Ngcobo rescues point for Bidvest Wits

Sthembiso Ngcobo scored in the dying seconds of the game to rescue a point for Bidvest Wits as they played to a 2-2 draw against MP Black Aces in an Absa Premiership match at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The home side started really positively and had their first attempt on goal in the fourth minute when Thulani Hlatshwayo met a well-weighted cross, but his header went narrowly wide of the target.

Ten minutes later Henrico Botes was also on the end of a well-delivered cross into the box, but he saw his powerful header well-saved by the Aces goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane.

Mabokgwane was called into action again in the 20th minute, producing a fingertip save to deny Botes from long range.

On the half hour mark Jabulani Shongwe worked himself into space on the edge of the box, but yet again the Aces goalkeeper came to the rescue with a superb save.

Aces, though, took the lead in the 33rd minute, very much against the run of play when Aubrey Ngoma tapped home a good cross from Bhongolwethu Jayiya, 1-0.

Wits tried to find the equaliser before the break, but were unable to do so with the away side leading by a single goal at halftime.

The start of the second half saw Gavin Hunt making two substitutions with Paseka Sekese and Sthembiso Ngcobo coming on, but they struggled in front of goal as well.

Wits did come close to finding an equaliser on the hour mark when Sibusiso Vilakazi met a cross with a strong header, but his effort went wide of goal.

In the 77th minute the home side finally made their pressure tell when Phumlani Ntshangase found the back of the net with a superbly struck free-kick to make it 1-1.

Zamuxolo Ngalo then handed Aces lead as he headed home a Dino Ndlovu cross in the 90th minute, 2-1.

Wits, though, managed to rescue a point in the dying seconds of the match when Paseka Sekese produced a pin-point corner-kick for Sthembiso Ngcobo to head home, 2-2.

Bidvest Wits (0) 2 (Ntshangase 77’, Ngalo 90’)

MP Black Aces (1) 2 (Ngoma 33’, Ngcobo 93)

Teams:

Bidvest Wits: Moeneeb Josephs, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Buhle Mkhwanazi, Phumlani Ntshangase, Siyabonga Nhlapo, Dillon Sheppard, Jabulani Shongwe (Paseka Sekese 46’), Ben Motshwari, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Henrico Botes (Sthembiso Ngcobo 46’), Calvin Kadi (Getaneh Kebede 73’).

Black Aces: Jackson Mabokgwane, Vincent Kobola, Lehlohonolo Nonyane, Eddie Ngalo, Bhongolwethu Jayiya, Edwin Gyimah, Aubrey Ngoma, Clifford Ngobeni (Roger da Costa 31’) , Onyekachi Okonkwo (Valery Nahayo 86’), Collins Mbesuma, Tendai Ndoro (Dino Ndlovu 53’).