Celtic fight back for draw
Posted: 7 February 2010 Time: 17:56
A first half strike from Sibusiso Khumalo and a powerful header by Patric Malokase in the second half meant Bloemfontein Celtic and Moroka Swallows shared the points at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The first 45 minutes saw the Birds control the majority of possession with their birthday boy and captain, Lefa Tsutsulupa, dictating terms in the middle of the park. Another dangerous looking player in the midfield was Sibusiso Khumalo who, with his speed and shoot on sight policy, caused a lot of problems for the Celtic defence.
The first attempt on goal came in the fourth minute when Khumalo hit a pile driver of a shot from about 30 yards out that just skimmed the wrong side of the post. Patric Tignyemb would have had no chance had the powerful shot been on target.
Thereafter Swallows continued to pile pressure on the Phunya Sele Sele and were duly rewarded in the 24th minute when Khumalo struck a wonder goal from the left edge of the 18 yard box. Tignyemb could only stand and watch as the ball swerved past him into the top right hand corner, 1-0.
Celtic really struggled to create any real chances in the first half and only tested Greg Etafia in the 40th minute when Prince Olomu tried his luck from outside the 18 yard area. Still, it was a rather tame effort as Etafia made the save with ease.
A minute before the break Swallows should really have doubled their lead when Siyabonga Nomvethe found himself in a one-on-one situation with the Phunya Sele Sele keeper. An initial shot came in from Khumalo, but it was too hot to handle and consequently Tignyemb spilled his save straight into the path of Nomvethe. The Birds striker failed to fully capitalise as he struck his effort straight at the keeper.
The second half finally saw the Celtic team come to the party as their fans cheered them on from the stands. Looking like they had awoken from their slumber they began applying some pressure of their own.
Only a fantastic save from Etafia in the 64th minute prevented the Phunya Sele Sele from finding the equaliser. Subsitute, Patrick Malokase, drove down the right flank and provided a pin-point cross to find Tlou Segolela inside the box, but Segolela’s well placed header was brilliantly saved by the outstretched hand of the keeper.
Etafia, however, could do nothing to stop Malokase’s goal nine minutes later. This time Malokase benefited from another good cross as he rose above the Bird’s defence to head his side level, 1-1.
The sides traded blows after that but in the end no side could find the winner as the game ended 1-1.