Amos Ngcobo's late second half penalty separated Bidvest Wits and SuperSport United as the Clever Boys walked away 1-0 winners at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday evening
The penalty was one of the few shots either side enjoyed on target, but it was enough to break United hearts, setting up Wits' first win of the new Absa Premiership season.
Both contenders for the top four finish, Wits put up their hand and dealt a psychological blow as Matsatsantsa continued their poor early-season form.
SuperSport started the brighter of the two and used Bradley Grobler to good effect, as the experienced striker paid regular visits to the Wits area, but couldn’t find the final touch.
A thoroughly disappointing opening half came to an end without anyone looking like scoring, while both goalkeepers looked on from afar and were mere spectators in the first 45.
United should have taken the lead on 50 minutes when Grobler missed a sitter from dead in front. The attacker, however, botched his tap-in, after good work on the wing from Lebogang Manyama, as coach Cavin Johnson looked on in astonishment.
At last, with 20 minutes left to play, the game saw its first real action when a sloppy tackle from Michael Morton resulted in a penalty, after Sibusiso Vilakazi was brought to ground and the spot kick was awarded.
Ngcobo was the man entrusted with the penalty, and he made no mistake, handing the Clever Boys the lead late in the game with a well-taken kick from the spot.
SuperSport had too much ground to cover after the goal and had no answers as Wits dominated the rest of the encounter and gave little away, guarding their lead.
At the other end, meanwhile, Jackson Mabokgwane put in a display worthy of a Man-of-the-match award and on numerous occasions denied SuperSport an equaliser.
Sibusiso Khumalo thought he had done enough to grab the levelling goal for the home side, but Mabokgwane was on hand and thwarted the SuperSport man, keeping his side's 1-0 advantage intact.