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Maritzburg Send Celtic Packing To Reach Nedbank Cup Semis

Nedbank Cup Report: Maritzburg United v Bloemfontein Celtic, 31 March 2018

By Soccer Laduma - Mar 31, 2018 05:25 PM

Nedbank Cup


Full Time: Maritzburg United 2-1 Bloemfontein Celtic

Date: 18 March 2018

Venue: Harry Gwala Stadium

Martizburg United progressed to the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup after beating Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

It was the perfect start for the Team of Choice, who took the lead in the first minute after Lebohang Maboe worked some space for himself on the edge of the box before firing into the corner of the net, 1-0.

After that, the game fell into a bit of a lull as neither side were able to maintain possession and often gifted the ball back to the opposition with some wayward passing.

The next decent effort on goal only came on the half-hour mark when Alfred Ndengane met a right-sided cross, but his 16-yard effort sailed inches over the crossbar.

Celtic threw numbers forward in the final 10 minutes of the half and came close to scoring in the 42nd minute when Ronald Pfumbidzai unleashed a powerful long-range effort, but his low drive shaved the wrong side of the post.

The half ended 1-0 in favour of Maritzburg.

Celtic continued to pile on the pressure in the second half, but despite all their possession they failed to really create any significant goal scoring chances.

Instead, the visitors wasted possession with woeful passing and poor shooting.

Nonetheless, Celtic pushed forward and were rewarded for their efforts when Jacky Motshegwa scored the equaliser in the 76th minute after a clinical finish following a corner-kick, 1-1.

Celtic’s joy, though, only lasted four minutes with Maritzburg re-taking the lead courtesy of a goal scored by Andrea Fileccia after latching onto a pin-point pass from Maboe, 2-1.

The visitors, once again, tried to find their way back into the game, but were unable to penetrate the Maritzburg defence and exited the Nedbank Cup competition.

Here is how they line up.

Maritzburg: 31 Ofori, 6 Tlhone (10 Atouba 82’), 25 Xulu, 25 Shandu, 23 De Reuck, 15 Maboe, 8 Ndlovu, 11 Makaringe, 14 Matima, 9 Fileccia (22 Mokate 92’), 28 Mekoa (36 Kunene 71’).

Subs: 1 Mpandle, 12 Van Wyk, 22 Mokate, 29 McDonald, 18 Eksteen, 10 Atouba, 36 Kunene.

Celtic: 34 Dambe, 3 Pfumbidzai, 25 Rikhotso, 27 Ndengane, 22 Gordinho, 26 Lubisi (33 Motshegwa 56’), 4 Dlamini, 35 Baloyi (55 Mabasa 83’), 7 Hotto, 6 Maruping, 45 Nyundu (10 Mabena 53’).

Subs: 30 Tignyemb, 23 Shikweni, 55 Mabasa, 33 Motshegwa, 10 Mabena, 24 Maema, 13 Letsoalo.


Match Centre

Maritzburg United
Full Time
31 Mar 2018 15:30 Harry Gwala Stadium Nedbank Cup
Bloemfontein Celtic
View Match

1’ Lebohang Maboe

80’ Andrea Fileccia

76’ Jacky Motshegwa

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Our next game is against maritzburg k4l
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Daniel D Apr 01, 2018 01:46 AM
This is the best team of choice In history!!
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scoreman99 Mar 31, 2018 06:43 PM
SA refs were earning peanuts 7 years back who will refuse a fat gold envelope delivered by the fat bobstew?now I retired rich and able to finish building my house,concluded former ref Buyile Gqubule
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Mandie07 Mar 31, 2018 06:35 PM
All right
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Skeem Sa HDK Mar 31, 2018 06:30 PM
Now all eyes on the biggest but under achieving team in the PSL. All our enemies now are looking forward to seeing us losing to Baroka. No complaints coz that's what I feel too about them when they play. Viva the Glamour Boys !
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scoreman99 Mar 31, 2018 06:27 PM
one between maritzburg nd Free state stars is going to play the final
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Skeem Sa HDK Mar 31, 2018 06:24 PM
Gordinho, Gordinho, Gordinho! This guy is costing Celtic like he was doing at Chiefs. His tackles are perfect but his positioning leaves a lot yo be desired. This makes him to be always a second or two late and puts other teammates including a goalkeeper in a panic mode.
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Golden Boots Mar 31, 2018 06:22 PM
That's Ma Team!
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setlaboswana Mar 31, 2018 06:12 PM
@PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN, if feliccia is too good for Maritzburg Utd, he is XXXtoo good for fau. How many times must I state that Kaizer 's club is no more, your are only left with the name?
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Myaka weliPhefeni Mar 31, 2018 05:59 PM
Dankie homeboyz
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This Feleccia is Now to good for Maritzburg......he deserves to play for Chiefs end of story Akere
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skols Mar 31, 2018 05:34 PM
Your publication is really a Mickey mouse.. You people failed to give us the starting 11 and the match updates but now that the game is over ya'l come out running with results
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Mcolisi Mr Nice Dlamini Mar 31, 2018 03:38 PM
mmmh early goal for maritzburg

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