Keene hat-trick buries Polokwane
Posted: 22 January 2016 Time: 19:16
Bidvest Wits returned to the summit of the Absa Premiership with a 5-0 win over Polokwane City at Bidvest Stadium on Friday night.
English striker James Keene – rejected by Kaizer Chiefs – was the hero for the Clever Boys, scoring a ‘perfect’ hat-trick (left foot, head and right foot), while youngster Paseka Sekese and midfielder Ben Motshwari also got their names on the score-sheet after coming off the bench.
Wits almost opened the scoring as early as the second minute, with Thulani Hlatshwayo heading wide from Phumlani Ntshangase’s cross.
The home side only had to wait a further 15 minutes before they claimed the lead, with Keene stealing the ball off Carlington Nyadombo in the penalty area before finishing with his left foot.
Polokwane were twice denied an equaliser in the 25th minute, with goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs first saving from a Jabu Maluleke free-kick before tipping over a close-range shot from Esau Kanyenda.
Just before the half-hour mark the Clever Boys doubled their advantage – Daine Klate provided an inch-perfect cross and an unmarked Keene scored his second with a glancing header.
Klate came close to making it 3-0 within 10 minutes of the restart, but his low drive from the left channel was well saved at his near post by City goalkeeper George Chigova.
Just past the hour-mark Keene completed his hat-trick, taking advantage of some poor defending at a corner kick to sweep the ball home at close range with his right foot.
Wits made it 4-0 with a beautiful team goal in the 79th minute as Keene and Sibusiso Vilakazi combined to give Sekese an easy finish.
Sekese then produced the Miss of the Season before Motshwari scored his team’s fifth in injury-time … Vilakazi again the provider.
HOME: Bidvest Wits
Coach: Gavin Hunt
AWAY: Polokwane City
Coach: Julio Leal