PSL Absa Premiership match report: Bloemfontein Celtic vs Mamelodi Sundowns
Posted: 21 October 2015 Time: 21:38
Mamelodi Sundowns claimed their fourth victory in a row with a 1-0 defeat of Bloemfontein Celtic at the newly renovated Dr. Rantlai Petrus Molemela Stadium.
Brazilians substitute Anthony Laffor decided matters with a goal in the 70th minute at the venue, which was re-opened and changed name from Seisa Ramabodu Stadium on the night.
Downs dominated from the outset, and could have taken the lead four minutes in. However, Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb did well to parry away Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse's header.
Zimbabwean midfielder Khama Billiat found his way into the Phunya Sele Sele box in the 14th minute, and forced shot-stopper Tignyemb into a fine save.
Celtic were under pressure, and new Sundowns striker Leonardo Castro unleashed a powerful long-range effort three minute before the half-hour mark which sailed over the goalposts.
Seven minutes before the half-time break, Billiat combined brilliantly with his Sundowns teammate Tebogo Langerman, before the former placed his effort wide of the target.
Sundowns winger Keagan Dolly pulled the trigger from range, and his thunderous effort forced the best out of Tignyemb three minutes before the interval.
Fifteen minutes into the second-half, Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane introduced Laffor and pulled out Themba Zwane, who had a quiet night.
Liberia international Laffor made an immediate impact as he hit the back of the net after receiving a good pass from his captain Ramahlwe Mphahlele.
Celtic nearly responded with a goal with 15 minutes left on the clock, but Ugandan goalkeeper Denis Onyango parried away Celtic midfielder Keegan Buchanan's effort.
The Brazilians managed to hold onto their lead and hand Phunya Sele Sele their second League defeat of the season.
HOME: Bloemfontein Celtic
Coach: Clinton Larsen
AWAY: Mamelodi Sundowns
Coach: Pitso Mosimane