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Bidvest Wits vs Platinum Stars MTN8 semifinal

Posted: 24 September 2013 Time: 19:03

Platinum Stars will face Orlando Pirates in the MTN8 Final in Durban this weekend following a 2-1 victory against Bidvest Wits in Johannesburg on Tuesday night which saw them through 6-3 on aggregate.

The Students were up against it from the start following their 4-2 first leg defeat in Rustenburg last month, and Robert Ng’ambi’s brace meant there was to be no upset at Bidvest Stadium.

However, Wits were ready to fight for it and totally dominated the first 45 minutes, but without really creating any clear-cut chances.

Onismor Bhasera, making his debut for the club, had an early volley flash wide, before Stars goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane misjudged Sipho Mngomezulu’s cross-cum-shot, tipping the ball onto his crossbar and out for a corner.

Siyabonga Nhlapo then rifled a shot wide on the quarter-hour mark before Stars had their first effort on a target; a speculative shot from Vuyo Mere which Moeneeb Josephs easily held onto.

Mpontshane was more secure in dealing with Sibusiso Vilakazi’s low curling effort, before again coming up trumps in blocking Ryan Chapman’s thunderous drive on the half-hour mark.

Wits coach Gavin Hunt made a double change at the start of the second half as Robin Ngalande and Getaneh Kebede came on, but it was Dikwena who looked the sharper.

Just two minutes after the restart Siphelele Mthembu lost his marker and rattled a shot against the crossbar from the edge of the area.

Ngalande then fired a fierce left-footed volley inches over, before Stars broke the deadlock on 60 minutes – and effectively ended the tie as a contest.

Mere found himself in acres of space down the right and put in a cross which Josephs could only parry to Ng’ambi, who made no mistake with his finish from close range.

The goal seemed to spark Wits into life as first Musa Bilankulu put a header just over the bar, before they levelled the scores on 72 minutes through great play from Kebede, who beat his marker before putting in a pin-point cross for Denver Mukamba to head home.

However, any thoughts of a comeback was quickly forgotten as Stars – and Ng’ambi – got a second. It was a carbon copy of the first, with Mere again afforded too much space as his cross was expertly buried by the Malawian.

Wits seemingly accepted their fate after that as the match petered out, with the final whistle bringing welcome relief to the home fans, and jubilation for Allan Freese and his team.

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Livefyre comments on this story...

Harambe
posted: 2013-09-25 05:22:56

I still remebre these Chimpanzees saying we must score our own offside goal during the Carling Black Label cup, the offside goal is still coming, yesterdays one was a ligitimate one. They are now crying foul play. They must shut up before I call Myeni to come and skin them, yes skin the alive from end to end. It was a huff puff, huff puff huff puffing. Katsande's nostrils were wide open like a Donkeys nostrils from Shrek

bucs4PG
posted: 2013-09-25 05:30:32

Ref ws spot on cz he ws close nd hd a clear vision of wha goin on nd when he juged it he ddnt hesitate bt he ws sure of what he saw

Anyway d replay showed gould lling nd puhing ingubo worse he even lifted hm,even gould nva denied it 2 d ref cz he knew what he dd so stop crying nd tl ur defenders nt 2 lift amany amaplyers

Erasmus I a gem,al ahly coach asked:"why sa national team is struggling with talented players lyk these(orland pirates)

Esperance coach:"I'd rether play al ahly than pirates cz bucs is so good

Editor gi mst b asked these queation we nid an interview plz

sydney1
posted: 2013-09-25 05:38:50

Big up to Allan Freese and stars for reaching the final. Nobody gave them a chance after Johnson left.

Magaya
posted: 2013-09-25 06:09:09

Khosiologyst  Bennet had earlier booked Mahamutsa for pushing and tugging Morgan Gould in the box before the corner kick was taken on the other side; Bennet stopped play and attended to the incident by booking Mahamutsa. We have seen referees do that and apply it consistently. He did not apply the rule with us, he was desperately waiting for a slightest of touches. He is pathetic. Had we scored 5 goals he was going to award pirates 6 penalties, surely. Bennet hates KC and we always knew it. He is pierats legend.

Gold.Bold.Glamour.

Zebra Trap
posted: 2013-09-25 06:45:52

Who cares, we are marching on the juju way. What a celebration, just rubbing salt onto Zebras wound. The hunt is on for another Zee braai, mybe next time we should make Zee biltong as well. 

lijabulile
posted: 2013-09-25 07:32:09

Magaya Khosiologyst  When Mahamutsa was cautioned, why didnt he give a penalty? Inconsistent match officiating. He was looking for that moment where he was going to frustrate Chiefs and he got it. It's time the boys understand that such obstacles will always be there and score goals in order to shame the Bennets.

Magaya
posted: 2013-09-25 08:22:01

lijabulile Magaya Khosiologyst  We know Khosi and we already knew we are under siege from the enemy. KC should wake up to this fact and prepare for the worst...Let our players know from induction at KC that the enemy is out there and "we are on our own".

Gold.Bold.Glmaour.

sundownskby
posted: 2013-09-25 08:26:37

he didnt award chimpaz a penalty bcaurse the ball was not in motion, when mahamutsa pulled gould, and when gould pulled mahamutsa the ball was in motion and in the air. that is the different.

anyway chimpaz a the last ppl to complain about ref course u won a lot from refs remember. u lost accept.

udb
posted: 2013-09-26 17:29:50

Shame,keep rooting come 90 minutes pirates will b champions

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