Maritzburg’s Bester and Sibisi end students’ unbeaten run

2010-12-23 00:00

IT was the worst possible result for BidVest Wits before the Christmas break as they saw their unbeaten run at home ended by a Diyo Sibisi goal six minutes from time.

Maritzburg ended up winning the Absa Premiership match played at the Mbombela stadium last night 2-1.

The home side struggled in the opening stages of the match as they were unable to find any passing rhythm. The visiting side, on the other hand, made their intentions clear early on and were on the attack from the first whistle

United’s first attempt on goal came in the sixth minute when John Arwuah let fly with a powerful shot from roughly 25-yards out, but the Students’ keeper, Darren Keet, was alert to the danger and made a fine save diving to his right to tip the effort around the post.

Thereafter, both sides struggled to create chances in front of goal because of poor passes in the final third of the field. That was until the 32nd minute when Nyiko Tshabangu should have given Wits the lead.

A good passing movement saw Tshabangu with the ball unmarked and 12-yards out from goal, but his shot lacked power and Shu-Aib Walters made a comfortable save.

The second half saw Wits come out firing and almost took the lead four minutes into the half. Sifiso Myeni pulled the best out of Walters when he tested him with a venomous shot from the edge of the 18-yard box.

It was a chance Myeni would regret missing when his side went behind in the 67th minute. Rudolph Bester picked up the ball for Maritzburg in the middle of the park and drove towards the Wits goal before letting fly with the 1-0 shot.

Then, in the 75th minute Roger de Sa made an inspired substitution when he threw on Letsie Koapeng. As soon as Koapeng stepped on the field he made the world of difference and after only being on for four minutes he levelled matters for his team.

Another substitute, Enrico Adolph, set up the goal after some good work down the flank before he provided an inch perfect pass for Koapeng who was standing six-yards out from goal.

The Wits player made no mistake with a clinical finish to level the scores, 1-1.

And just as Wits looked to have consolidated their unbeaten run at home, Diyo Sibisi restored Maritzburg’s lead six minutes from time with a well placed header, 2-1.

That is the way the match ended as United picked up the three points and Wits saw their unbeaten run at home come to an end.

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