Wits pile more pressure on Maritzburg
Posted: 16 December 2013 Time: 18:01
Bidvest Wits beat Maritzburg United 3-1 on Monday night to hand the Team of Choice their fifth straight loss in the Premiership.
The Clever Boys, who moved within two points of league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, prevailed through strikes from Matty Pattison, Getaneh Kebede and Calvin Kadi, while Thokozani Sekotlong netted for United at Harry Gwala Stadium.
The match was delayed by a few minutes due to the late arrival of one of the assistant referees.
Just seven minutes into the game and Wits midfielder Pattison put away a right-footed shot to open the scoring in what, up until then, had been an uneventful opening few minutes.
Then in the 17th minute the visitors registered another chance when Ethiopian striker Kebede shot on goal but put his effort went just wide.
In the 33rd minute Maritzburg’s Ruben Cloete sent in a dangerous looking free kick, but goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs smothered the danger quickly.
Then it was the turn of Maritzburg goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters to make a save when he denied Kofi Dankwa a goal following a corner kick.
And on the stroke of half-time Josephs again did well, this time to turn a Heinrich Isaacks shot away from goal.
Wits doubled their lead through Kebede after 61 minutes following some good work by Ryan Chapman.
Then Mohammed Awal sent his header over the bar after 74 minutes following a Michael Morton free kick.
There was some hope for the home side when substitute Dillon Sheppard hit a free kick into the wall and from the resultant corner kick, Sekotlong stuck the ball away.
However, Kadi made it three goals for Wits in the dying seconds following good work by Papy Faty.