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Wits lose, Sundowns held

11/05/2017 00:00:00
by Supersport
 
 
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BIDVEST Wits remain top of the Absa Premiership after a half-round of matches played in midweek, though the Johannesburg side owe a debt of gratitude to Baroka FC for their fighting performance against Mamelodi Sundowns.

Free State Stars proved to be the Clever Boys’ nemesis again, as Serame Letsoaka’s side claimed a surprise 3-1 win over the league leaders at Goble Park thanks to goals from Makhehlene Makhaula, Mohammed Anas and Sinethemba Jantjie.

With Mamelodi Sundowns leading Baroka FC 2-1 in a concurrent match, it looked as if there would be a change at the top of the table. However, deep in injury time, the relegation-threatened side won a penalty. Richard Matloga converted for the game to end 2-2.

As a result, the Brazilians remain two points behind leaders Wits with just two rounds of the season remaining. Gavin Hunt’s side suffered a psychological blow, but their championship hopes are still in their own hands.

Wednesday’s other two matches were goalless draws, with Maritzburg United and Platinum Stars cancelling each other out at the Harry Gwala Stadium, while Bloemfontein Celtic held Orlando Pirates to a stalemate at Dr Molemela Stadium.

Tuesday’s only game was a cracker at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, with SuperSport United putting themselves in fourth place with a 4-2 win over Cape Town City. Goals from Thabo Mnyamane, Clayton Daniels, Jeremie Brockie and Thuso Phala effectively ended the Citizens’ slim hopes of finishing atop the league.

The Absa Premiership will wrap up round 28 with four matches this coming weekend, with the final two sets of matches scheduled for May 17 and 27.

Absa Premiership midweek results

Tuesday, 9 May

SuperSport United 4-2 Cape Town City

Wednesday, 10 May

Bloemfontein Celtic 0-0 Orlando Pirates

Mamelodi Sundowns 2-2 Baroka FC

Free State Stars 3-1 Bidvest Wits

Maritzburg United 0-0 Platinum Stars






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