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18/12/2011 15:30

Wits up to eighth

Posted: 18 December 2011 Time: 17:39

A brace from Sibusiso Vilakazi moved Bidvest Wits up to eighth on the log, as they beat Black Leopards 2-1 in Polokwane on Sunday afternoon.

It was the worst possible start for the struggling Leopards side as some slack marking in defence allowed Wits to take the lead in the third minute.

Sifiso Myeni was given way too much space in the middle of the park and picked out an unmarked Sibusiso Vilakazi with a through ball straight down the middle of the park.

Under no pressure, the Students' attacker easily rounded the keeper and played the ball into an empty net to give his side the lead.

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Thereafter, however, it was Leopards who looked the more threatening of the two sides as they pressed forward in search of an equaliser.

But despite Leopards controlling the game, Vladislav Heric grew visibly frustrated on the sidelines as his team squandered their possession with some poor passing.

Nonetheless, Heric would have been happy with their 21st-minute leveller. For a change, Nkosiyabo Xakane supplied a perfect cross from the left flank to pick out an unmarked Thabo Mongalo who made no mistake with a clinical 10-yard header, giving the keeper no chance.

In the 32nd minute Heric's side nearly took the lead when Mongalo snuck in front of the Wits defence at a corner-kick to make a near post header, but his eight-yard effort struck the woodwork and bounced away from danger.

But then Leopards conceded a second goal four minutes later.

Patrick Phungwayo drove into the danger area, beating three defenders, before losing control of the ball. Luckily for the Wits man the loose ball fell to the unmarked Sibusiso Vilakazi only six yards out and he calmly stroked the ball home for his second of the day.

Sibusiso Vilakazi nearly grabbed his third seconds before the half-time break, but his powerfully struck 18-yard shot was superbly saved by Postnett Omony, diving full stretch to his left to make a fingertip save.

The second 45 was not nearly as exciting as the first, as both teams seemed uninspired after the break.

Wits seemed content to sit back in defence and soak up the pressure while Leopards were extremely poor in the final third of the field.

In the end, it was a half with no clear cut chances on goal and the match finished 2-1 in favour of the Students.

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