Wits thrash hapless Thanda

Thanda were doomed from the outset as their frail defence collapsed, and their problems were made worse by a young, inexperienced and ineffective goalkeeper who struggled to organise his defence, especially when it came to set-pieces.

The Students, on the other hand, couldn’t have asked for a better first half, scoring five unanswered goals to leave coach Roger Palmgren and his side flabbergasted going into the break.

Wits were on the scoreboard as early as the third minute courtesy of a headed goal by centreback Justin Miller, his first for the club. The goal came thanks to miscommunication between the defence and the goalie, who allowed Miller a free header from a deep free-kick.

Twelve minutes later and Miller split the Thanda defence with an intelligent through-ball to Tebogo Langerman on the left wing, who drove a low cross across the face of goal. Mandlenkosi Tsengwa tried to cut the ball out, but missed it completely, leaving an empty net for Samuel Ramosue to stroke the ball into.

Things went from bad to worse as Thanda conceded another three goals in the half – and the result of poor defence or a mishap by Tsengwa.

Kadi scored the Clever Boys’ third goal in the 22nd minute after he turned beautifully to finish expertly from 10 yards out.

Wits put the game beyond doubt as Langerman snatched a brace in the final six minutes of the half. His first was a beauty as he chipped the stranded Tsengwa after one of his defenders gave the ball away; the second the result of the keeper spilling a cross straight into his path.

Thanda started the second half with a mountain to climb and if there was any chance of a comeback, Palmgren would have to implement some changes, and he did so by introducing Clifford Mulenga, who is currently on loan to Thanda from Wits.

Mulenga made his impact felt in the 63rd minute when he pulled one back for his side after an expert finish from just inside the box, drilling the ball past the Energy Murambadoro.

Nkosinathi Nhleko restored what little pride he could when he grabbed Thanda’s second goal in the 75th minute after latching onto a beautiful through-ball and finishing superbly.

Tsengwa was certainly much better in the second half, pulling off some of the best saves this season, but unfortunately he couldn’t deny Byron Hendricks his side’s sixth goal when he snuck in front of the defence to touch home a corner-kick.