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Celtic hammered by Stars

Posted: 16 December 2009 Time: 22:17

Platinum Stars roared back to top form in the Absa Premiership after a 5-2 drubbing of Bloemfontein Celtic at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium.

Young striker Brad Grobler scored a brace as Dinaledi broke a three-game winless streak in the best possible style.

Grobler had the game’s first effort on goal, forcing Patrick Tignyemb to parry a long-range drive behind for a corner kick in the 10th minute.

From the set-piece Stars took the lead thanks to Joseph Malongoane, who tucked home from close range after Tshepo Ramaokala’s delivery from the by-line.

Celtic almost replied in the 14th minute, with Cecil Oersen’s free-kick turned away to safety by Tapuwa Kapini in Dinaledi’s goal. But just two minutes later Celtic were level, with Sandile Ndlovu firing home a fierce shot from 18 yards out.

But on 24 minutes Stars retook the lead, with Ramokala winning a header inside the 18-yard area to set up Grobler, and the striker needed no further invitation to net his side’s second goal.

The visitors were dealt a blow on the half-hour mark when Malongoane had to be replaced due to injury, which saw the experienced Dillon Sheppard take up his place in midfield.

And Sheppard proved his class a short while later when he scored Stars’ third goal, heading Joseph Mkalipa’s inviting cross beyond the reach of Tignyemb in the 42nd minute.

Celtic shuffled their pack at the start of the second half, with Owen da Gama taking a more attacking approach by replacing midfielder Mark Mayambela with forward Moses Spandeel.

Phunya Sele Sele’s more positive outlook paid quick dividends, with Prince Olomu scoring in the 52nd minute after Stars were unable to deal with a corner-kick from Oersen.

However, Stars were in no mood to give Celtic a sniff of a comeback and restored their two-goal lead on the hour-mark when Henrico Botes turned home Sheppard’s cross.

Botes almost scored Stars’ fifth 13 minutes later when he headed over from a corner-kick, and it was soon the turn of Celtic’s Mbuyiselo Sambu to test Kapini with a long-range drive that forced the keeper into a fine save.

With five minutes to play any slight hope Phunya Sele Sele may have had evaporated when former Stars defender Michael Khaile was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Stars wrapped up a five-star performance when Grobler scored their fifth in injury time, netting after good set-up play by substitute Norikazu Murakami.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:53 pm
This is really sad for Celtic, I hope it does not spell the end of Owen as predicted. I really do not like seeing our local coaches getting sacked.
posted: 10:58 pm
These celtics players pay no attention 4 loosing bcoz even if they were beaten their supporters sing as its a big win. So they R confused even 2 c da different btween loose & win. It never happened b4 4 Celtic to loose two or more games @ Bloem. Kosi 4 lyf @ Stutterheim
posted: 04:53 am
Hahaha, b-man, so you think the fans need to be normal. They should be angry when the team loses? In fact, thats what many fans do around the world. They let known of their displeasure. You gotta be tough sometimes. David, Owen is as good as gone my friend. I dont want local coaches to lose their jobs anymore than you do, but its a result oriented sport, u snuz u luz.
posted: 08:17 am
Thats Celtics for you and Da Gama for that matter. Just after the game against chiefs.....he was singing praise for his players saying they have shown character thus a draw was a reflection of the game

He forgot to say they were lucky to draw. Besides, Da Gama will do every thing to either draw or win against chiefs, pirates and sundowns but when it comes to other teams...this is what he gets....BLOODY MORON nx!!

b-man: 2009-12-16 22:58
ntlakuso: 2009-12-17 04:53

For me its ok for this guys to loose their job if they can't beat a team that like AmaZulu but they play their hearts out against the three teams i have mentioned
posted: 08:36 am
I think this coach is got alot of favaritism.He is only fielding the players that he used to work with from other teams. He cant just drop Spando 4 Walaza.I think is time for him 2 realize that we no ordinary team.
Fuze 1
posted: 08:47 am
Two red cards in two successive games should be a concern. Actually what is happening at Celtic really? Why it is alleged Da Gama is leaving Celtic while Celtic is in a better position than before? something is not right I suppose.
posted: 08:57 am
Teams should stop measuring their performance against Chiefs and Pie-rats becoz when they play other teams they are just big flops playing out hearts out against KC and go to lose 5 - 2 against Stars - pathetic
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