Celtic win takes them up to third
Posted: 12 September 2015 Time: 22:22
Bloemfontein Celtic jumped up to third place on the Absa Premiership table after a 2-0 over Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday night.
Thapelo Morena and Musa Nyatama scored goals five minutes apart just before half-time, and so the scoreline stayed until the final whistle.
It was the home side Maritzburg who started on the attack and showed more hunger towards victory as Kurt Lentjies tried his luck. In the 12th minute he played a great one-two and took a shot but Patrick Tignyemb made a good save.
Celtic tried to come back into the game as Nyatama pulled a powerful shot from range in the 26th minute but unfortunately he missed the target.
Six minutes later Helder Pelembe wasted a good opportunity to give his side the lead but his header got stuck in the side-netting.
In the 40th minute it was Morena who broke the deadlock with a goal that deflected off a Maritzburg defender and Virgil Vries couldn’t hold it.
Then in the dying minutes towards the end of the first half Siwelele doubled their score and this time it came courtesy of Nyatama with a diving head after great ball-work by Lyle Lakay and a cross from Tumelo Mogapi.
In the second half, Mohamed Anas came on for Mondli Cele for the Team of Choice and his first move nearly saw him registering his name on the score sheet, but Vuyani Ntanga cleared ball from the goal-line.
Right on the hour-mark Lakay tried catching Vries off his line but the goalkeeper managed to dive and save the ball. Three minutes later Anas came back again to search for a goal but Tignyemb did well to parry the ball away.
In the last ten minutes of the match it was United that were in charge, with Siyabulela Shai pushing hard for a goal, but Clinton Larsen’s boys were solid at the back.
Substitute John Paintsil, who came on for the injured Kwanda Mngomanya, tried a shot from range but it missed the target as Maritzburg ran out of ideas.
Lerato Lamola wasted a good opportunity to make it 3-0 in the 86th minute as Celtic walked away with the full three points.
HOME: Maritzburg United
Coach: Mandla Ncikazi
AWAY: Bloemfontein Celtic
Coach: Clinton Larsen