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Seisa Ramabodu
19/10/2008 15:00

Wayne Arendse of Santos battles for the ball with Moses Spandeel of Celtic.

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Celtic Thrash Nine-Man Santos

Posted: 19 October 2008 Time: 18:27

Bloemfontein Celtic have joined Golden Arrows and Ajax Cape Town in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout after they hammered nine-man Santos 5-0 at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium in Bloemfontein on Sunday afternoon, with Patrick Malokase grabbing the tournament's second hat-trick in as many days.

The midfielder joins Arrows' Richard Henyekane, who hit three against Kaizer Chiefs at the Chatsworth Stadium on Saturday, at the top of the competition's scoring charts, while Mark Mayambela and Soul Mmethi also grabbed a goal each for Phunya Sele Sele.

Santos, who have had a patchy start to the season, could feel aggrieved at having both Musa Otieno and Ryan Chapman sent off within a few minutes of each other in the second half, and conceding a debatable penalty for the fourth goal, but in truth they never looked up for the game and deserve to be falling at the first hurdle in the Telkom Knockout for the second straight year.

After a pedestrian start to the game Celtic had the first genuine shot in anger, Malokase's 15th minute free kick skidding into the arms of Santos goalkeeper Francis Chansa.

Two minutes later Phunya Sele Sele's Cyrille Mubiala could have opened the scoring, rising unmarked to meet Moses Spandeel's cross, but the defender's glancing effort flashed wide of goal.

Malokase turned the game in favour of the hosts just a few minutes before half time. The skilful midfielder beat a defender in a surge into the penalty area before he was tripped up by Zvenyika Makonese, and referee Buyile Gqubule pointed to the spot.

Malokase took on the responsibility of the penalty himself and dispatched into the roof of the net with a powerful strike that gave Chansa no hope of keeping it out.

Just before the break Mayambela doubled Celtic's advantage. The left midfielder took advantage of Romano Scott's inability to deal with a long diagonal ball from the hosts' right flank and he steered a header past Chansa to make it 2-0.

Mayambela was involved in the game's next talking point, inducing fouls from Santos' Otieno in the 57th and 59th minutes that saw the veteran Kenyan defender shown two yellows and a subsequent red card.

Things went from bad to worse for The Peoples' Team just a few minutes later, as Chapman got his marching orders for a second yellow card after pulling back Billy Ratsoana.

Only a terrific save from Chansa prevented Petrus Mahlatsi extending Celtic's lead in the 63rd, but four minutes later Spandeel sprang the offside trap and touched the ball past the DR Congo 'keeper, allowing Malokase to bury the ball into an empty net for his second of the afternoon; 3-0 to Celtic.

Substitute Kenwyn Manuel was perhaps harshly adjudged to have committed a foul in the 73rd minute that gifted Malokase another chance to score from the penalty spot. The 26-year-old gleefully accepted his opportunity and completed his hat-trick with a penalty placed into the bottom right hand corner of Chansa's net.

Mmethi completed the route in the first minute of injury time, skipping inside Makonese and beating Chansa with a neat finish into the bottom corner to make it 5-0.

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