PSL : 10 Man Jomo Cosmo beaten by Wits
Goals by Daine Klate, Phakamani Mahlambi and Sibusiso Vilakazi ensured Bidvest Wits go to the top of the Absa Premiership standings beating a 10-man Jomo Cosmos 3-1 at Bidvest Wits Stadium on Sunday.
Klate scored as early as the fourth minute from a set piece as he showed his quality after he was fouled by Thato Lingwati and he converted to grab the lead for the hosts while Charlton Mashumba netted his second in the league for Ezenkosi.
Gavin Hunt’s men went to the tie having one thing in mind, to bag the full three points and move to the summit as they continued from their 4-0 drubbing of Platinum Stars last week, they managed to keep Ezenkosi under pressure after scoring early in the match.
Following the goal by Klate, the match was dominated by fouls. But after 20 minutes of action, the Students delivered a great cross by Nhlapo into the box but Sherwyn Naicker was quick to come out and cleared the ball.
Seven minutes later, Jomo Sono’s men were dealt a huge blow when Thato Lingwati received his marching orders when he unfairly challenged Mahlambi for a second bookable offence.
In the 43rd minute, Pentjie Zulu managed to break free and took a shot at goal to find an equaliser but Moeneeb Josephs was alert and collected easily.
The first stanza ended with the hosts enjoying a slender lead through Klate’s set piece and after recess, the Students ran riot netting two goals to seal the game.
With just four minutes into the second stanza, Mahlambi netted with a clean right foot finish following an assist by Nhlapo ensuring the visitors find it hard to bounce back in the game.
Despite making attempts to penetrate the visitors defence, it was the Students who grabbed another goal when Vilakazi received a sweet pass from Mahlambi to make it 3-0 in the 55th minute.
With 13 minutes to wrap the encounter, substitute Bamuza Sono tried a shot at goal aiming to beat Josephs but it sailed over the posts.
However, against the run of play, Mashumba netted for the visitors when he finished with a left foot finish with nine minutes to go but it was not enough as the Braamfontein-based outfit emerged victorious.
In the dying minutes, Dillon Sheppard was red carded for handling the ball but following the win, the Students move to the top of the log standings with 23 points demoting Mamelodi Sundowns to the second spot while Ezenkosi are placed 14th with seven points.
Bidvest Wits (1) 3 (Klate 4’, Mahlambi 49’, Vilakazi 55’)
Jomo Cosmos (0) 1 (Mashumba 81’)
BIDVEST WITS: Josephs, Hlatshwayo, Allie, Klate, Vilakazi, Pelembe (Ngcepe 81’), Faty, Nhlapo, Shongwe (Sheppard 73’), Bhasera, Mahlambi (Lupeta 64’)
JOMO COSMOS: Naicker, Mngomezulu, Nsabiyumva, Zulu, Sithole, Monare, Mntambo (B. Sono 58’), Lingwati, Makobela (Madolo 16’), Aka (Mukamba 64’) , Mashumba
Source : PSL