Celtic, Stars in stalemate
Posted: 23 August 2015 Time: 13:55
Platinum Stars fought their way back to draw 1-1 with Bloemfontein Celtic in the Absa Premiership on Sunday afternoon.
Lyle Lakay opened the scoring with a fine free-kick in the 33rd minute at Free State Stadium.
However, Sibusio Msomi equalised with a deflected strike shortly after the break to earn a share of the spoils for Dikwena.
Celtic coach Clinton Larsen, who handed debuts to Geofrey Massa and Vusi Shikweni, will be sweating over the fitness of Bevan Fransman, who was forced off with a head injury late on.
Neither team offered much in attack early on with the first attempt on goal only coming in the 15th minute after Celtic’s Thapelo Morena fired inches over from distance.
Helder Pelembe was bitterly unlucky not to find the back of the net in the 26th minute when a ferocious 18-yard strike from him struck the post.
Lakay then registered his first ever League goal for Celtic when he fired a 20-yard free-kick into the corner of the net.
Morena tried to double his side’s lead in the 40th minute, but his shot from distance once again went narrowly wide of goal.
Stars nearly pulled a goal back just before the half-time whistle when Isaac Nhlapo met a left-wing cross with a strong header, but an acrobatic save from Patrick Tignyemb denied him.
The away team started the second half at a high pace and cancelled out Celtic’s lead when Msomi saw his deflected shot from distance deflect off Alfred Ndengane to find the back of the net.
Ten minutes later Pelembe nearly restored Celtic’s lead when he found some space 16-yards out, but his shot was superbly saved by Mbongeni Mzimela.
Phunya Sele Sele continued to push forward and some slick work by substitute Musa Nyatama saw him dribble his way into the box, but he was brilliantly denied in a one-on-one situation with the Dikwena goalkeeper.
Celtic had to play the last 10 minutes with only ten men after Fransman left the field with a head injury and they had already made all three substitutions.
HOME: Bloemfontein Celtic
Coach: Clinton Larsen
AWAY: Platinum Stars
Coach: Cavin Johnson