Celtic steal win over SuperSport

Premiership

Bloemfontein Celtic beat SuperSport United 2-1 in a DStv Premiership encounter at Dr Molemela Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

It was a tightly contested first-half as both sides enjoyed a fairly equal share of possession and chances to score, but both goalkeepers managed to keep the opposition at bay.

Sipho Mbule nearly found the opener with a powerfully driven right-footed shot just before the half-time break but Sipho Chaine was equal to the task.

Celtic broke the deadlock just seconds into the second half as Reagan Van Der Ross wrong-footed Ronwen Williams before finding the roof of the net on his full Celtic debut.

SuperSport eventually made their imprint on the scoresheet 11 minutes later with Lucky Mohomi neatly curling home from the edge of the 18-yard area after collecting Chaine's clearance from a corner.

Grobler nearly found his 13th of the season but for a last-gasp clearance off the line from Mahashe on the hour-mark, before Celtic withdrew their goal scorer for Harris Tchilimbou.

Motebang Sera nearly restored the hosts' lead in the 70th minute with a powerful drive that beat Williams but only to be denied by the upright.

There was a spot of bother for coach John Maduka in the 74th minute as Chaine clattered into Thamsanqa Gabuza during a 50-50 challenge on the edge of the box.

Siwelele eventually struck through Sera, who was on hand to tap home from Tchilimbou's well-placed cross, although replays showed that the linesman miss a massive off-side call on both players.

 

Matsatsantsa had a desperate shout for a penalty in the dying minutes as Bradley Grobler went down under a soft challenge in the box but referee Phillip Tinyani waved it away.

Ryan De Jongh then had a chance at a third for Celtic but Williams pulled off a solid block, with the game ending in victory for the Free State-based outfit.

Line-ups:

Celtic XI: Chaine, Rikhotso, Mahashe, Lingwati, Ngobeni, Baloyi ©️, Van Der Ross (Tchilimbou 61'), Kobedi, Mashikinya (De Jongh 83'), Masuku (Sera 67'), Letsoalo (Chabalala 84')

Subs: Mpoto, Luthuli, Matjila, Ndwandwe, Fikizolo

SuperSport XI: Williams ©️, Nhlapo, Fleurs, Ditlokwe, Mahachi, Mohomi (Webber 85'), Mbule, Waiswa (Gabuza 55'), Rusike (Phillips 73'), Lungu, Grobler

Subs: Chigova, Moralo, Khumalo

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