Wits title hopes dented after SSU stalemate

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  • Post published:April 27, 2019

Bidvest Wits suffered a blow in their bid to win the Absa Premiership after playing out to a 1-1 draw with SuperSport United on Saturday evening.

Wits knew that only three points would keep their faint hopes of winning the title alive, while SuperSport were also looking to push for a high finish in the league.

The Clever Boys started the game on the front foot and created the first real chance after just two minutes as Gabadinho Mhango brought a good save out of Ronwen Williams.

SuperSport grew into the game and Bradley Grobler had their first opening in the 12th minute as his header forced Ricardo Goss to tip the ball over the crossbar.

Both teams were trading chances as Monare’s long range effort again forced Williams to be sharp.

Gavin Hunt’s men were asking most of the questions and finally took the lead in the 38th minute as Sifiso Hlanti played in Mhango, whose low save forced Williams into palming the ball, but it fell right in the path of Hlanti for a simple tap-in.

SuperSport, though, found a way back into the game as Clayton Daniels rose highest from a set-piece to head his side level on the stroke of half-time.

1-1 at the break with both sides looking to push on for the three points.

Kaitano Tembo’s men almost went ahead shortly after the restart, but Robyn Johannes was alive to the danger and cleared Modiba’s effort off the line.

SuperSport again threatened in the 59th minute as Evans Rusike went on a brilliant individual run and forced Goss into a save, and Daniels almost double his tally in identical fashion a couple of minutes later.

Matsatsantsa were dealt a big blow when captain Dean Furman was sent off after being booked in the 65th minute for a bad tackle and displaying dissent.

Although SuperSport created the majority of the second-half chances, Wits were the ones denied a winner in the 85th minute under controversial circumstances. Hlanti went on a run to the byline and cut the ball back across goal for substitute Terrence Dzvukamanja. His effort hit the underside of the crossbar, bounced over the line and back out, but it was missed by the match officials, real bad luck for the home side.

1-1 the final score as Wits look to be out of the title race.