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22/11/2014 20:15

Wits dispatch Ea Lla Koto

Posted: 22 November 2014 Time: 19:37

Bidvest Wits returned to winning ways with a 2-0 defeat of visiting Free State Stars in the Absa Premiership on Saturday night.

Wits, who lost 2-1 at Chippa United last time out, bounced back via goals either side of the break from Chris Katongo and Sameehg Doutie at Bidvest Stadium.

The win takes Gavin Hunt’s team to 17 points from 11 games and they move up to position five, while the Bethlehem side go to position 14 with 11 points.

The hosts capitalised on the visitors’ failure to settle early in the game when Katongo converted a great pass from Doutie down the right flank, beating goalkeeper Ayanda Mtshali with a powerful shot.

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Kinnah Phiri’s charges had a chance to respond in the 13th minute, but Daniel Cardoso’s header from a free-kick went straight to Moeneeb Josephs. Two minutes later, Tumelo Letuka missed a golden opportunity that didn’t trouble Josephs.

Both sides enjoyed a healthy share of ball possession, and a through ball found Richard Henyekane free but Buhle Mkhwanazi made a million dollar block, giving the Clever Boys a narrow lead at half-time.

Stars came back energised with a purpose to level matters but Moeketsi Sekola’s shot in the 50th minute went wide from the goals.

Ten minutes later, a fine pass from Jabulani Shongwe in the middle of the park gave Doutie a chance to finish with a low shot which gave the keeper no chance.

Defender Mkhwanazi was called to action when he cleared Henyekane’s attempt in the 65th minute off the line, and towards the last 20 minutes of the match Stars added numbers upfront. However, the hosts managed to keep Tiyani Mabunda as well as Moffat Mdluli’s moves at bay.

HOME: Bidvest Wits

Coach: Gavin Hunt
Formation: four three three

AWAY: Free State Stars

Coach: Kinnah Phiri
Formation: three five two

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