Absa Premiership

Wits claim three points in Bfn

2014-12-07 19:18
(File, Gallo)

Bloemfontein - Bidvest Wits defeated Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 at the Free State Stadium in the Absa Premiership on Sunday to bounce back from their 3-0 midweek loss to Kaizer Chiefs.

The victory takes the Braamfontein-based club to position three on the log with 23 points while Siwelele are still placed at position 10.

An 84th minute goal by Ben Motshwari broke the ice for the visitors, he scored after beating Musa Bilankulu through pace leaving Patrick Tignyemb helpless and beaten hands down as he passed into the empty net.

The first half was packed with good football from both camps as the visitors had a free-kick as early as the 1st minute but Thulani Hlatshwayo blasted over.

In retaliation, Celtic broke on the left through Dhatelo Morena but his cross was blocked by Hlatshwayo.

In the 18th minute, Ben Motshwari’s effort went wide without troubling Tignyemb as Wits looked at keeping Celtic under pressure but the defence was too tight.

Probe for opener

After 30 minutes of play, Mukuka Mulenga hit the woodwork after beating Josephs, a rebound fell into Musa Nyatama’s path but he shot wide.

Towards the last five minutes of the first-half, both sides continued to probe for an opener but there were no signs of it coming, however, a great pass from Dumisani Zuma found Mulenga but the Wits defence stood firm.

Wits then pressed Siwelele and kept them in their own half, getting a corner but a chance to hit it by Motshwari went wide. A cross came in from Mkhwanazi, but Hlatshwayo’s shot went wide.

The Clever Boys nearly took the first-half lead when Henrico Botes hit the woodwork with Tignyemb beaten.

The second half began on a low note due to the scorching heat in Bloemfontein but Onismor Bhasera’s effort went wide after a great first touch.

Mulenga showed class when he took on Wits defence but lost the ball on the edge of the area.

With 10 minutes remaining, both sides were level in attack but their decision making in the box gave both coaches, Ernst Middendorp and Gavin Hunt, headaches.

Nevertheles, Motshwari broke the ice for the visitors as he scored after beating Musa Bilankulu through pace leaving Tignyemb helpless and beaten hands down as he passed into the empty net.

A few seconds later, Frank Mhango delivered a powerful shot from the right but Josephs safely held on.

With one minute left to go, Josephs saved from a close range free kick into the box by Vuyani Ntanga, he produced an outstanding reflex save as they safely claimed the three points.

Bloemfontein Celtic 0

Bidvest Wits (0) 1 (Motshwari 84’)

TEAMS

Celtic: Tignyemb, Fransman, Ndengane, Zuma (61’ Mhango), Buchanan (87’ Ntanga), Nyatama, Bilankulu, Cloete, Mulenga (78’ Maasdorp), Lamola, Morena

Wits: Josephs, Kwakman, Bhasera, Hlatshwayo, Ntshangase, Shongwe (72’ Zuke), Motshwari, Nhlapo, Mkhwanazi, Botes (86’ Ngcobo), Katongo (63’ Kebede).

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Tuesday, 19 February 2019
Mamelodi Sundowns v Polokwane City, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 20 February 2019
SuperSport United v Orlando Pirates, Mbombela Stadium 19:30
Friday, 22 February 2019
Chippa United v Golden Arrows, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 20:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

After slow starts to their respective 2018/19 Absa Premiership campaigns, who will finish the season ranked higher?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.