Mahlasela's goal not enough as Celtic lose

Mahlasela's goal not enough as Celtic lose
Lanshene Phalane of Bloemfontein Celtic is challenged by Ben Motshwari of Bidvest Wits during the Absa Premiership match between Bidvest Wits and Bloemfontein Celtic on the 03 March 2017 at Bidvest Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Mar 03, 2017. 22:10

Despite finding the back of the net through Kabelo Mahlasela, Bloemfontein Celtic failed to beat Bidvest Wits as they lost their Absa Premiership match 3-1 on Friday night at Bidvest Stadium.

The loss for Lehlohonolo Seema's men condemns them to the 14th spot on the log table with 18 points from 19 league matches.

However, for Gavin Hunt's side, goals came through skipper, Thulani Hlatswayo, Buhle Mkhwanazi and Gabadinho Mhango.

Although Celtic took the game to their hosts, the Clever Boys claimed the lead in the eighth minute through Hlatshwayo when the defender headed home after a pass from Nazeer Allie.

Hunt's men probed for their goal and Mogakolodi Ngele fired a shot from range in the 14h minute, but his effort was easily collected by goalkeeper, Patrick Tignyemb.

Exactly in the 30th minute, a misunderstanding between at the back between defender Mkhwanazi and keeper, Darren Keet saw Mahlasela taking advantage to make it 1-1 as he poked the ball out of the keepers hands.

Six minutes later, Xola Mlambo penetrated Siwelele in the middle of the park and laid it off for Ngele on the edge of the area, but the Botswana international failed to hit the target.

It was 1-1 at half time.

The second saw the hosts exerting pressure on Seema's men and Ngele played substitute Cuthbert Malajila through, but Tignyemb was alert to deny him in the 55th minute.

In the hour mark, the hosts' effort were rewarded when central defender Mkhwanazi made it 2-1 for the hosts back joining Hlatshwayo on the scoresheet.

With 17 minutes remaining to go, Wits made it 3-1 when Daine Klate picked out Mhango who brilliantly steered his header past Tignyemb.

Three minutes later, Lyle Lakay nearly pulled one for the visitors when his shot came off Hlatshwayo onto the upright.

In the wake of the win, the MTN8 Cup champions means they occupy the second spot with 37 points from 18 league matches so far.

Bidvest Wits: (1) 3 (Hlatshwayo 8', Mkhwanazi 61', Mhango 73')
Bloemfontein Celtic: (1) 1 (Mahlasela 30')

Bidvest Wits: Keet, Allie, Hlatshwayo, Ngele (Scott 83'), Hlanti, Mkhwanazi, Mhango, Mlambo, Myeni (Klate 46'), Keene (Malajila 46'), Motshwari

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Mahlasela, Letlabika, Ndengane, Mxoyana, Dube, Maruping, Hotto (Lakay 69'), Nyatama, Phalane (Sankara 63'), Nyondo

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