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Bidvest Wits beat Jomo Cosmos in the Telkom Knockout quarter-final

Posted: 6 November 2011 Time: 16:51

Bidvest Wits joined Santos, Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows in the semi-finals of the Telkom Knockout, thanks to a 1-0 win over Jomo Cosmos at Sinaba Stadium on Sunday.

In what was a competitive but cagey game played in fierce heat, the Clever Boys were the more creative side and deserved the victory, secured by a first half goal from midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi.

Wits dominated the first half and took the lead on 26 minutes, shortly after a water break. Right-back Sipho Mngomezulu played a long ball into the Cosmos penalty area and the home side's defence somehow allowed an unmarked Vilakazi to bring the ball under control, and he beat Avril Phali from close range.

Vilakazi almost set up a second goal for Wits a short while later, winning a header at the back post to play a dangerous ball across the face of goal for Sifiso Vilakazi to get onto, but this time Ezenkosi's defence did just enough.

Cosmos had a great chance to make it 1-1 10 minutes before half-time: a terrific through ball from Bamuza Sono put Siyabonga Nontshinga one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but he tried to round Energy Murambadoro, rather than simply lobbing the Wits gloveman, and missed out on the opportunity.

Ezenkosi asked a lot more questions of Wits' defence in the second half, but the visitors remained dangerous on attack, and Phali had to make a good save to keep out a Ryan Chapman effort on 68 minutes.

Phali made another excellent save 13 minutes later, diving bravely at the feet of Sibusiso Vilakazi after Wits sprung the home side's offside trap.

The missed opportunity did not cost Wits, however, as they held out for the 1-0 win and join Santos, Pirates and Golden in Monday's semifinal draw.


Previous comments on this story...

posted: 05:53 pm
We beat swallows,sundowns and yellow zebra force because all of the above mention teams want bucs to lose.no reason given just a wish
posted: 07:23 pm
Take us for granted you gonna see what we are made of Vilakazi is the best. We will beat any one who come along. We are the clever boys. No one from Kick off forumites gave us a chance.
posted: 09:49 pm
On paper, dis cup belongs 2 da mighty Bucs. I reiterate dat we must not celebrate prematurely as Arrows, Wits & Santos are not easily beaten. The best is yet 2 come from da mighty Bucs & as soon as Leal finds da combination up front, we wil win everything including Champs league. Once & always until vivian wins da league. Up the Bucs!!
posted: 11:51 pm
i'm hppy that wits wll win the cup
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