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Maritzburg United beat Bloemfontein Celtic

Posted: 7 November 2012 Time: 21:31

Bloemfontein Celtic are still looking for their first away win this season after losing 2-1 to Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday.

After the high of knocking Orlando Pirates out of the Telkom Knockout this past weekend, Phunya Sele Sele picked up where they left off with an early goal from Lennox Bacela, but a brace from Cuthbert Malajila handed the Bloem side their fourth defeat from five away matches.

Celtic got off to a flying start and opened the scoring in the third minute. Bacela picked up on a pass from Mduduzi Nyanda before sending a curling right-footed shot beyond the reach of Shuaib Walters.

The Team of Choice recovered from Celtic’s early blitz and got themselves level in the 17th minute. Orlando Smeekes teed-up Malajila and the Zimbabwean striker beat Patrick Tignyemb with a low shot into the bottom corner.

The goal inspired Maritzburg to move up a couple of gears and they duly took the lead for the first time on 25 minutes when Malajila netted his second, latching onto a pass from strike partner Terrence Mandaza before beating the keeper.

Maritzburg shuffled their midfield at half-time, introducing Ryan De Jong in place of on-loan Kaizer Chiefs player Mthokozisi Yende. De Jong almost extended his side’s advantage on 63 minutes with a lob that hit the woodwork.

Celtic used Letladi Madubanya, Siyabonga Nontshinga and Lyle Lakay off their substitutes’ bench, but were unable to create any clear scoring chances with which to get back on level terms.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:49 pm
congrts to united. As 4 Celtic thats wat u get 4 messn wit Bucs
posted: 10:05 pm
All these teams play 10 percent harder when they play against Pirates just to lose the next game, just watch how FSS are gonna play yet they will lose. Everyone wants to beat the CHAMPS
posted: 10:13 pm
ke lesele sani
posted: 03:55 am
they still over excited,good job United
posted: 06:02 am
Are u telling us now that ur team will loose against FSS.........kikikikiki
posted: 07:29 am
well da search is still on 4 dose elusive away points, but 2 da technical team i'm just happy dat u went 2 dis game with a different line-up. this shows me dat there's a lot of soul-searching & i hope we'll make it up on sunday. keep ur heads up team there's long road ahead of us
posted: 08:45 am
teams like Celtics are not deserving to play in the PSL they ony u the ir games when playing big teams.
posted: 09:51 am
RSA teams can be so pathetic!!! they only play their best when they play certain teams and after that its a total collapse, this celtic team will not win the TKO cup...mediocre at its best
kingtebza the buccaneer
posted: 11:08 am
Riduculous,Celtic are now the spoilers of the PSL.Hype yourself up for Bucs or Chiefs and then lose to Maritzburg!!!
posted: 03:52 pm
Siwelele e a bora, only up their socks when they play chiefs & Pirates. Coome end of the season they'll be fighting for relegation with Sundowns. Ke dintwana tsele tse tellang Magrootman but di hlola ke dithaka tsa bona..yerrrrr
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