In a very entertaining evening’s action between the league’s top-ranked sides, Gavin Hunt’s team held onto their lead for more than 65 minutes thanks to some committed defending before a headed goal from Tshepo Gumede earned the hosts a share of the spoils.
The Students were given the chance to take an early lead when a clumsy challenge by Thamsanqa Mkhize on Phakamani Mahlambi saw referee Victor Gomes pointing to the spot. Mahlambi picked himself up to take the penalty and after an elaborate run-up, sent home keeper Shu-aib Walters the wrong way, the visitors ahead on five minutes.
The Cape team came storming back looking for an equaliser, but found openings difficult to come by against a focussed Wits defence.
With Wits more than happy to sit on their lead, there were three chances for the hosts in quick succession on the half hour mark, but Mkhize sent a header into the side-netting before Sibusiso Masina had a header saved by Darren Keet and Judas Moseamedi missed with yet another headed effort.
More opportunities followed just before half time as Ebrahim Seedat fired a powerful drive narrowly wide and then Masina miscued a gilt-edged chance right in front of goal before Mkhize’s blocked shot was cleared off the line.
Although the home team remained on the front foot after the restart, it was Wits who had the first chance of the second half when Sifiso Myeni’s 58th minute header brought out a good reaction save from Walters.
But City defender Gumede was to choose the perfect moment to score his first-ever goal in the professional ranks when he popped up at the near post in the 71st minute to nod in Aubrey Ngoma’s superbly delivered free kick.
With their tails up, the Cape men poured forward looking for a winner, but they created no more than half chances in what proved to be a thrilling end to a very absorbing 90 minutes of football.
Wits move above Chiefs and into second place on goal difference, just a point behind City, who along with Amakhosi have played two more matches.
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