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University of Pretoria 1-2 Wits


Wits: Hugs all round

Wits: Hugs all round

Bidvest Wits edged the University of Pretoria 2-1 in their PSL clash at the Tuks Stadium on Wednesday evening.


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Sibusiso Vilakazi opened the scoring for the Clever Boys after 36 minutes but Tuks' response was swift as Aubrey Ngoma netted an equaliser just four minutes later.

However, Papy Faty restored his side's lead with a 75th minute effort.

The result sees Wits move from fifth to fourth on 40 points while Tuks dropped a place to ninth, on 36 points.

Neither side was particularly adventurous in the opening exchanges with the first real chance of the match arriving in the 27th minute as Lionel Mutizwa smashed a volley on target, however, Andre Arendse - who was forced to play as a result of a goalkeeper crises at the club - was equal to the effort.

Having limited Tuks to possession in the wrong areas of the field, the Clever Boys grew in confidence and went in search for an opener.

And with just nine first-half minutes remaining, Wits took the lead as Vilakazi slotted home from close-range after Calvin Kadi's initial attempt was palmed away by Tuks goalkeeper Washington Arubi.

The hosts hit back almost immediately though as Ngoma found the target from a superbly executed free-kick.

Mame Niang had been upended on the edge of the area by Langu Sweswe with Ngoma gleefully accepting the chance to place the ball beyond the 45-year-old Wits goalkeeper coach.

Wits came out strongly in the second half though with Vilakazi putting the ball into the back of the net for the second time, only to see it ruled out for offside.

But a second goal was on the cards for Wits, with Faty finishing off a counter-attack with a first-time effort from a Vilakazi centre following the player's gut-busting run down the left flank.

Posted: 01/05/13 20:33

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