Wits Football is on a winning streak after their second successive Varsity Football victory.
Wits Football won their second successive match last night, August 2, after beating the University of Western Cape (UWC) 1-0 at Bidvest Wits Stadium in Braamfontein.
The game got off to a slow start with Wits dominating control of the ball but lacking the precision to get past the UWC defence. Wits were awarded a free kick which came to naught. Some rough play from the home team knocked the UWC goalie to the ground and resulted in a yellow card for the Witsies.
UWC came back with confidence by regaining control of the ball but could not capitalise on their possession. Both sides kept up strong defenses, resulting in multiple goal attempts from both sides but none finding the back of the net.
The lively crowd, mostly Wits supporters, grew increasingly restless at the back and forth play. The first half ended goalless.
Wits came out after the break with more determination in an attempt to change the score line. A number of substitutions were made on the home side, including swapping Clinton Mphahlele for Waylon Rooi. Rooi proved to be an inspired substitution as he hit the ground running by making close goal attempts which were narrowly stopped by the UWC goalie.
In the dying minutes of stoppage time, Rooi finally broke the deadlock by taking advantage of a gap in UWC’s defense to slot the ball into the net. The whistle just moments later left the stadium cheering in jubilation.
Rooi, a newcomer to the team, was awarded the “Moment of Brillance” award for his goal. R“It was amazing. It [the match] was tough, we struggled, but at the end we came through and we won and that’s all that matters,” Rooi said.
The coach, Alzavian van Rheede, said that he was happy with the quality of the performance from Wits Football and that they were able to win on home ground.
Van Rheede added that the win had put them in strong standing for next week’s derby.
“I’m very excited for the derby, I don’t have to worry about the other results. This is firmly in our hands and what the boys wanted to achieve from the word ‘go’.”
Wits moves into second position on the log tied on points with log leaders NWU with six points. Their next match will be against UJ Football in the Johannesburg derby on Thursday, August 9, at UJ Stadium.
FEATURED IMAGE: The Wits team celebrates with Waylon Rooi, middle, after he scored the winning goal. Photo: Naledi Mashishi
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