Celtic show character against Platinum Stars
Posted: 10 November 2010 Time: 21:46
Bloemfontein Celtic showed great character to come back from a goal behind to beat Platinum Stars 2-1 on Wednesday.
Two very influential changes by Celtic in the second half, namely super-subs Nathan Paulse and Danny Venter, scored the crucial goals for the Phunya Sele Sele.
Platinum Stars, on the other hand, can feel a little hard done by after leading until the 88th minute of the match.
The visiting side struggled to get hold of the ball early on and looked to be chasing shadows as Celtic controlled possession. Still, despite the home side’s complete control of the game they were unable to break down a resolute Stars defence.
Platinum Stars seemed content to sit back and hit on the counter-attack, but did so with very little success.
Both teams were poor in the final third of the field, and squandered their possession with some poor passing and horrible shots on goal.
The second half, however, was a different affair all together.
Five minutes into the second half and Celtic’s Hlompo Kekana came within inches of scoring when he saw his 25-yard shot just skim the wrong side of the upright.
Then in the 62nd minute the second half really broke into life when Lebo Ramolesa opened the scoring with a pin point shot.
The visiting side broke the deadlock when Ramolesa fired an accurate 18-yard shot into the bottom right-hand corner of the net, 1-0.
Only a brilliant save from Patrick Tignyemb three minutes later prevented his side from going another goal down. The Celtic keeper was at his best diving full stretch to his right to tip a 20-yard Lehlohonolo Thebakang shot around the post.
Thereafter Celtic took the game by the scruff of the neck. Cecil Oerson came extremely close when a powerful shot of his struck the crossbar and appeared to cross the line, but the referee waved away the appeals for a goal.
Finally in the 89th minute Celtic were able to find the equaliser they fully deserved. Danny Venter whipped in an inviting corner-kick and his teammate Nathan Paulse rose highest to powerful head his side level, 1-1.
That made for a final frantic couple of minutes and in the dying seconds of the match Celtic were able to find the winning goal.
Paulse fired a shot goalwards which Kapini was unable to hold onto and punched clear. The ball fell to Venter, 25 yards out, who fired a wonderful shot goalwards that found the bottom right of the goal, 2-1.