PSL match report: Bloemfontein Celtic draw with Free State Stars
Posted: 11 May 2013 Time: 17:10
Joel Mogorosi bagged a brace as Bloemfontein Celtic drew with Free State Stars on Saturday.
The two teams remain on course to finish in the top eight, although Phunya Sele Sele, who twice found themselves in front through goals from Joel Mogorosi, may feel they have dropped two points.
Mogorosi got Celtic off to a flying start, netting from close range in the fourth minute to hand the hosts the advantage and maintain the impressive form he has shown throughout his debut season in South Africa.
Stars almost responded in the ninth minute, but Patrick Tignyemb was able to tip Dove Wome’s free-kick away for a corner.
On the half hour mark Stars drew level, when Mogorosi fouled Wome and picked up a caution. Wome’s subsequent free-kick found big defender Sadate Ouro-Akoriko, who headed home.
Wome continued to threaten from dead ball situations and forced another good save from Tignyemb in the 34th minute.
Just three minutes later, however, Celtic got themselves back in the lead through Mogorosi, who capitalised on an assist from Lyle Lakay on the opposite flank to score from close range once again.
Ea Lla Koto made two changes early in the second half, sending on Noah Chivuta and Anver Esterhuizen in an effort to strengthen their midfield.
On 56 minutes Wome’s cross found Moeketsi Mvula, but the young striker put his header off target.
Ruzaigh Gamildien and Chivuta then had efforts from free-kicks travel just off target as both sides struggled to create opportunities from open play.
However, on 68 minutes, former Celtic man Danny Venter levelled the scores again, beating Tignyemb from just a few metres out after another assist from the lively Wome.
The home side almost reclaimed the lead immediately, with Lakay providing a cross that found the head of Vuyani Ntanga, but his effort was tipped round the post by Mweene.
Stars suffered a blow late in the game when Venter was forced off the pitch with what looked a serious injury. He was replaced by Coldrin Coetzee.