Celtic See Off Richards Bay To Reach Nedbank Cup Quarters
Nedbank Cup Report: Bloemfontein Celtic v Richards Bay, 11 March 2018
Nedbank Cup Last 16
Full Time: Bloemfontein Celtic 3-1 Richards Bay
Date: 11 March 2018
Venue: Dr Molemela Stadium
Bloemfontein Celtic progressed to the quarter-finals of the Nedbank Cup after beating Richards Bay 3-1 in a Last 16 match at the Dr Molemela Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The home side started positively with the first shot on goal in the 10th minute, but Ali Abondo saw his powerful shot from the edge of the box go just past the post.
A minute later the action was at the other end of the park with Richard Bay’s Khayelihle Shozi trying his luck from range, but his effort also flew inches wide of the target.
Richards Bay controlled the flow and pace of the game after that, but they struggled to break down a well-organised Celtic defence.
Instead, the goal came at the other end five minutes before the break, very much against the run of play, when Mpho Maruping found the back of the net for Celtic with a clinical finish, 1-0.
The half ended with Celtic in the lead.
Richards Bay came out attacking in the second half and came close to equalising in the 56th minute when a low 20-yard shot from Gregory Roelf skimmed the wrong side of the woodwork.
With the visitors pushing forward, they left themselves exposed at the back and they were made to pay four minutes from time as Celtic wrapped-up the tie with an exquisite finish from Neo Maema, 2-0.
The icing on the cake for the home side was their third goal, scored by Kabelo Dlamini after a well-worked passing move in the 90th minute, 3-0.
Richards Bay did find the back of the net in the dying seconds of the match courtesy of a strike from Thabiso Nkoana, but it was too little, too late as the match ended 3-1.
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Here is how they line up.
Celtic: 34. Dambe, 15. Pfumbidzai, 12. Jembula (33. Motshegwa 72’), 13. Letsoalo, 18. Mashikinya (8. Phalane 78’), 2. Molekwane, 26. Lubisi, 27. Ndengane, 6. Maruping, 87. Abondo (24. Maema 59’), 4. Dlamini.
Subs: 31. Chaine, 33. Motshegwa, 8. Phalane, 45. Nyondo, 17. Mabaso, 22. Rikhotso, 24. Maema.
Richards Bay: 16. X Ngcobo, 2. Mtebule, 22. Ralebakeng, 3. N Ngcobo, 4. Mthethwa, 35. Abubakar, 17. Shozi (26. Mensah 70’), 12. Madondo, 9. Roelf, 10. Ntuli (32. Nkoana 80’), 10. Muishond (6. Cele 74’).
Subs: 1. Mthembu, 26. Mensah, 71. Shange, 29. Jampies, 6. Cele, 25. Mcineka, 32. Nkoana.