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Late Winner Sees Wits Move Up To Second Spot

Absa Premiership

Result: Bloemfontein Celtic 2-4 Bidvest Wits

Date: 15 March 2019

Venue: Dr Molemela Stadium

Bidvest Wits got their Absa Premiership title charge back on track after rallying from behind to defeat Bloemfontein Celtic in a six-goal thriller.

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Wits were without the services of Thulani Hlatshwayo, Robyn Johannes and Fagrie Lakay for the encounter, with the club captain missing out through suspension.

The men from the Free State got off to the perfect start as Tebogo Potsane found the back of the net after just three minutes.

The Clever Boys took control soon after as they went in search of an equalser, although the likes of Terrence Dzvukamanja and Lehlohonolo Majoro were unable to take advantage on the dominance.

Wits were eventually awarded a spot-kick when Mbhazima Rikhotso brought down Gabadinho Mhango in the box. Keagan Ritchie took responsibility but saw his spot-kick saved by Patrick Tignyemb.

Nevertheless, the visitors kept pushing for an equaliser and they were eventually rewarded in the 58th minute through Mhango's strike.

The turnaround was complete just over 10 minutes later as second-half substitute Gift Motupa nodded home a cross from Mhango.

Celtic looked to have snatched a point with four minutes remaining as Tshegofatso Mabasa, who netted a brace in the reverse fixture, slotted past Darren Keet.

However, Wits got the winning goal a minute later, with Dzvukamanja finding the back of the net before the Wits forward completed his brace in second-half to stoppage time round off the scoring.

Here's how they lined up:

Celtic: 30. Tignyemb, 28. Mahashe, 3. Pfumbidzai, 22. Rikhotso, 27. Mabasa, 2. Tani, 14. Maema, 17. Mashikinya, 4. Dlamini, 11. Potsane, 35. Baloyi.

Subs: 34. Dambe, 13. Letsoalo, 10. Mabena, 50. Masuku, 15. Lingwati, 17. Sam, 13. Shikweni.

Wits: 16. Keet, 2. Mere, 15. Mkhwanazi, 4. Nonyane, 13. Hlanti, 12. Scott, 17. Alexander, 36. Ritchie, 17. Mhango, 37. Dzvukamanja, 45. Majoro.
 
Subs: 23. Goss, 5. Weidlich, 7. Hotto, 8. Monare, 24. Motupa, 11. Pelembe, 9. Murray.

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