Clever Boys too sharp for Arrows
Posted: 4 April 2009 Time: 17:50
Bidvest Wits broke a six-match winless streak in away games when they beat Golden Arrows 3-2 in an Absa Premiership match at Chatsworth Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Wits, who last won on the road in the top flight back in December last year, surged into a 2-0 lead thanks to strikes either side of half time from Tebogo Langerman and Calvin Kadi.
Arrows staged a remarkable fightback to bring the game level at 2-2 with goals from Rodgers Kola and Richard Henyekane, but Wits defender Ashraf Hendricks popped up with a late winner to hand his side all three points.
The Clever Boys started brightly, using the pace of strikers Kadi and Langerman to good effect. Kadi found himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Thulasizwe Khuzwayo in the seventh minute but defender Siyabonga Sangweni recovered to make a crucial last-gasp tackle.
Arrows first threatened through some skilful play by Thokozani Mshengu in the 23rd minute, with the right winger cutting in off his flank and unleashing a powerful left-footed shot that flashed wide of Darren Keet’s right-hand post.
Just over ten minutes later Wits replied with a good chance of their own after a swift passing movement, but Kadi drove his angled attempt well over the crossbar.
On 43 minutes the Johannesburg team broke the deadlock through Langerman, who stabbed home from close range. The forward pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area after Sifiso Myeni had struck the woodwork with a crisp shot.
Roger De Sa’s team doubled their lead mere seconds into the second half, with Kadi scoring an absolute beauty from long range that clipped the underside of the crossbar on its way to rippling the back of Khuzwayo’s net.
Arrows almost halved the deficit on 53 minutes when a sharp turn and shot on the edge of the box from Rodgers Kola saw the ball fly just over the crossbar, with Keet still rooted to the spot.
Three minutes later the Wits ‘keeper was beaten again, but this time Ntlantla Zothwane’s looping header came back off the crossbar and no Arrows player was able to capitalise on the rebound.
Papi Zothwane made his long awaited return just past the hour mark when he came on as a substitute, but the former Bafana Bafana player didn’t quite look up to speed and had little effect on proceedings -- quite understandable considering his lengthy absence from the game.
Wits seemed to be well in control of the game, but with 20 minutes to play Kola pulled one back for Abafana Bes’thende, easily beating Keet with a header at the far post after some poor marking by the visitors.
And in the 74th minute Richard Henyekane earned and then converted a penalty to bring up his 15th Absa Premiership goal of the season and put his side back on level terms.
But if Arrows thought that their newfound momentum would carry them to a third and winning goal, they were very much mistaken. Wits’ Ashraf Hendricks rose highest to get on the end of Justin Miller’s long throw-in in the 82nd minute and head the Clever Boys back into the ascendancy.