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Posted: 17 December 2014 Time: 19:54

Hellings Mhango struck twice as Clinton Larsen marked his return to the Bloemfontein Celtic hotseat with a 2-0 win at Mpumalanga Black Aces on Wednesday night.

Mhango bagged a second-half brace to claim the spoils at Mbombela Stadium.

The win sees Celtic up to 10th place on the log with 20 points, while Aces dropped to eighth with 21 points.

Celtic offered very little in terms of attack in the first half and were completely outplayed by the home side.

Still, despite Aces controlling the possession stakes their decision making in the final third was poor and their shooting was woeful.

Clive Barker’s men fashioned their first chance on goal in the fourth minute when Tshidiso Tukane worked himself into space on the edge of the box, but shot inches wide of the goal.

Roughly 10 minutes later Aubrey Ngoma did everything right as he worked his way into the box after dribbling past a couple of defenders, but his shot bounced off the top of the crossbar.

Collins Mbesuma should have done much better in the 30th minute when he met a Tendai Ndoro cross, but his shot was a timid one and easily saved by the Celtic keeper.

Ndoro had an opportunity himself eight minutes later, but his finishing was poor as he fired wide from just inside the box.

The second half was a completely different affair and saw Celtic turn the tide.

In the 57th minute Mhango was at his best when he turned home a cross from Thapelo Morena to give the away side the lead.

Aces tried to fight back, but they struggled to break down a stubborn Celtic defence.

Celtic made sure of all three points in the final minute of the game when Mhango grabbed his second following a goalmouth scramble inside the Aces box.

HOME: Mpumalanga Black Aces

Coach: Clive Barker
Formation: four four two

AWAY: Bloemfontein Celtic

Coach: Clinton Larsen
Formation: four three one two

Livefyre comments on this story...

Thabo 12 Mooki
posted: 2014-12-17 19:38:55

Welcome Mr Larson...I'm happy you are off the mark positively

posted: 2014-12-17 21:03:21

And Clive Barker will tell you that Aces play better than Chiefs, mxm!

posted: 2014-12-17 22:55:56

Mhango, Tukane, Makudubela what a talent

posted: 2014-12-18 01:50:19

I blame the Cowditor for dis...eish even last week Aces were lucky against F Stars. Playing like Chiefs my.........!! Khosi by birth...

posted: 2014-12-18 04:30:44



Siwelele Brigadier
posted: 2014-12-18 05:46:22

Bakae balakaletsi ba ma-chiefs?!

posted: 2014-12-18 05:47:06

Aish this no17 of plat stars is hot like pele pele

posted: 2014-12-18 05:59:18

Siwelele Brigadier before we engage u, tell us which position ur team is in first?

posted: 2014-12-18 06:18:00

Mhago” I foresee u wearing gold and black next season boy

posted: 2014-12-18 07:11:42

Aces next fixture is against Amakhosi at FNB so Barker should repeat what he said or explain himself because other bloggers from other Teams attacked me when I expressed the feeling that I used to like this Madala but now he shows some aging signs in his comments. 

Okada man
posted: 2014-12-18 07:13:52

@Sbu, but Bobby is busy chasing aboNdulula, Sekola, Musona, while a gem is around Bloem and he was not playing during Mazinyo's era. It was a perfect time to bring him to Naturena, mxm. Now with Larsen there we must just forget. 

Okada man
posted: 2014-12-18 07:18:15

@Siwelele, you are always irrelevant wena. You should be talking with ratties, birds, Amazulu not even chippa or sundowns. Chiefs is out of your league ngwaneso. In case you forgot; Larsen was given a mandate to finish in the top four, ask Sir Baxter hore what is his mandate.

posted: 2014-12-18 13:16:45

Thanks chairman for showing confidence in coach Clint, Kgopane and Seema

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