Win over Celtic puts Wits third

2014-12-08 00:00

WITS defeated Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 at Free State Stadium in the Absa Premiership yesterday to bounce back from their 3-0 midweek loss to Kaizer Chiefs.

The victory takes the Braamfontein-based club to position three on the log with 23 points while Siwelele are still placed at position 10.

An 84th-minute goal by Ben Motshwari broke the ice for the visitors.

The first half was packed with good football from both camps as the visitors had a free-kick as early as the first minute but Thulani Hlatshwayo blasted over.

Towards the last five minutes of the first half, both sides continued to probe for an opener but there were no signs of it coming, however, a great pass from Dumisani Zuma found Mulenga but the Wits defence stood firm.

The second half began on a low note due to the scorching heat in Bloemfontein but Onismor Bhasera’s effort went wide after a great first touch. Mulenga showed class when he took on Wits defence but lost the ball on the edge of the area.

With 10 minutes remaining, both sides were level in attack but their decision making in the box gave both coaches, Ernst Middendorp and Gavin Hunt, headaches.

Nevertheles, Motshwari broke the ice for the visitors as he scored after beating Musa Bilankulu through pace leaving Tignyemb helpless and beaten hands down as he passed into the empty net.

A few seconds later, Frank Mhango delivered a powerful shot from the right but Josephs safely held on.

With one minute left to go, Josephs saved from a close range free kick into the box by Vuyani Ntanga, he produced an outstanding reflex save as they safely claimed the three points.

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