Celtic power through Wits defence

2011-04-30 17:00

A convincing showing from Bloemfontein Celtic saw them guarantee a top-five finish in the Absa Premiership after they whipped BidVest Wits 4-1 in a league match at the Mbombela ­Stadium yesterday.

It was a splendid display of football by the Phunya Sele Sele in the opening 45 minutes, which saw them score three goals in clinical fashion and take the game away from Wits.

Celtic got off to the best ­possible start after scoring the opening goal in the ninth minute.

A cleverly timed running from Lennox Bacela saw him break the Students’ offside trap as he attacked down the right wing before supplying an accurate pass, across the face of goal, to find an unmarked Siphelele Mthembu.

The striker made no mistake, passing the ball into the gaping net.

The visiting side then really controlled the flow and pace of the game as Wits struggled to get the ball beyond the Phunya Sele Sele’s stubborn defence.

Celtic have been good in defence all season, but they have lacked prowess in their attack.

That was certainly not the case yesterday afternoon as they found their second goal in the 35th minute.

This time it was Danny ­Venter’s turn to attack down the right flank before providing a pinpoint pass to find Mthembu, yet again unmarked inside the box.

However, on this occasion, the striker had a bit more to do, but still powerfully drove the ball home into the top right-hand corner from 12 yards out.

Five minutes later, Celtic found their third goal. A quick passing movement saw them find space down the left flank and work their way into the box, where Clifford Mulenga let loose with a 16-yard shot. But his ­effort was brilliantly saved by Darren Keet.

Unfortunately, though, the keeper palmed the ball into the path of Venter who side footed it into another empty net.

The second half saw Celtic take a more relaxed approach to the game, which allowed Wits to attack in numbers as they tried to find a way back into the game. But the result was put ­beyond doubt in the 60th minute as Celtic went 4-0 up.

In a quick counter-attack, the Phunya Sele Sele broke down the left flank and as the cross came into the box, Wits defender Derrick Spencer turned the ball into the back of his own net from only a couple of yards out.

Wits, though, did find consolation in the 72nd minute when the referee awarded them a ­penalty after he ruled Thabo Nthethe to have pulled down ­Sifiso Vilakazi inside the box.

Vilakazi took the penalty ­himself and made no mistake.

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