Wits get the better of Celtic
Posted: 21 December 2013 Time: 19:37
Bidvest Wits won their third game on the trot with a 3-1 victory over Bloemfontein Celtic in Johannesburg on Saturday night.
The Clever Boys, in their final match of 2013, prevailed through strikes from Matty Pattison, Ryan Chapman and Calvin Kadi, with Joel Mogorosi on target for the visitors at Bidvest Stadium.
The result leaves Wits unmoved in third place on the Premiership table with 25 points from 13 games - two points short of leaders Kaizer Chiefs, and just behind Mamelodi Sundowns on goal difference.
Phunya Sele Sele, meanwhile, remain 10th in the standings as they end the year with 16 points from 14 matches.
Wits coach Gavin Hunt named an unchanged outfit for the tie following a 3-1 victory at Maritzburg United, while Celtic boss Ernst Middendorp made two changes to the starting XI that lost 2-1 to Ajax Cape Town last time out.
Lerato Manzini and Mogorosi returned to the starting line-up in place of Lyle Lakay and Lerato Lamola who dropped to the bench.
Wits nearly got off to a perfect start through Kofi Dankwae who rattled the post in the fourth minute. Papy Faty’s corner-kick was met powerfully by the centre back, but the crossbar denied him his first goal for the Students.
The hosts continued to press forward and opened the scoring through Pattison in the 16th minute. The former Newcastle United midfielder picked up the ball inside the area before rounding two players and striking his effort past a helpless Patrick Tignyemb for his third goal of the campaign.
The Clever Boys continued to threaten, as their captain Sibusiso Vilakazi and Chapman came close to finding the back of the net soon after.
Celtic though ended the half strongly and went within inches of getting the equaliser, with Mogorosi’s curling shot from the edge of the area going just wide.
Mogorosi, though, levelled matters a mere two minutes into the second half. The Botswana international turned cleverly on the edge of the area before unleashing a powerful effort past Wits goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs.
Chapman hit back in the 68th minute, sending a powerful effort past Tignyemb from a tight angle to make it 2-1.
Josephs then pulled off two world-class saves in the closing stages of the match, before substitute Kadi made sure of the result with a stoppage-time goal.