Johannesburg - Two quick goals from Sibusiso
Vilakazi and Gatenah Kedebe were enough for Wits to send Bloemfontein Celtic
crashing out of the 2013 MTN8 quarter-finals before Papy Faty’s knockout blow gave the hosts a 3-0 win.
The game got off to a dynamic start with
Wits forcing Celtic to spend time in their own half defending, but it wasn’t
long before the away side found their rhythm.
On the 13th minute Faty thought he had
scored for Wits only for the match official to disallow the goal after spotting
an infringement in the box.
However, it wasn’t long before Wits broke
the deadlock. On the 21st minute, Wolff struck a shot from distance and when
Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb thought he had saved it, Vilakazi followed
with a rebounded volley to make it 1-0.
The Clever Boys were growing in confidence
and two minutes later they struck again when Kedebe received a ball inside box
and calmly slotted past Tignyemb after a beautiful build up.
Celtic giving the home side the space to attack, Wits forward Ryan Chapman
almost made it 3-0 around the half hour mark when he was allowed to turn and
shoot inside the box.
before half-time Musa Nyatama wasted a glorious opportunity to pull his team
back into the game. With only the 'keeper to beat inside the box, the 25 year
old pulled his attempt wide.
minute later a disorganised Celtic found themselves clearing Chapman’s attempt
off the line.
Clinton Larsen’s side looked rejuvenated at
the start of the second half with Vuyani Ntanga almost finding a goal, but the
home side managed to weather the storm.
Right on the hour mark, the home side were
reduced to ten men when Keamogetse Wolff was sent off for a second bookable
offence. That did not dampen the Clever Boys’ spirit as they continued to
Despite Phunya Sele Sele enjoying more ball
possession after Wolff’s red card, nothing really materialised.
With Celtic pushing forward in search of a
goal, Wits broke out and Faty delivered the knockout blow in the 92nd minute as
he rounded Tignyemb to make it 3-0.
(2) 3 (Vilakazi 21’, Kebede 23’, Faty 92’)
Bloemfontein Celtic 0
Josephs; Pule, Wolff, Booth, Bilankulu; Pattison, Nengomasha, Vilakazi (Sibande
92’), Faty; Chapman (Kadi 77’), Kedebe (Mngonyama 64’)
Celtic: Tignyemb, Mahoa, Nthethe,
Letlabika, Mzava, Lakay (Buchanan 80’), Leonard (Gamildien 56’), Mogorosi,
Motlhaping, Nyatama, Ntanga (Mutuma 57’)