Wits opened the scoring early in the first half when Thabang Monare pounced on a rebound in the eight minute. The visitors then scored their second goal in stoppage time in the second half when Cuthbert Malajila finally made sure of the three points.
Wits have the same number of points as Pirates following the Bucs’ goalless draw against FC Cape Town. However, Pirates still top the standings because of a superior goal-scoring record.
Wits were awarded a penalty in the seventh minute of the match when Baroka goalkeeper Masuluke Oscarine brought down Eleazar Rodgers inside the penalty area. Wits winger Daine Klate’s penalty was saved by Oscarine, but Monare was on hand to bury the stray ball into the back of the net.
Oscarine was a very busy man throughout the night. The Baroka goalkeeper came up with a smart save to deny defender Thulani Hlatshwayo in the 21st minute, after the Wits defender latched on to a Elias Pelembe corner. Seven minutes later Osacarine also kept out Rodgers’ attempt from close range.
Baroka had a rare attacking move on the half-hour mark, and Hlatshwayo was forced to concede a foul on Soso Rethabile. Ndivivhuwo Ravhuhali then put a dangerous cross into the Wits box, but Monare managed to clear the ball to safety.
Wits had another top chance before halftime when Klate set up Gabadinho Mhango with a lovely square ball into the penalty area. Oscarine, though, again came to the rescue of his team.
The second half was also one-way traffic, with Wits coming out of the dressing room showing some real intent. Klate shot over the bar in the 56th minute, before Pelembe also missed the target five minutes later.
Rodgers and Pelembe peppered Oscarine’s goal with shots in the 71st and 72nd minutes respectively, but both attackers watched their efforts fly wide of the target. Oscarine then made another diving save to keep out Sifiso Myeni in the 79th minute.
But Wits would eventually get their second goal in the stoppage when Malajila finally managed to get the ball past Oscarine.