GOALS by Alje Schut and Katlego Mphela, on either end of the break, were enough for Mamelodi Sundowns to beat Bidvest Wits 2-0 at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday night to see the Brazilians secure their second consecutive Absa Premiership victory.
After stretching their unbeaten run to five games, Mamelodi Sundowns were hoping that their renewed form under Pitso Mosimane would extend to a win against Bidvest Wits.
The opening 15 minutes past by with little action in front of goal, with the exception of Ryan Harrison having to pull off an impressive reflex save from a Tebogo Langerman strike.
Matthew Pattison nearly put his former club a goal behind when he shot at goal in the 19th minute, but his effort went narrowly past the far post.
A goal did arrive, on the other end of the field, when Alje Schut did well to rise above his markers and header in an impressive strike off a 22nd minute corner-kick.
The hosts were left breathing a sigh of relief when Oftense Nato saved their blushes when he cleared the ball off the line from a chipped ball into the box.
Ten minutes before the break, Nyasha Mushekwi was chasing down a goal effort, but Harrison did well to rush off his line and slow down the attack, resulting in Oftense clearing the effort.
Antonio Habbas opted for change at the start of the second half by bringing on Mzikayise Mashaba in place of James Mayinga.
Sundown’s suffered an early blow, just five minutes later, when their goalscorer couldn’t continue playing and he was replaced by Wayne Arendse due to injury.
The game seemed to have been ‘killed’ off when Katlego Mphela doubled their lead in the 67th minute.
The Clever Boys weren’t too sharp on their possession, when they gave it away in the middle of the park, which allowed for the substitute Richard Henyekane to slice a ball to Mphela, who made no error in slotting it past the onrushing goalkeeper.
Henyekane tried to turn goalscorer when he flung in an effort at goal, but it was an ambitious strike which sailed over the crossbar with just eight minutes remaining as the game ended 2-0.
Bidvest Wits: (0) 0
Mamelodi Sundowns: (1) 2 (Schut 22’, Mphela 67’)
Bidvest Wits: Harrison, Gumede, Pattison (Fanteni 87’), Nengomasha, Kadi, Vilakazi, Sweswe, Seedat, Nato, Mayinga (Mashaba 45’), Chapman (Jayiya 70’)
Sundowns:Sandilands, Langerman, Nyandoro, Mabaso, Schut (Arendse 50’), Zwane (Kekana 71’), Mushekwi (Henyekane 59’), Mphela, Laffor, Pelembe, Mwanjale.
In the other matches played yesterday Kaizer Chiefs were held to a 1-1 draw by rookies, University of Pretoria with Chippa United and AmaZulu also settling for a draw while Black Leopards suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Free State Stars.