MATCH CENTRE

FRI 19 JANUARY 2018, 20:00, BIDVEST STADIUM

1
VS
0

Bidvest Wits overcome 10-man Bloemfontein Celtic

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Fri January 19, 22:09

Bidvest Wits beat 10-man Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Bidvest Stadium on Friday night.

The win takes Clever Boys to 13th place on the league table, while Phunya Sele Sele remain ninth on the log.

The Clever Boys were the better side in the early stages of the game with James Keene looking lively upfront for the hosts.

Wits were awarded a penalty in the 30th minute after Mpho Maruping deliberately handled the ball in the Celtic box and the player was sent off.

English striker Keene converted the penalty to make it 1-0 to Wits much to the delight of the Clever Boys fans inside the stadium.

Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb had to be alert in the 42nd minute and he gathered Wits defender Thulani Hlatshwayo's goal bound throw in.

Phunya Sele were under pressure with the half-time break fast approaching on a chilly night in Johannesburg.

But they managed to contain the home side until the match referee blew the half-time whistle and the score was 1-0 to Wits at the interval.

The Cleve Boys continued their dominance in the early stages of the second-half as 10-man Celtic struggled to contain them.

Tignyemb denied Wits attacking midfielder Vincent Pule just after the hour-mark as the hosts pressed the visitors.

However, as the second-half progressed, Celtic began attacking in numbers and Vusi Shikweni forced Wits keeper Darren Keet into a good save.

Celtic attackers Menzi Masuku and Deon Hotto were also denied by Keet in the closing stages of the game.

Wits were able to hold on to their slender lead and ultimately, they recorded a 1-0 win over Celtic.

Wits (1) 1 (Keene 31')
Celtic (0) 0

Wits XI: Keet, Hlatshwayo, Khumalo, Pule (Klate 70'), Hlanti, Claasen, Mkhwanazi, Myeni (Pelembe 62'), Gyimah, Keene (Monare 61'), Majoro.

Celtic XI: Tignyemb, Pfumbidzai, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Gordinho, Baloyi, Maruping, Hotto, Mashikinya (Mabena 49'), Phalane (Shikweni 75'), Mabasa (Masuku 49').

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH BIDVEST STADIUM
BIDVEST WITS GOALS BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC GOALS
28. James Keene (31')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
61'
1
Goalkeeper
30
Defender
4
26
Defender
15
Defender
35
Defender
19
3
Defender
13
3
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
31'
28
Midfielder
49'
17
Midfielder
61'
21
Midfielder
75'
8
Midfielder
70'
12
Midfielder
30'
6
Forward/Striker
45
Forward/Striker
49'
17
SUBSTITUTIONS
Elias Pelembe
Midfielder
61'
11
Menzi Masuku
Forward/Striker
49'
50
Thabang Monare
Midfielder
61'
8
Ndumiso Mabena
Forward/Striker
49'
10
Daine Klate
Midfielder
70'
7
Vusi Shikweni
Midfielder
75'
25
CARDS
Mpho Maruping
Midfielder
30'
6
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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