 minutes as both sides looked extremely rusty. No team seemed to be able to hold onto the ball and often gifted it back to their opposition with some misplaced passing.
Consequently, action in front of goal was few and far between as poor touches in the final third of the field saw both teams loose the ball in promising positions.
In fact, we had to wait until the 30th minute before we saw the first effort on goal, and it was a poor attempt by Wits’ Masibusane Zongo as he smashed a 25-yard free-kick way over the crossbar.
Eight minutes later and Sifiso Vilakazi created some space for himself just outside the 18-yard box, but he saw his powerful shot well saved by Shu-Aib Walters.
That was as exciting as the first half got as they sides went into the break tied-up at 0-0.
Roger de Sa must have had a stern word with his players at the break because the second half certainly saw the home side come out the more positive team.
Four minutes into the half Ryan Chapman came within inches of scoring the game’s opening goal when he saw his 25-yard shot sail narrowly over the crossbar.
In the 60th minute Byron Hendricks should really have opened the scoring when he latched onto a cross from Kurt Lentjies, but he headed his six-yard effort over the crossbar when he should have scored.
Three minutes later and only the brilliance of Walters kept the scores level when he flung himself across his goal to palm a 30-yard Zongo shot away from goal.
After that the game fell into a bit of a lull as both teams began to tire, the two-month break taking its toll. In the end no side could create a clear chance on goal and the match ended goalless.