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  • 13 April 2014
  • • 15:00
  • • Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium, Botshabelo, FS
  • Referee: M. Julius
  • • Attendance: 7000

Bloemfontein Celtic 1-2 Bidvest Wits: Shongwe sends Wits through

Bloemfontein Celtic 1-2 Bidvest Wits: Shongwe sends Wits through

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Jabulani Shongwe scored the winning goal as Wits booked their place in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 win over Celtic at Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium on Sunday

Hosts Bloemfontein Celtic went into this encounter looking to avenge their 3-1 Absa Premiership first round defeat to their visitors on the day, Bidvest Wits.
Wits applied pressure in the early stages. Defender Onismor Bhasera's long range effort was finger tipped over the cross bar by Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb in the fifth minute.
Keeper Tingyemb was called into action again in the 18th minute. Wits striker Sthembiso Ngcobo tried to chip the ball over the former Cameroon national under-23 team goalie, but his effort was parried out for a corner kick. 
However, the home side broke the deadlock with their first shot on target. Celtic midfielder Musa Nyatama bounced onto a loose ball inside the Wits box and made it 1-0 to Siwelele in the 24th minute.
The lead did not last long, as Wits responded almost immediately a minute later. The Clever Boys captain Sibusiso Vilakazi found himself unmarked inside the Celtic box and made it 1-1.
Celtic defender Alfred Ndengane was red carded for fouling Wits midfielder Vilakazi, on a goalscoring opportunity in the 39th minute.
The resultant free-kick on the edge of the Celtic box, was converted by Wits midfielder Jabulani Shongwe in the 40th minute. The 24-year old's curling shot hit the back of the net, handing Wits a 2-1 lead going into the half-time break.
The home side had a better start to the second-half. Celtic defensive midfielder Wandisile Letlabika's powerful low shot narrowly missed Wits keeper Moeeneb Josephs' upright, five minutes into the second-half.
Celtic's Botswana international Joel Mogorosi' free header inside the Wits box went straight at keeper Josephs, who easily gathered it in the 57th minute.
A penalty shout from Celtic for a foul on Siwelele substitute Lerato Manzini by Wits keeper Josephs was ignored by the match referee in the 75th minute, as the home side continued to pile on the pressure.
Celtic striker Manzini hit the upright in the 86th minute, with keeper Josephs beaten. But the 22-year-old was ruled offside. It ended 2-1 to Wits and they advanced to the 2014 Nedbank Cup semi-finals.