An opening goal from Surprise Moriri and a first half brace from Katlego Mphela handed Mamelodi Sundowns a nail-biting 3-2 win over BidVest Wits in an Absa Premiership match played at the Mbombela stadium on Tuesday night.
As the cliché goes, it was certainly a game of two halves, but a blistering 16 minute period in the first half, which saw the Brazilians scoring three goals, was enough to hand the Tshwane side the victory.
The home team, though, only have themselves to blame as their defensive marking in the first half was bitterly poor.
Wits, nonetheless despite finding themselves three goals behind, did produced a rousing second half, but it was too little too late as the Students only managed to score two goals in their comeback which fell bitterly short for Roger De Sa’s men.
The game started at a frantic pace and it was clear from the opening whistle that this was going to be a game with a number of goal mouth chances.
The football was fast and exciting, and the fans only had to wait 13 minutes before Moriri scored the game’s first goal.
It came from a corner-kick which was whipped into the box by Lebohang Mokoena and Moriri rose highest to powerfully head home from 12-yards out, 1-0.
In the 25th minute Bafana Bafana striker Katlego Mphela doubled his side’s lead with another headed goal.
Teko Modise was the provider this time with an accurate cross into the box which found Mphela unmarked and he made no mistake heading the ball into the bottom left corner of the net, 2-0.
Three minutes later and Mphela found his second goal of the game and his side’s third when he scored in emphatic fashion with a well-worked free-kick on the edge of the 18-yard area, firing the ball low into the right corner of the goal, 3-0.
The rest of the half saw Sundowns taking their foot of the pedal as they coasted into the half time break. For Wits, they would have to make some drastic changes at the break if they were going to turn the game around.
The second half, though, saw the Clever Boys a renewed side as they had the lion’s share of possession in the second 45 and consequently managed to find two goals.
First, in the 63rd minute former ‘Downs player, Mbulelo Mabizela found Wits’ first goal when he latched onto a Sifiso Myeni cross and impressively headed the ball home, 3-1.
Seven minutes later and Subisiso Vilakazi found Wits’ second goal after a well-worked passing move found him in some space six-yards out from goal and me made no mistake with a clinical finish, 3-2.
After that Wits continued to press forward, but couldn’t find the equalising goal s Sundowns managed to hold onto the lead and pick up all three points.
BidVest Wits (0) 2 (Mabizela 63’, Vilakazi 70’)
Mamelodi Sundowns (3) 3 (Moriri 13’, Mphela 25’ + 29’)
Wits: Murambadoro, Phungwayo, Mabizela, Spencer, Gumede, Rodrigues (Vilakazi 46’), Myeni, Sb Vilakazi (Chapman 77’), Timms, Ritson (Fredericks 46’), Jayiya
Sundowns: Sandilands, Mphahlele, Masenamela, Xulu, Mdledle, Kekana (Okpako 60’), L Mokoena (Cale 67’), Modise, Moriri, Khenyeza, Mphela (Nyatama 83’)
Meanwhile Jomo Cosmos and AmaZulu battled for a goalless draw at the Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton last night.-Backpagepix