The Wits men’s win an important game to give them a chance at winning the league.

The Wits men’s hockey team put up a brilliant display against University of Johannesburg (UJ) to win 4-1 in the southern Gauteng hockey league on Monday, August 19, at the Wits hockey stadium.

Wits hockey star Chad Futcher scored three goals to leave his side unbeaten this season and sitting at the top of the log.

The game started with UJ controlling the ball with both teams defending strongly leaving first quarter on a goalless deadlock.

Wits managed to draw first blood in  the second quarter thanks to Futcher’s penalty goal 26 minutes into the match.

A weak pass from the Wits defense gave UJ an advantage which was taken by striker Luke Grove giving the visiting side their equaliser.

Both sides kept up the pressure in the second half with Futcher scoring yet again from a penalty corner, putting Wits 2-1 up.

Wits forward Chris Makaba who had an impressive game in the middle scored in the 53th minute of the match, giving Wits a 3-1 lead.

A stick challenge by Wits player Brandon James in the 56th minute saw the home team lose a player for the rest of the match after he was yellow carded four minutes before the final whistle.

The home team was awarded another penalty corner in the last two minutes, giving Futcher a third chance to score the final goal for the team bringing the score to 4-1.

Defender and Wits captain, Michael Marki, kept a solid line of defensive tackles throughout the match and expressed his happiness at how Wits had overpowered UJ.

Marki said that the game was really important and that “it was really positive that everything went our way and we were able to put in a good performance against a strong UJ side.”

The Wits side has one more game against Wanderers where they hope to win and be crowned winners of the league, should other results go their way.

FEATURED IMAGE: Wits player Chris Makaba attempts to set up an opportunity for Wits to score. Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane