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  • 01 March 2014
  • • 18:00
  • • BidVest Stadium, Johannesburg, GA
  • Referee: R. Smith
  • • Attendance: 7000

Bidvest Wits 3-1 Mamelodi Sundowns: Ngcobo tears Sundowns apart

Bidvest Wits 3-1 Mamelodi Sundowns: Ngcobo tears Sundowns apart

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Sthembiso Ngcobo provided an assist and scored one during Bidvest Wits’ 3-1 win over Mamelodi Sundowns at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday night

Mamelodi Sundowns came into this encounter at the back of a 1-0 defeat to Orlando Pirates last Tuesday, and they were looking to bounce back at the expense of Bidvest Wits.

The Students were on a high following back-to-back victories and it was always going to be difficult for any opposition to break them in their own backyard.

However, Wits were on the back foot just after five minutes, after they failed to deal with Teko Modise’s cross inside their own box, and Dove Wome was in the right place at the right time to make it 1-0.  

Rodney Ramagalela threatened the Wits’ goal as Sundowns looked for their second of the night, but Moeneeb Josephs stood firm, producing several important saves that kept Wits in the game.

The home side then levelled matters through Sthembiso Ngcobo’s 27th minute strike following Tebogo Moerane’s well played cross into the Sundowns’ box.  

Ramagela thought he had restored his side’s lead in the 36th minute, but the assistant referee incorrectly raised his flag for an offside.

Wits were the better side after the restart and their skipper Sibusiso Vilakazi fired from outside the box in the 47th minute, but his shot went wide of Mweene’s goal.

However, it didn’t take long for the Students to take the lead, and it was none other than Matthew Booth who headed home his team’s second of the evening, beating Mweene from close range.

Substitute Anthony Laffor made an immediate impact after replacing Ramagalela in the 55th minute of the game, but his rocket from distance was brilliantly tipped over by Josephs.

Calvin Kadi guided his 65th minute volley home following Ngcobo’s well played cross into the Sundowns’ box, which found him unmarked.

Laffor again tried to beat Josephs with a long range effort but the Wits’ shot-stopper made a fantastic save, punching the ball away for a corner.

Sundowns tried to launch a comeback with Lebohang Mokoena failing to pull one back in stoppage time, but in the end, Ngcobo’s assist and a goal ensured that Gavin Hunt’s men walked away with maximum points.