Celtic too smart for Clever Boys


An early goal by LeratoManzini and a brace by Ruzaigh Gamildien gave Bloemfontein Celtic a 3-1 win over Bidvest Wits at the Bidvest Stadium in an Absa Premiership match played on Saturday afternoon.

The home side earned themselves a consolation goal scored by BongolwethuJayiya.

The visitors were the first side to find the back of the net in Johannesburg whenManzini’s left-footed shot from 25-yards out on the left channel beat Wits keeper Energy Murambadoro and went straight into the bottom-right side of goal to make it 1-0 to the visitors.

Before the dust even settled, Celtic compounded more misery to Roger De Sa’s men when a cross by LuyandaHlongwa from the right wing was turned into goal by Gamildien’s left-footed shot from 25-yards on the left channel to make it 2-0 in the 12th minute.

The Clever Boys were clearly shocked by the early set back and it could have been worse whenGamildien’s right-footed shot from 20-yards out on the right channel went over the bar in the 28th minute.

The home side had their first real attempt on goal in the 39th minute whenAsiveLangwe’s right-footed shot from 25-yards on the left side sailed over the bar.

Celtic took a 2-0 lead into the break, but the Clever Boys were quick off the blocks in the second stanza and found the breakthrough they were desperately looking for.

An in-swinging right-footed corner kick by Langwe into the box was headed by BhongolwethuJayiya into the bottom-left of goal from 12-yards out.

It was now 2-1 to the home side after 47 minutes.

But the home side’s hopes of a comeback were soon killed by Gamildien’s brace.

His right-footed shot from 20-yards out on the right channel found the top-left corner of the net in the 55th minute to make it 3-1.

Exactly on the hour mark the visitors’ keeper was called into action. A long range right-footed shot by Jayiya from 30-yards out on the right channel was tipped over the bar by Celtic keeper Thabani Stemmer.

The match ended 3-1 as the visitors ran out comfortable winners. The defeat leaves Roger De Sa’s team five points above the relegation zone as they continue their horrible 2012 winless run in the league.

Bidvest Wits (0) 1 (Jayiya 47’)
Bloemfontein Celtic (2) 3 (Manzini 8, Gamildien 12’ + 55’)

Bidvest Wits: E Murambadoro; T Batabaire, P Phungwayo, K Pule, M Mabizela; K Chintu (M Zongo 31’), B Jayiya, A Langwe (L Koapeng 61’), L Masalesa, SbuVilakazi; B Ritson (N Tshabangu 78’)

Bloemfontein Celtic: T Stemmer; T Mahoa, R Gamildien (P Mongala 72’), M Mathoho, T Nthethe; B Mkhwanazi, L Hlongwa, T Mshengu, L Madubanya (P Zothwane 21’); L Manzini (A Kerspuy 69’) L Bacela