Wits up to fourth
Posted: 27 October 2013 Time: 15:06
Two second half goals gave Bidvest Wits a tricky away win at Free State Stars on Sunday.
Goals from Matthew Pattison and Sibusiso Vilakazi ended a run of three League matches without a win for the Clever Boys.
Ea Lla Koto star Luyolo Nomandela was the first man to threaten a goal, though his 12th minute effort flashed wide of the left-hand upright.
Three minutes later Danny Venter went for goal directly from a free-kick and Moeneeb Josephs was forced to parry the ball away to safety.
In the 19th minute Wits had their first effort on target, when Pattison went for goal with a free-kick, but Daniel Agyei was able to punch the effort away from danger.
By the half-hour mark both teams had settled into a rhythm and were exchanging half-chances fairly regularly, though neither Agyei nor Josephs were particularly stretched.
12 minutes into the second half Wits opened the scoring, when Ryan Chapman teed up birthday boy Pattison to send a right-footed effort beyond the reach of Agyei and make it 1-0 to the visitors.
On 66 minutes Clever Boys captain Sibusiso Vilakazi doubled their advantage, turning home an assist from Calvin Kadi to make it 2-0 and seal the three points.
With 20 minutes to play, Ea Lla Koto attacker Camaldine Abraw almost threw his side a lifeline, but his header from a corner-kick drifted just wide of the target, with Josephs beaten.
HOME: Free State Stars
Coach: Steve Komphela
Formation: four one three one
AWAY: Bidvest Wits
Coach: Gavin Hunt
Formation: four three three