Wits bounce back to beat Chippa
Bidvest Wits came from behind to beat Chippa United 2-1 at the Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday evening in an Absa Premiership match.
Brent Carelse gave the Cape Town outfit an early lead, but goals by Matthew Pattison and Ryan Chapman ensured that the home side came away with all three points in Johannesburg.
The Chilli Boys took the lead in the ninth minute when an unmarked Carelse controlled inside the box and unlashed a low left footed drive which went into the far post as Wits keeper Ryan Harrison watched it.
Eighth minutes later the home side had the chance to find the equaliser when Matthew Pattison hit a thunderous 35-yard free kick which Chippa keeper Daouda Kassaly nearly made a mess of when he parried the ball back into play, but the defence was alert and cleared for a corner.
In the 24th minute the Clever Boys thought they had equalised when Calvin Kadi put the ball into the back of the net with a curling effort on the edge of the box, but it was ruled out for offside by the match officials.
Eleven minutes later Erwin Isaacs cut inside the left wing and hit a good low drive, but the Chippa keeper was alert and snuffed out the chance with ease. Wits were growing with confidence in the match.
With five minutes remaining in the first half, Wits got the all important equaliser they searching for when Pattison received a ball from the right wing and scored with a deft low touch that beat the Chippa keeper at the far post.
Both teams were unlucky to lose a player to injury in the first half, with Wits striker Calvin Kadi and Chippa defender Tshepo Tomanyane heading to the showers early.
Ten minutes into the second half Wits took the lead when Bongolwethu Jayiya went on a sprint down the right wing and sent in a beautiful cross which Chapman tapped home at the far post beyond the Chippa keeper.
In the 78th minute Chapman could have extended his team’s lead when he broke free in the middle of the park and went on a solo run, but his strike from 20 yards agonisingly went wide of Kassaly’s near post.
The Clever Boys finished with ten men after Siboniso Gumede was sent off in the 90th minute of the match.
Bidvest Wits (1) 2 (Pattison 40’, Chapman 55’)
Chippa United (1) 1 (Carelse 9’)
Bidvest Wits: Harrison; Gumede, Mokoena, Sweswe, Seedat; Nengomasha, Pattison (Sibande 84), Vilakazi, Jayiya (Faty 66’), Isaacs; Kadi (Chapman 28’)
Chippa: Kassaly; Tomanyane (Mvalo 41’), Okwuosa, Mabizela, Gilbert; Twala (Ntshingila 57’), Sali, Ntombayithethi, Zongo (Siwahla 64’), Carelse; Qalanto