Citizens brush Celtic aside in Nedbank

Nedbank Cup

Cape Town City brushed Bloemfontein Celtic aside with a 4-0 thrashing in the Nedbank Cup last 16 on Saturday evening, with a hat-trick from Tashreeq Morris.

Zambian Charles Zulu and Tashreeq Morris got a start for City, as Celtic went with reserve goalkeeper Mondli Mpoto ahead of Sipho Chaine.

Morris looked to make his presence felt minutes in after firing a through ball from Mduduzi Mdantsane into the side-netting.

It wasn’t over for the visitors closer to the half-hour mark when Taariq Fielies headed a cross from Fagrie Lakay over Mpoto’s goal with the visitors unable to clear their lines.

Celtic enjoyed little in the way of clear chances, with City steadfast in their pressure play as Craig Martin drilled a low attempt from a decent area wide.

Mpho Makola, who entered from the bench against Baroka FC last Sunday did so again for the Citizens ahead of the second half with Zulu sacrificed.

Siwelele Sa Masele were made to pay for ill-timed defending on 58 minutes after Morris got ahead of a low cross at the near post to tap beyond Mpoto.

City were nearly pegged back from a curling free-kick outside the area on 66 minutes by Given Mashikinya, but goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh pulled a blinder of a save.

However, Morris allayed their fears two minutes later when he leaped on the end of an in-swinging corner-kick to head into the near corner.

It was three close to the final ten minutes after Thabo Nodada ran onto a through pass from Morris to blast into the near corner of the net.

Celtic searched for a consolation late on, but Morris had the final say when he curled in off the post and into the net from outside the area in added time as it ended.

Confirmed line-ups:

City: Leeuwenburgh, Martin, Fielies, Cupido, Mashego, Mokeke, Nodada, Mdantsane, Zulu, Lakay, Morris.

Subs: Anderson, Mkhize, Kewuti, Shonga, Makola, Roberts, Mobara, Potouridis.

Celtic: Mpoto, Baloyi, Rikhotso, Mahashe, Ngobeni, Mahshikinya, Kobedi, Fikizolo, Masuku, Tchilimbou, Letsoalo.

Subs: Chaine, Phalane, Luthuli, Matjila, Van Der Ross, Sera, Sera, Ndwandwe, Lingwati, Ncobeni.

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