Wits down Celtic to move third

Bidvest Wits continued their fine form in the Absa Premiership as they claimed a 2-1 win away to Bloemfontein Celtic at the Dr Molemela Stadium on Saturday night.

Goals early in each half from Thabang Monare and Frank Mhango took the Clever Boys to their fourth victory in five league matches, while Phunya Sele Sele have won only once in their opening six games.

Wits got off to a flying start and claimed the lead as early as the fourth minute. Elias Pelembe played a fine ball into the box from a dead-ball situation and Thabang Monare escaped his marker and glanced home a stooping header to open the scoring.

Celtic hit back on the half hour mark with a beautifully worked goal which saw Musa Nyatama and Lyle Lakay combine to set up Atusaye Nyondo, who provided a fine low finish into the corner to make it 1-1.

On 33 minutes the hosts almost claimed the lead, with Lakay driving a powerful volley on target but Darren Keet reacted sharply to tip the ball over his crossbar. It marked a strong period in the game for Celtic, with Wits’ early dominance no longer a factor.

The Clever Boys, though, started the second half strongly and reclaimed the lead just six minutes after the restart, with Frank Mhango combining well with Eleazar Rodgers before firing home a shot from just inside the penalty area.

Phunya Sele Sele were unable to really threaten a second equaliser, with Wits far more organised and efficient in defence, ensuring they claimed the victory and moved to within a point of co-leaders Kaizer Chiefs and Golden Arrows with two games in hand.

Bloemfontein Celtic (1) 1 (Nyondo 30’)
Bidvest Wits (1) 2 (Monare 4’, Mhango 51’)

Celtic: Tignymeb, Dube, Letlabika, Sankara, Mxoyana, Hotto (Abdul Razak 55’), Ndengane, Maruping, Lakay (Mahlasela 71’), Nyatama (Masuku 83’), Nyondo

Wits: Keet, Allie, Mkhwanazi, Hlatshwayo, Zulu,Pelembe, Monare, Motshwari, Klate (Ntshangase 90+2’), Mhango (Myeni 85’), Rodgers (Malajila 67’).