Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
2 minute read
22 Jan 2016
10:12 pm

Keene scores a hat-trick as Wits annihilate City

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Striker James Keene scored a hat-trick as Bidvest Wits handed Polokwane City a 5-0 drubbing in an Absa Premiership match on Friday night.

James Keene of Bidvest Wits celebrates his goal with his teammates during the Absa Premiership match between Bidvest Wits and Polokwane City at the Bidvest Stadium. (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

James Keene’s first hat-trick in the Absa Premiership in just three games and a single goal each by Paseka Sekese and Ben Motshwari saw Bidvest Wits get back to winning ways by beating Polokwane City 5-0 at the Bidvest Stadium on Friday night.

Keene was in the mood for goals on the night and City were there to help, as their defensive mistakes cost them three points.

Rise and Shine started the game on a positive note, with the visitors knocking the ball around and creating a couple of chances.
But their nice play and what started as a strong defence was broken in the 17th minute. Keene capitalising from a defensive error in the 18 yard box, and calmly slotting the ball into the net to take Gavin Hunt’s team into the lead.

A minute later, City almost responded through a counter attack on the left side, but last week’s hero of four goals Thobani Mncwango’s shot went across the face of goals.

In the 24th minute, Moeneeb Josephs pulled out a great save to deny Jabulani Maluleke from a free-kick, with the ball seemingly going into the net.

Keene got his second of the match and for Wits with a beautiful taken header from a Daine Klate cross on the left side on the 29th minute.

Elias Pelembe could have made it 3-0 just before the half-time break. The midfielder started a move on the left side, dribbling past two defenders, before playing a one-two with a teammate and getting the return ball with the goalkeeper to beat, but his shot was disappointing.

The home team began the second half from where they left off. The Clever Boys enjoying possession and taking control of the game from City.

In the 63rd minute, another blunder in City’s back four handed Keene his third goal of the match and for Wits with a tap-in inside the six yard box.

Second half substitute Sekese got the fourth goal for Wits, after a low cross from Sibusiso Vilakazi in the 79th minute and Motshwari sealed the victory for Wits in the 90th minute.

Wits went back to the summit of the league table once more with 32 points, but their stay at the top will be determined by Mamelodi Sundowns and Mpumalanga Black Aces who are playing on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Sundowns and Aces are tied on 30 points.