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Celtic gives Aces more worries

Posted: 14 January 2011 Time: 22:23

Black Aces remain rooted to the bottom of the Absa Premiership after a 1-0 loss to Bloemfontein Celtic on Friday night.

The game itself was no highlight for South African football and many will quickly forget what transpired on a warm night in Nelspruit.

Neither side was impressive nor were they able to hold onto the ball. Both teams constantly squandered possession in one of the most boring 90 minutes the PSL has witnessed.

In total there were only three shots on goal in the entire match. Aces, in particular, were extremely poor and looked way out of their depth and lucky to only lose by a single goal.


Had Aces faced any other side besides from Celtic they would have lost by a much greater margin.

The home side definitely had the worst possible start and fell behind as early as the ninth minute.

Phunya Sele Sele’s Clifford Mulenga unleashed a thunderbolt from about 35-yards out that found the bottom right hand corner of the goal, 1-0.

Subsequently, Celtic seemed to grow in confidence and for the next ten minutes played some nice football.

This saw the side from Bloemfontein almost doubled their lead in the 16th minute, thanks again to Mulenga who tried his luck from 30-yards out, but the Aces keeper was up to the challenge and made a comfortable save.

Thereafter, however, both sides fell into a rather boring slump as the ball fizzed from one side of the pitch to the other and there was no more action in front of goal.

The second half was not much better and the fans let the players know with their boos and constant demands for more action.

Sadly, neither side could lift their game as they both continued in their dreary fashion. Even the substitutes failed to bring the game to life.

The only excitement in front of goal in the second half came in the 74th minute when David Mathebula squandered a golden opportunity to draw Aces level.

The midfielder found himself in possession 12-yards out from goal, but he failed to find the target with his shot that he dragged just wide.

Five minutes later and the crowd witnessed some more action, this time not in front of goal. Instead Aces problems grew as Bienvenue Tipa was sent from the field after receiving his second yellow card of the match.

The game ended 1-0. The ramifications of the match saw Aces stay rooted to the bottom of the log while Celtic moved up to fifth place.

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