Absa Premiership

Wits top after Dikwena win

Phakamani Mahlambi (Gallo Images)
Phakamani Mahlambi (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Phakamani Mahlambi and Daine Klate were on target to send Bidvest Wits top of the Premiership standings with their 2-0 win over Platinum Stars at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday evening.

Mahlambi broke the deadlock in a cagey affair when he converted in the 58th minute from a Gabadinho Mhango delivery before Klate netted from the penalty spot late on - to consign Stars to their eighth defeat of the season and hand the Clever Boys a well-deserved victory.

The opening quarter was fiercely contested with both sides failing to test the opposition goalkeepers.

Stars looked to have taken the lead after 27 minutes when Bongi Ntuli put the ball in the back of the net, although the celebrations proved to be premature as the linesman had flagged for offsides.

Klate then went close just before the break, with his free-kick going just inches over the bar.

The two teams went into the interval at 0-0, but with plenty of promise of a goal in the second period.

Mabena wasted a glorious chance to give Stars the lead three minutes after the restart, as he somehow managed to put his effort wide after staring at an open goal following a lightning-quick counter.

Mhango again tried his luck with 10 minutes gone in the second-half but once more he was unable to test the goalkeeper as he dragged his shot past the right-hand post.

Just three minutes later and Stars were made to pay for their wastefulness.

Finally, a dour game was brought to life when Mahlambi gave the Clever Boys the lead in the 58th minute after keeper Mzimela could only parry Mhango's effort into the youngster's path.

Bongi Ntuli had a good opportunity for Dikwena in the 77th minute but his shot went narrowly wide of the target.

Sphamandla Mlilo then gave away a penalty for an unfair challenge on Thabang Monare. Wits dead-ball specialist Klate scored from the spot, on 87 minutes, to hand his team a 2-0 lead and secure the three points for the Johannesburg-based side.

The result saw the Students leapfrog Cape Town City and take top spot on the Premiership table.