Wits deny Chilli Boys maximum points
Bidvest Wits scored a last minute goal to secure a 1-1 draw with Chippa United at the Athlone Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Despite the stifling heat, well over 30 degrees, the action was fast paced and went from end to end early on.
Mbulelo Mabizela headed wide from a corner early on for the visitors, while at the other end, Wits keeper Steven Hoffman did well to keep out low 25-yard strikes from both Cole Alexander and Andile Mbenyane.
It was, though, the Cape side who were posing more questions when pushing forward and they went in front after 30 minutes when Vuyisile Ntombayithethi stole in unmarked to head home Diego Brown’s testing free kick.
Two minutes later and Brown was again the provider, but this time Gift Sithole could not convert at the far post.
At the other end, Kassaly Daoda was twice called into action in the home goal, doing very well to keep Sibusiso Vilakazi from scoring on each occasion, the first chance seeing the Wits player’s volley clawed off the line.
But Chippa could have added a second goal after 40 minutes if Mbenyane had been more accurate with a header from Brown’s cross.
The heat appeared to catch up with the players after the break as the action failed to ignite around either goal box.
Indeed neither keeper was overly tested as chances on goal remained scarce.
The Chilli Boys were then to see their hopes of a first PSL win go up in smoke as former Santos striker Erwin Isaacs’ sweetly struck shot from 14-yards out on the left smashed into the net in the 89th minute, following a corner kick.
There was almost a late winner for the Cape side, but Hoffman rescued his side as he reacted sharply to William Twala’s deflected shot and then nicked the ball away from the onrushing Ngebo.
Chippa United (1) 1 (Ntombayithethi 31’)
Bidvest Wits (0) 1 (Isaacs 89’)
Chippa: Kassaly, Moonsamy, Mvalo, Sithole, Matomane, Ntombayithethi (Cohen 60’), Brown (Twala 70’), Alexander (Shumana 54’), Mbenyane, Carelse, Ngebo
Wits: Hoffman, Moon, Mabizela, Mokoena, Mayinga, Faty, Nengomasha, Pattison, Vilakazi (Isaacs 46’), Kadi , Fanteni (Koapeng 61’)
ABSA PSL 2012-2013 Chippa Utd(1)Vs(1)Bidvest Wits
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