Wits Stops SuperSport In Extra Time

Bidvest Wits ousted SuperSport United 3-1 in extra time in Wednesday night’s MTN8 quarter-final in Johannesburg.  After nothing could separate the sides over 90 minutes the Clever Boys appeared the fitter and more determined of the sides as they slotted two quick goals in the first half of extra-time, including a stunner from Henrico Botes to progress.  Wits started the game with their two experienced signings, Elias Pelembe and Daine Klate on the flanks.

But it was the right foot of Sibusiso Vilakazi who handed the hosts an early lead with a side-footed finish from a Botes lay-off.  Thereafter, the game slowed down as both teams tried to make the most of their chances.  It seemed to be a tight affair as the first few minutes saw a lot of foul play before Morne Nel, Botes and Michael Boxall went into the referee’s book for unfairly play.

Vilakazi seemed to be a constant threat as he was causing a lot of problems at the back for SuperSport.  It was 1-0 in favor of Gavin Hunt’s side at half-time.  After the break Jeremy Brockie headed home a Dove Wome assist to level matters for Matsatsantsa.

The home side was reduced to 10 men with 12 minutes to go when Thulani Hlatshwayo was shown a second yellow card.  Gordon Igesund’s team was also a man down thanks to two quick yellow cards shown to Kingston Nkhata, the second coming in stoppage time.  There would be no further goalmouth action as parity prevailed at the Bidvest Stadium and an additional half hour was needed.

Extra time was dominated by Hunt’s charges.  First it was Siyabonga Nhlapo who beat the visiting defence down the right hand side before crossing for old United boy Daine Klate to head home beautifully past Ronwen Williams in the 97th minuet.  Four minutes later a powerful swerving shot from outside the box by teh 35-year old Botes left Williams with no chance as the Milpark side ensured victory.

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