Aces lose more ground
Posted: 6 February 2016 Time: 15:10
Mpumalanga Black Aces missed the opportunity to close the gap on the League leaders following a goalless draw against Bloemfontein Celtic.
The draw sees AmaZayoni drop behind Bidvest Wits to third on the log standings, while mamelodi Sundowns face Free State Stars on Sunday.
Celtic started like a house on fire, but Aces quickly got into their stride and dominated for most of the 90 minutes.
Bryce Moon was a constant threat for the hosts and after he struck the upright on 16 minutes, the former Bafana Bafana fullback was brilliantly denied by Man of the Match Patrick Tignyemb, who produced an instinctive save from point-blank range.
Serame Letsoaka's men though, had their chances, with Thapelo Morena and Tshepo Rikhotso forcing Shu-Aib Walters into successive saves on the cusp of half-time.
Play was suspended for all of five minutes just before the hour-mark due to heavy rain, with Celtic going close soon after the quick break.
Again Morena led the attack from the counter; the winger playing a one-two with Lerato Lamola, but with the goal gaping, Morena scuffed his effort wide.
Aces bossed possession in the final exchanges with Moon shooting over from inside the area with the final kick of the game, summing up a frustrating day at the office for Muhsin Ertugral’s troops.
HOME: Mpumalanga Black Aces
Coach: Muhsin Ertugral
AWAY: Bloemfontein Celtic
Coach: Serame Letsoaka