Three Players Sent Off As Champions Wits Advance In MTN8
MTN8 Report: Bidvest Wits v Golden Arrows 11 August 2017
Teams: Bidvest Wits 2 (4) - (3) 2 Golden Arrows
Date: 11 August 2017
Venue: Bidvest Stadium
Three players and two coaches were sent off, as Bidvest Wits defeated Golden Arrows 4-3 on penalties to advance to the semi-finals of the MTN8.
Wits got off to an encouraging start and nearly went ahead after just four minutes when Thulani Hlatshwayo's header was cleared off the line.
However, it was Arrows who broke the deadlock in the 11th minute Lerato Lamola peeled off his marker and headed home at the far post.
Wits were then reduced to 10 men in the 21st minute when debutant Slavko Damjanovic was shown a straight red card for a dangerous challenge on Siphelele Magubane, who suffered an injury in the process.
Arrows took advantage of the numbers game and doubled the lead four minutes later as Kudakwashe Mahachi turned home Wayde Jooste's cross, 0-2.
A minuter later, Wits were awarded a penalty when Maliele Pule was brought down. James Keene stepped up and converted the spot-kick.
The home side continued to push for an equaliser and their task was made a bit easier when Arrows were reduced to 10 men just before the break when Danny Phiri received his second yellow card of the game.
After a quiet start to the half, Wits nearly leveled matters in the 59th minute when Daylon Claasen played in Pule, who was denied by Arrows goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede.
Wits were not to be denied two minutes later when Reeve Frosler pounced on Nonyane's error and lifted the ball into the six-yard box, where Keene was on hand to tap home, 2-2.
Gavin Hunt opted for a change in the 75th minute as the influential Pule made way for Gabadinho Mhango, while Steven Pienaar was introduced in the 82nd minute.
Wits thought they had the winning goal late in the second half, but Frosler's goal was ruled out due to a foul on Gumede as the game was forced into extra-time.
Chances were hard to come by in extra time, although both sides were forced to finish the final half without their coaches, as Hunt and Arrows' Clinton Larsen and Mandla Ncikazi were sent to the stands.
Arrows were then reduced to nine men in the 107th minute when Siyabonga Dube was shown a straight red card for a headbutt on Mhango.
Nevertheless, the score remained 2-2 at the end of extra-time, forcing the clash into a penalty shoot-out, where Wits held their nerve to triumph 4-3.
Here's how they lined up:
Wits: Josephs, Frosler, Hlatswayo, Damjanovic, Scott (Khumalo 23'), Monare, Pelembe, Pule (Mhango 76'), Hlanti, Claasen (Pienaar 84'), Keene.
Arrows: Gumede, Dube, Mngwenge, Mzava, Nonyane, Cele, Phiri, Jooste (Bilankulu 46'), Mahachi, Magubane (Sibiya 23), Lamola (Mutizwa 93')