League strugglers fight for draw
Posted: 7 December 2008 Time: 18:05
Bay United drew 1-1 with Bloemfontein Celtic in an Absa Premiership match on Sunday afternoon.
The goals were scored by Geofrey Sserunkuma for Celtic and Gareth Ncaca for Bay.
This bottom-of-the-table clash was hugely important for both clubs, as with Free State Stars being held to a draw on Saturday this fixture would allow one of the clubs involved to escape the relegation zone for the time being.
Making the most of their homeground advantage, it was Bay United who created more chances in the first half, keeping Patrick Tignyemb in the Celtic goal very busy throughout the first half an hour. The Bay United midfielders were responsible for most of the attacking play with Gareth Ncaca and Siyabulela Songwiqi in particular looking threatening.
Celtic took the lead though when Zamuxolo Ngalo handled in the box and Geofrey Sserunkuma slotted home from the penalty spot to hand Celtic the advantage in the 33rd minute.
Bay United continued to push forward in search of an equaliser, and were rewarded on the stroke of halftime when Ncaca got onto the end of a Jimmy Zakazaka corner and finished with his left foot from 20-yards to send the teams in all square at half-time.
Celtic came out for the second half looking more confident than they were in the first and created numerous chances, though they didn't really test Arthur Bartman in the United goal as they struggled to hit the target.
Both sides created more than enough chances to find the winner, but poor finishing let both sides down and it is clear to see why they both lie at the foot of the table.
Shaun Bartlett came on as a second-half substitute and had the last chance of the game, but his shot was dealt with comfortably by Bartman in the United goal.
A fair result at the end of the day, but both coaches will surely be disappointed and see this as another two points dropped. Both clubs join Free State Stars on a miserly eight points, five points adrift of the teams ahead of them in the Absa Premiership.