Wits go 2nd in PSL with win over Ajax

Sibusiso Vilakazi scored a hat-trick as Wits beat Ajax 4-2 on Wednesday.

FILE: Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt. Picture: Bidvest Wits on Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - There were only two matches in the Premier Soccer League last night, but plenty of action in both.

Wits welcomed Ajax Cape Town to the Bidvest Stadium looking to exact revenge for the 3-1 hiding they received in Cape Town back in August.

The home side started off the brighter of the two, finding the back of the net in the 11th minute through Sibusiso Vilakazi.

The Clever Boys doubled their advantage through skipper Thulani Hlatshwayo two minutes before the half time whistle was blown.

Gavin Hunt's men picked up from where they left in the first 45 minutes, applying pressure on the Ajax defence, but it was the Urban Warriors who got the first goal of the second half with a thunderbolt from Nazeer Allie.

The Capetonians failed to build on that pressure and found themselves 3-1 down as Vilakazi claimed his brace.

The game intensified in the final 10 minutes of the game as Roger de Sa's side tried pulling themselves back into the game.

They were awarded a penalty in the 83rd minute which Noah Sadaoui converted, but were caught napping again by Wits as Vilakazi wrapped up his hat-trick in injury time.

DRAW IN ORLANDO

At the Orlando Stadium, defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns took an early lead against Orlando Pirates through Khama Billiat but on the half hour mark, the Buccaneers hit back with an equalising goal from Lennox Bacela.

Those first half strikes were the only goals in a game filled with great chances.

Wits are now second on the log, two points clear of Sundowns and three clear of Ajax, who are still in fourth despite the loss.

Kaizer Chiefs are comfortable at the summit of the log, 11 points above their closest threat, while their arch rivals Pirates are in ninth place, knocking on the top eight door.