|Thulani Hlatshway and Marshall Munetsi
A brace by Buhle Mkhwanazi and goals from Daine Klate, Ejike Uzoenyi and Phakamani Mahlambi demolished Baroka 5-0 on Wednesday night in their Absa Premiership tie at Bidvest Stadium.
The massive win takes the hosts back to the top of the log with 34 points from 16 league matches as they leapfrog Kaizer Chiefs.
Despite a pacey start from both camps, neither side produced clear cut chances in the first 10 minutes as they both exchanged ball possession.
However, James Keene came close to opening the score when he missed the target from close range after a confusion between goalkeeper Abashoni Tshinuna and his defender in the 13th minute.
In the 23rd minute, the visitors also failed to break the deadlock when Marshall Munetsi received a pass in the box, but the midfielder failed to tap in the ball with only keeper Darren Keet to beat.
The Clever Boys made it 1-0 in the 31st minute when Thulani Hlatshwayo played a clever cross for Mkhwanazi, who finished easily with a powerful header following a set piece from Klate.
Seven minutes later, Klate finished with a powerful left footed shot after receiving a brilliant pass from Frank Mhango, who showed aerial strength to set the winger through.
Gavin Hunt’s men dictated the terms on the field as they looked threatening in search of their third goal, but it was 2-0 at halftime.
The Clever Boys continued to pile pressure on their hosts and Klate produced a thunderbolt with his right foot in the 57th minute, forcing Tshinuna to produce a fine save to concede a corner.
Substitute Jose Garcia gave Keet something to work on in the 65th minute as he attempted a long range effort from a distance, but the keeper collected with ease.
With 16 minutes to go, Mkhwanazi completed his brace of two powerful headers when he finished Phakamani Mahlambi’s pin-point cross from the right flank, making it 3-0.
Substitute Uzoenyi made an immediate impact in the 84th minute after he was unmarked in the box, he easily smashed the ball into the roof of the net on Tshinuna’s near post, handing the hosts a 4-0.
Exactly in the 89th minute, Mahlambi wrote his name in the scoresheet when he was set up by Klate on the far post; he beat his marker before passing the ball into the far post, 5-0 for the Students.
Despite trying to bag one goals, the loss for Kgoloko Thobejane’s men sees them sitting at the bottom of the table with 14 points from 16 league matches so far.
This article was sourced from the PSL website.