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  • 29 August 2014
  • • 20:00
  • • BidVest Stadium, Johannesburg, GA
  • Referee: T. Ndzandzeka
  • • Attendance: 2000

Wits skipper Sibusiso Vilakazi

Bidvest Wits 3-0 Moroka Swallows: Gebede brace gets Clever Boys' campaign back on track

Wits skipper Sibusiso Vilakazi

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Getaneh Gebede netted a brace to guide Bidvest Wits to a comfortable 3-0 win over Moroka Swallows in an Absa Premiership clash in icy Johannesburg

Coming off back-to-back defeats in the league and MTN8, the Johannesburg outfit bagged their third win of the season, courtesy of Gebede's double, while second half replacement Sameehg Doutie scored his first Premiership goal with a stunning set-piece.

Swallows started well but failed to make their chances count, as Siyabonga Nomvethe put his effort high and wide of the target after he was put through on goal by a delicate touch from Lerato Chabangu.

Wits would not make the same mistake a few moments later as Gebede broke the deadlock in the 18th minute.

Wits' corner caused plenty of problems as the ball bobbled inside the area, falling to Phumlani Ntshangase, who took a shot at goal, only for Gebede to take a touch, spin on the ball and get a shot away, which beat Greg Etafia and flew into the roof of the net.

Despite the goal, the game slumped into a lull as Wits looked content to sit back and defend their advantage. Things were turning from bad to worse for coach Zeca Marques, who was dealt a double injury blow before the end of the first half.

Nomvethe and Lerato Chabangu, two of the top performers so far this season, were both forced from the field and Marques had to make two changes before the whistle blew to bring a disappointing half for Swallows to a close.

Wits had an eye for goal after the interval and before long, Gebede netted his second of the night after a superb cross from out wide found the Ethiopian in a dangerous position.

The attacker nudged his glancing header goalwards and had Etafia at sixes-and-sevens, failing to reach the ball in time as the Clever Boys went two ahead.

The Students were turning on the heat and seven minutes later they put the game out of reach as Doutie netted a fantastic free-kick with a right-footed strike that brought the home crowd to their feet for a third time.