PSL : Cape Town City hold on for Victory against PSL Defending Champions, Bidvest Wits
Cape Town City continued with their winning ways against PSL Defending Champions Bidvest Wits at the Bidvest Stadium on Friday evening.
The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season started with a shocker as the defending champions Bidvest Wits were humbled 0-1 by Cape Town City courtesy of Lehlohonolo Majoro’s goal.
On a every cold Friday evening and on a pitch that didn’t allow carpet football, The Citizens had to defend with everything to see the game through and emerge winners
Bidvest Wits dominated the entire game and were very unlucky to score or win the game.
Benni McCarthy managed to guide his side to collect his first PSL three points and proved once again that you don’t have to play pretty football to win games but one needs to convert their chance.
Gavin Hunt the Bidvest Wits Coach was in the stands as he started serving his match suspension after been red carded in the MTN 8 quarterfinal against Golden Arrows
It was the hosts who got off the block flying launching attack after attacks, Pelembe and Pule were in their elements causing issues for the Citizen defenders
Edmilson and Gumede had a terrible shift as they was caught napping a few times as Bidvest Wits didn’t allow Cape Town City time on the ball.
Midfielder Thabang Monare should have scored for the defending Champions miscued effort wide of goal.
Lehlohonolo Majoro quite literally converting the visitors only chance of the game – vitally it proved to be worth all three points.
James Keene thought he scored in the eighth minute of the game but the assistant ref raised the flag for offside
The Clever Boys continued to dominate proceedings with the high pressing game keeping Cape Town City on the backfoot and firmly pinned in their own half
Man of the match Walter was called to make great save from Vincent Pule powerful shot.
Wits were back knocking this time through Monare who goal bound should was blocked by Robyn Johannes to the shout wide of goal.
Walters was at it again when he had to full stretch himself denying Pelembe after the attacker launched rocket that was bound for the top corner
Former Chiefs and Orlando Striker Lehlohonolo Majoro has not been on form of late, he was subjected to boo’s last weekend against Polokwane City
The Citizen got a free kick outside the box, the 2016/17 Player of the season and top goal scorer Lebogang Manyama delivered a perfect ball, Majoro connected well with it to score the PSL 2017/18 first goal of the season.
The game went into the break with the Citizen leading the champions 1-0.
Bidvest Wits continued their dominance following the break and introduced Mhango for Pule in view of attacking more and finding an equalizer.
Bidvest Wits scored through Bongani Khumalo but again the assistant’s flag denied the hosts.
Mhango had the better Edmilson on the flank and he was a handful,
The Clever Boys should have equalized after their were award a penalty. Mhango got fouled inside the area by Tshepo Gumede after a great run from outside the box.
Mhango dusted himself off to kick the penalty but Walters was to have none of it as he saved it, Mhango also missed his penalty against Golden Arrows in the MTN 8 penalty shoot out.
Mhango beat three defenders to off load the ball to Keene, who missed the target
The Clever Boys introduced Pienaar and Klate in search for a goal but it never came.
The Citizen nearly increased their lead on a counter attack, but Lakay shot was saved by Joseph
Bidvest Wits (0) 0
Cape Town City (1) 0 (Majoro 41′)
Bidvest Wits: Josephs; Khumalo, Hlatshwayo, Scott (Pienaar 64′) – Hlanti, Monare, Claasen, Frosler – Pelembe, Pule (Mhango 46′), Keene (Klate 75′)
Cape Town City: Walters; Dove (Seedat 77′), Gumede, Johannes, Mkhize – Putsche, Nodada, Matsi – Manyama (Fielies 87′), Masina, Majoro (Lakay 77′)