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Wits Too Strong For Arrows 24/09/03
Wits University have ended their goal drought in emphatic fashion with a 3-0 drubbing of Golden Arrows at the BidVest Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Castle Premiership match was a one-sided affair, with the home side simply proving too strong for their Durban opponents.

Both Neil and Ivan Winstanley return to the Wits starting line-up, with the latter partnering Gareth Devine up front.

Early shots on goal from both sides are dealt with by the respective goalkeepers, but Wits looked the more comfortable on the ball, with Charles Yohane a constant menace down the lefthand side.

Although the game was being played at a high pace, there is no rhythm to it in the opening fifteen minutes and neither side were able to claim the ascendancy.

Alios Bunjira went close for Wits in the 21st minute with a far-post header after a knock-down from Ivan Winstanley. The winger appeared to use his hand to direct the ball onto the post and the danger was cleared.

Gert Schalkwyk hit the woodwork again two minutes later with a great shot from the edge of the area that had Arrows goalkeeper Davies Phiri beaten.

There was a great double chance for Wits as Bunjira failed to turn home the ball from six yards, and then Ivan Winstanley watched as Phiri made a great save from his snap-shot.

The best chance of the lot followed on the half-hour mark. Van Schalkwyk's shot was well-saved by Phiri, but the loose ball only has to be tapped home. Ivan Winstanley and Bunjira ended up going for the same ball however, and the former fired over.

But the goal finally arrived a few minutes later as Benson Mhlongo headed home from a corner to give the home side a richly deserved lead.

Arrows coach Khabo Zondo made his first change, Harry Milanzi on for Jethrow Masuku, after 36 minutes, as Mlungisi Gumbi was yellow-carded for a bad tackle on Bunjira just before halftime, followed closely by Ryan Hodgskin, who was the third player into the referee's book.

Life was made even more difficult for the visitors just after halftime as Lucky Sibeko was sent-off after a crunching tackle on Hodgskin. It was a well deserved straight red for the midfielder.

The second goal for the home side was a carbon-copy of the first, Mhlongo scoring again with his head, again from a corner. Arrows defending was poor and Phiri was caught completely off guard, allowing the ball to creep into the his net at the near post.

The game has slowed down to a snail's pace after that, but there was one more moment to savour as Wits scored a third through Neil Winstanley, who volleyed home from a free-kick. It was a cracking strike, his first since 1997 and only the second he has ever scored in the Castle Premiership.

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