Wits in Cup Final

The People’s Team may have started the better of the two teams, but the opening ten minutes, where they excelled, was the best period of the match for them. And to be frankly honest the only chances Santos created on goal were long range shots.

In the fifth minute Tawonga Chimodzi let loose with a powerful low drive from 25-yards out, but Energy Murambadoro produced a good save to deny him.

Three minutes later and Graham King also tried his luck from long range, but he saw his effort sail high over the crossbar.

Following a disastrous ten minutes and some bollocking from Roger De Sa on the side lines, Wits quickly sprang into action and took control of the game with their slick passing and off the ball running.

In the 21st minute Sifiso Myeni almost gave the Students the lead when his 25-yard free-kick beat the defensive wall but struck the crossbar and bounced away from danger.

Two minutes later and an attack down the left saw a good low cross come into the Santos area. Asive Langwe did really well to get in front of his marker at the near post to meet the cross, but his effort went wide from six-yards out.

As expected, Santos sat back in defence and tried to hit on the counter-attack, and there was a rare chance in the game when Jonathan Armogam broke behind the Wits defence in the 28th minute. But he squandered the chance chipping over the goalkeeper and the crossbar in the one-on-one situation.

The second half, though, was all the home team and we only had to wait eight minutes after the restart before Wits took the lead.

After an initial goalmouth scramble inside the Santos area, Ryan Chapman was quickest to react as he powerfully pulled the ball across the face of goal from the right side of the six-yard box which was met by the left foot of Langwe from a couple yards out, 1-0.

Then in the 63rd minute, ten minutes after creating his side’s first goal, some sloppy defending from Santos allowed Chapman to score Wits second goal.

Chapman easily beat a defender inside the box, nut-megging Pere Ariweriayi, to leave himself with just the keeper to beat and the Students’ striker made no mistake burying the ball past Tshepo Motsoeneng from ten yards out, 2-0.

With Wits in firm control of the match after taking a two goal lead, they eased off and were content to go through the paces as Santos hardly threatened in attack.

Substitute Sifiso Vilakazi confirmed the victory for the Students with the games third goal, a well-placed 18-yard shot in the 93rd minute that found the top right-hand corner, 3-0.

Wits and Orlando Pirates will now meet in the final of the Telkom Knockout.