Telkom Knockout match report Maritzburg United v Bidvest Wits 03 November 2018
Posted: 3 November 2018 Time: 18:04
Bidvest Wits progressed to the semi-finals of the Telkom Knockout after clinching a 2-1 win over Maritzburg United in the quarter-finals on Saturday night.
Simon Murray almost got the opener for the Clever Boys in the fifth minute after intercepting a poor back pass from Siyanda Xulu, but the Scot struck his effort wide.
Fortune Makaringe had an opportunity to break the deadlock for United in the 25th minute after combining well with Siphesihle Ndlovu just outside the box but he guided his strike wide.
Wits were forced into two substitutions in the 26th and 28th minute following injuries to Thabang Monare and Terrence Dzvukamanja. The two players were replaced by Keegan Ritchie and Elias Pelembe respectively.
The visitors got the breakthrough eight minutes before the break fortuitously as Nazeer Allie netted an own goal trying to clear a shot from Haashim Domingo.
Buhlebuyeza Mkhwanazi doubled the lead for Wits in first-half stoppage time with a glancing header at the near post following a corner, 0-2.
Fadlu Davids’ men showed a sense of urgency ten minutes into the second stanza but the Clever Boys were solid at the back.
Yannick Zakri came close to pulling a goal back for United in the hour-mark with a stinging half-volley from just outside the box that was saved by Wits goalkeeper Darren Keet.
Swazi striker Justice Figuaredo reduced the deficit for the Team of Choice 20 minutes before time with a sweeping strike from inside the box, 1-2.
The Clever Boys were increasingly under pressure in the last five minutes as the hosts were going all out to force the game into extra-time.
The hosts attacked with everything they had in the closing minutes, but Wits were equally resisting to preserve their lead and held on to march into the last four of the tournament.
Maritzburg: Mpandle, Thlone, Xulu, Shandu, Allie, Mekoa, Sanoka, Makaringe, Zakri, Ndlovu, Mokate.
Subs: Ofori, De Reuck, Kunene, Onyango, Figareido, Makgalwa, Fileccia.
Wits: Keet, Hlatshwayo, Johannes, Monare, Murray, Hotto, Hlanti, Mkhwanazi, Alexander, Domingo, Dzvukamanja.
Subs: Mere, Weidlich, Pelembe, Motupa, Ritchie, Macuphu.
HOME: Maritzburg United
Coach: Fadlu Davids
AWAY: Bidvest Wits
Coach: Gavin Hunt