Wits first to make semis

2013-08-10 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Bidvest Wits were the first team to book their place in the semi-finals of the MTN8 when they defeated Bloemfontein Celtic 3-0 last night at the Bidvest Stadium.

Sibusiso Vilakazi, Getaneh Kebede and Papy Faty were the goal scorers for the Clever Boys, who played most of the second half with 10 men.

Wits opened their account in the 21st minute when Keamogetse Wolff unleashed a long-range shot that stung the hands of Celtic keeper Patrick Tignyemb. The Cameroonian goal minder parried the ball into the path of Vilakazi and the Wits skipper volleyed home from close range to make it 1-0.

Two minutes later, the Clever Boys doubled their tally. It was a lovely team goal as Ryan Chapman fed the ball to Faty on the edge of the box and the Burundian international threaded the ball to Kebede, who killed off Tignyemb from close range.

The last five minutes of the first half were action packed. In the 40th minute, Wits midfielder Matthew Pattison got some space in the midfield and unleashed a thunderous shot, which Tignyemb palmed back into play.

Three minutes later, the Wits defence was all at sea, as Celtic midfield general Musa Nyatama missed a sitter, with Wits ’keeper Moeneeb Josephs wrong footed, as the ball went narrowly wide. Moments later, Chapman beat the Celtic ’keeper, but the ball was cleared off the line by Wandisile Letlabika.

Celtic started the second half like a house on fire and had Wits on the ropes for much of the first 15 minutes of the second half without any success, as the suspect Wits defence held stern.

Celtic’s task of getting back into the match were eased when Wolff received his marching orders after receiving his second yellow card of the match, four minutes after his first.

Faty made it 3-0 two minutes into the second half, when he received the ball from Calvin Kadi from a counter-attack and rounded off Tigyemb to score.

The home side held on for the 3-0 win to secure a place in the semi-final.

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