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Bidvest blast past Stars in season opener

Bidvest Wits secured a 3-0 victory over Free State Stars when the sides clashed at the Bidvest Stadium in their season opener in the Absa Premiership. The Clever Boys side featured six debutants on the pitch and four on the bench, and they looked hungry for a positive result.

The hosts started well, with Cole Alexander

looking to make an early impact, his shot from range, however, flew over the bar from range.

Wits looked fluid and well organised, testing Stars at the back.

Captain Thulani Hlatshwayo was on hand to convert for Gavin Hunt’s men, tapping in at the far post after a good piece of build-up play from the midfield and out wide.

Stars looked to bounce back almost immediately, an almost costly mistake at the back saw a header fall into the path of Goodman Dlamini who curled an effort at goal but struck the upright.

Debutant Xolani Macuphu doubled Wits’ lead on the half-hour mark, a header after a wonderful set piece delivery by another debutant, Deon Hotto.

The sides went into the break with The Clever Boys leading by two goals and not looking troubled by the visitors.

Macuphu had a great chance to bag a brace early in the second half when he connected with a Sifiso Hlanti cross that was whipped across the face of goal, this time the striker was unable to direct his effort on target.

Stars continued to struggle in the midfield, looking to play on the break with balls over the top of the Bidvest Wits defence.

Stars managed to managed to create a moment of concern for Wits, but Darren Keet was on hand to deny Sinethemba Jantjie from an acute angle.

The hosts sealed the deal when Deon Hotto cooly finished off a wonderful team goal, started by a good kick from Keet.

The win sees Bidvest Wits move top of the log for the moment, but more importantly sets a tone that fans and team alike will be looking forward to replicating for the 2018/2019 Absa Premiership season ahead.

 

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