Maritzburg slip up at Wits

2014-08-21 00:00

STHEMBISO Ngcobo scored a 22nd-minute goal to hand Bidvest Wits their first win on home soil in the new Absa Premiership season, beating Maritzburg United 1-0 in Johannesburg last night.

The diminutive striker showed his mantle as he touched home for the solitary goal, which was enough for Wits, who remain unbeaten after three league games this season.

Wits got off to a shaky start but did well to soak up the pressure from their visitors. A dull first quarter followed and the crowd had to wait until after the 20th minute for the first real action.

Ngcobo made no mistake and proved to be a nuisance at the back for United, who failed to clear a loose ball, which allowed the striker to pounce. Ngcobo stabbed home past goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters, handing Gavin Hunt’s side the lead on 22 minutes, while a bewildered Walters was left fuming.

Wits were having it all their own way as chances fell regularly for the Students.

Ngcobo forced Walters into a solid block on 36 minutes, before the attacker missed out on a third opportunity when he failed to slot home from a sharp delivery into the area.

Tariq Losper was getting in on the action and pushed his header narrowly wide of goal in the stroke of half­time as Wits saw out a dominant first half.

Ngcobo showed glimpses of the kind of form which made him so valuable to Wits, when, just after the interval, he headed narrowly over the bar from a brilliant delivery into the area.

Maritzburg had little in the way of chances throughout the game but had a superb effort go agonisingly close from Ashley Hartog in the 76th minute.

Hartog struck the upright with a venomous effort from outside the area with goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane well beaten for pace and power.

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