It was a feast of goals as Mamelodi Sundowns FC secured their first three points of the season against Bidvest Wits FC at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, on Saturday afternoon.
Bidvest Wits came close to opening the score line when Nhlapho’s square pass which found Klate’s header only to be cleared off the line by skipper Mphahlele as he kept the score line even. But it was all destined to change only three minutes after that, when Malajila managed manage to slot home the opener after some fancy foot work by Billiat down the middle.
The match went into the first half with Mamelodi Sundowns FC in the lead by 1-0, after Bidvest Wits found themselves needing to make a forced substitution on Thulani Hlatswayo who limped off with what looked like an injury to the groin in a collision with Cuthbert Malajila during added time.
The second half started with Bidvest Wits putting enormous pressure on Masandawana as they searched for the second goal; and they were duly rewarded when Klate got on the end of a cross to find the equaliser in the 62nd min.
However, the absence of Tyson’s leadership which proved an Achille’s heal for Bidvest Wits in defense; such was the lack of defensive organisation to manage the Mamelodi Sundowns FC attack allowing Malajila to force the ball into the next as he struggled to stay on his feet while being tackled by both keeper and defender to make it 2-1 in the 78th min. Then 10 minutes later Kekana did well to win the ball in the air releasing Billiat who was left one-on-one with Josephs and made no mistake by making it 3-1.
Laffour who came on for Dooley flicked the ball over Mkwanazi to eliminate him before expertly cutting it back to lay it on for Modise who took a curler from the edge of the box and put it beyond reach for Josephs as he made it 4-1.
But it was the tenacious spirit of the most decorated player in PSL history as he neatly finished off a well worked consolation goal in the 94th min. Daine Klate halved the deficit as the full time score went down 4-2, as he combined with Pelembe in the dying minutes of the game.
Bidvest Wits FC coach Gavin Hunt said that he felt there was only one team in the match and that was his. He also said “the score line was not a good reflection the game, and if we continue to play like that, we can’t lose many matches.”
The winning coach Pitso Mosimane, said that he was mostly concerned with the physicality of Bidvest Wits and in dealing with that he had to use pace, and speed helped them. He said that “he told the players that if you want to win the championship, you have to win games like this.”
Curtbeth Malajila was named Man of the Match, while Bidvest Wits announced on the twitter that Thulani Hlatswayo had an injury to the groin the severity of which will only be know after the scans are done.
Mamelodi Sundowns FC take on MP Black Aces away on Tuesday night, while Bidvest Wits FC are at home to Maritzburg United on Wednesday night in their next Absa Premiership encounters.