United fail to keep momentum

2013-03-07 00:00

BIDVEST Wits came from a goal down to win 2-1 at home in an Absa Premiership match against Maritzburg United.

Mario Booysen scored to give the visitors the lead, but an Asive Langwe goal followed by a winner by Ryan Chapman three minutes from the final whistle saw the Clever Boys prevail at the Bidvest Stadium last night.

Wits had their first chance of the match inside the tenth minute. Sibusiso Vilakazi’s volley on the edge of the box on the right flank narrowly went wide of the target as it hit the side net with Maritzburg keeper Shu-Aib Walters well beaten.

Two minutes later Ryan Chapman wasted what at that point should have been the match’s opening goal when he was presented with a one-on-one opportunity with the keeper, but shot wide.

Wits were in control of the match, but were brought down to earth when they conceded in the 14th minute. Dillon Sheppard sent in an in-swinging left-footed corner kick cross which was headed home at the near post by Booysen.

In the 25th minute Papy Faty fluffed a golden opportunity when he missed the target from six-yards in the middle of the box with the head after connecting well with Matthew Pattison’s corner kick. Two minutes later a nice interchange of passes between Vilakazi and Langwe that eliminated the Maritzburg defenders allowed Chapman the freedom to shoot from just inside the box, but the former Santos striker’s effort was parried away by Walters.

The Clever Boys found the all important equaliser in the 38th minute. Pattison picked out Mzikayise Mashaba on the left wing and he sent in a cross to the far post, which Langwe headed home to make it 1-1.

Faty had another chance to score when in the 51st minute his shot made the ball collide with the post with Walters certainly beaten. Three minutes later Walters was again tested when Pattison’s dipping shot from 30-yards agonisingly went over.

In the 87th minute Chapman scored the winner. He picked up the ball just outside the box, turned and looked up before hitting a screamer of a shot that flew into the corner of the net.

Also last night, AmaZulu recorded back-to-back victories in the Premiership when they beat Platinum Stars 1-0 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Njabulo Manqana scored the only goal of the match in added time to help Usuthu secure a much-needed home win.

Kaizer Motaung Jnr scored his first goal in more than a year as Kaizer Chiefs defeated 10-man Chippa United 2-0 at Athlone Stadium also yesterday to extend their lead at the top of the Absa Premiership.

With a massive clash against Soweto rivals and fellow title contenders Orlando Pirates looming on the weekend, this win will have come as a great relief to coach Stuart Baxter and the Amakhosi faithful.

In another heated PSL clash last night, A late Vuyani Ntanga goal in additional time rescued a point for Bloem­fontein Celtic as they drew 1-1 with Pirates in their Premiership match at Orlando Stadium.

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