Celtic seal shock win over Wits

2016-01-31 17:39
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Cape Town - 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).

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.


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