Celtic bounce back to down Baroka


Bloemfontein Celtic shrugged off their cup final defeat to bag their second win in the DStv Premiership after beating Baroka FC 2-0 on Wednesday evening.

Celtic made three changes from the MTN8 final defeat to Orlando Pirates, as Thato Lingwati and Victor Letsoalo were both recalled alongside a rare start for Sello Matjila.

Meanwhile, Bakgaga made two alterations, as Cheslyn Jampies and Manuel Kambala returned to the line-up at the expense of Vusi Sibiya and Tshediso Patjie.

Siwelele were looking to climb up the ladder after a disappointing start to their league campaign despite a brilliant run in the MTN8 and victory on penalties against Maniema Union in the CAF Confederation Cup first preliminary round.

Bakgaga on the other hand were looking to gain momentum after their surprisingly good start to the campaign, a stark contrast to the previous season where they avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth.

Neither side could create clear chances in the first stanza and they went to the break goalless.

The game lacked spark in the second stanza and with 20 minutes remaining, John Maduka brought on Sera Motebang in place of Menzi Masuku while Tumelo Mangweni replaced Letsoalo ten minutes later.

Mangweni broke the deadlock for Siwelele nine minutes before time, just after coming on with a left-footed shot from the centre of the box.

Another second-half substitute Tumelo Njoti sealed the three points for Celtic with the second goal in stoppage time and Maduka's men moved up to tenth on the log while Baroka dropped down to seventh.

Confirmed line-ups:

Celtic: Mabokgwane, Mahashe, Matjila, Baloyi, Lingwati, Phalane, Masuku, Luthuli, Letsoalo, Mabena, Potsane.

Subs: Chaine, Mashikinya,  Chabalala, Fikizolo, De Jong, Mangweni, Sera, Njoti, Ndwandwe.

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