Five goals in the first half set Bidvest Wits on their way to a comfortable 6-2 victory against Thanda Royal Zulu in an Absa Premiership match played at the Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday night.
Wits defender Justin Miller started the rout in the third minute, heading home an inviting David Oliviera cross. Winger Samuel Ramosoue was at the end of a slick passing move and scored in the 14th, and striker Calvin Kadi netted seven minutes later.
Tebogo Langerman scored in the 39th and 45th minutes, and the home fans celebrated loudly as victory was only 45 minutes away. Thanda seemed hesitant to come back for the second half, and rightly so as they were cruising to a record-breaking hiding.
But former Wits player Clifford Mulenga reduced the deficit in the 63rd minute and Nkosinathi Nhleko also netted in the 74th after a slip-up in defence.
The Clever Boys were in a position to set a record but they let their fans and themselves down as they coasted aimlessly around and lacked the drive they showed in the first half. Thanda tried desperately to get forward but their attack was as feeble as their defence, and Energy Murambadoro hardly broke into a sweat in the Wits goal.
Wits right-back Byron Hendricks headed home a Marawaan Bantam corner kick in the 77th minute. Another former Wits player, Phil Evans, then tested Murambadoro from outside the box but the Zimbabwean, who had a very quiet evening, palmed away the vicious in-swinging free kick.
Wits are seventh with 31 points while TRZ remain in 13th with 23.
Meanwhile, in another match played on Wednesday, Bloemfontein Celtic beat high-flying Moroka Swallows 4-1. — Sapa