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SuperSport United 2-0 Bidvest Wits

SuperSport United dented Bidvest Wits' title aspirations on Saturday night as goals from Teboho Mokoena and Bradley Grobler secured a 2-0 victory at Mbombela Stadium.

The match started at a cautious tempo, with the two teams feeling each other out in the opening 10-minute spell of play.

However, the match would spring to life in the 12th minute as Elias Pelembe skipped past two SuperSport players before unleashing a powerful effort that flew high and wide of goal.

SuperSport responded by creating to two half chances but efforts from Aubrey Modiba and Guily Manziba failed to breach a staunch Wits rearguard.

They were not to be denied in the 33rd minute, though, as Onismor Bhasera made a surging run down the left flank before sending in a perfect cross towards the danger area, where Teboho Mokoena had the simple task of tapping the ball into an unguarded net.

Wits had a strong penalty shout waved away by the referee a few minutes later, but that was the only action of note as SuperSport comfortably saw out the remaining minutes of the first half.

SuperSport came flying out of the traps and very nearly doubled their lead just three minutes in, Clayton Daniels firing narrowly wide from the edge of the box.

The Clever Boys had a great chance to equalise in the 57th minute but SuperSport goalkeeper Ronwen Williams was equal to the task as he got down low to keep out Deon Hotto's goalbound shot.

Williams was again called into action in the 70th minute, producing another top save to deny Hotto's curling free-kick, before keeping out a Kgaogelo Sekgota effort in the 77th minute.

There was a lengthy stoppage as the second half drew to a close, though, after a clash of heads between Siyabonga Nhlapo and Thulani Hlatshwayo, with the latter having to leave the field of play through injury.

And, with Wits boss Gavin Hunt having already made three substitutions, the visitors were forced to play the final minutes with just 10 men on the pitch.

SuperSport showed no mercy, however, as they rubbed further salt in the wounds of the Students with just one minute remaining. Sfiso Hlanti was left holding his head in his hands after giving away a penalty, and Bradley Grobler made no mistake, slotting home the resulting penalty to put the result beyond any doubt.