MATCH CENTRE

SUN 31 JANUARY 2016, 15:30, FREE STATE STADIUM

2
VS
1

Celtic steal first win since September 2015

by BackPageTXT

Sun January 31, 17:35

Bloemfontein Celtic earned their first Absa Premiership win since 2015 after beating Bidvest Wits 2-1 at the Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The win sees Phunya Sele Sele up to ninth place on the table with 20 points, only one point behind Free State Stars (eighth) and Golden Arrows (seventh).

The win, on the other hand, for Wits sees them up to second on the table with 35 points, only a point behind league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

Wits struggled to find their rhythm early on which saw Celtic controlling the possession stakes.

Still, despite dominating the opening ten minutes the home side could not fashion any decent chances on goal.

In fact, Wits had the first attempt on goal in the 12th minute when Elias Pelembe let fly from just outside the box, but saw his effort well-saved by Patrick Tignyemb.

On the half hour Onismor Bhasera created a great scoring chance for Sibusiso Vilakazi, 16-yards out, but the Clever Boys attacker shot straight at the Celtic keeper who palmed the effort away from danger.

In the 35th minute the away side took the lead after some quick passing inside the Celtic box resulted in Pelembe firing the ball home from six-yards out.

Five minutes later Pelembe nearly found his second, but his shot from 18-yards out struck the outside of the left post.

The half ended 1-0 in favour of Wits.

Celtic came out firing in the second half and levelled matters in the 50th minute after a swift counter-attack saw Lerato Lamola square the ball for Thapelo Morena to tap home under no pressure, 1-1.

Both sides were poor in front of goal after that and the game looked to be heading to a stalemate.

That was until Lamola broke through on goal and won his side a penalty after Moneeb Josephs pulled him down inside the box.

Musa Nyatam stepped up and converted from the spot to steal victory for Celtic, 2-1.

Bloemfontein Celtic (0) 2 (Morena 50’, Nyatama 93’ pen)
Bidvest Wits (1) 1 (Pelembe 35’)

Teams

Celtic: Tignyemb, Rikhotso, Fransman, April (Lakay 45’), Jooste, Ndengane, Nyatama, Morena, Razak (Likontsane 63’), Matuka, Lamola.

Bidvest Wits: Josephs, Hlatshwayo, Klate (Shongwe 63’), Vilakazi, Pelembe, Mkhwanazi (Khumalo 46’), Nhlapo, Bhasera, Keene (Mahlambi 85’), Motshwari, Ntshangase.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH FREE STATE STADIUM
BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC GOALS BIDVEST WITS GOALS
12. Thapelo Morena (50') 11. Elias Pelembe (35')
4. Musa Nyatama (90 + 3')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2
BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC STARTING LINEUP BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
90 + 2'
16
Defender
84'
16
Defender
46'
15
Defender
2
Defender
24
Midfielder
27
Defender
20
Midfielder
90 + 3'
4
3
Midfielder
42'
44
Midfielder
30
Midfielder
50'
12
Midfielder
63'
7
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
35'
11
Forward/Striker
63'
21
Midfielder
85'
0
Forward/Striker
14
Midfielder
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
Lyle Lakay
Midfielder
42'
7
Bongani Khumalo
Defender
46'
4
Julius Likontsane
Forward/Striker
63'
32
Jabulani Shongwe
Midfielder
63'
22
Phakamani Mahlambi
Midfielder
85'
27
CARDS
Bevan Fransman
Defender
84'
16
Jabulani Shongwe
Midfielder
72'
22
Moeneeb Josephs
Goalkeeper
90 + 2'
16
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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