Celtic Claim First Win Of The Season
Absa Premiership Report: Polokwane City v Bloemfontein Celtic 12 September 2017
Result: Polokwane City 1-2 Bloemfontein Celtic
Date: 12 September 2017
Venue: Old Peter Mokaba Stadium
Ndumiso Mabena netted a brace to lead Bloemfontein Celtic to a 2-1 win over Polokwane City in an Absa Premiership clash.
Phunya Sele Sele did not waste time in finding the back of the net as Mabena put them 1-0 up in the seventh minute.
City did not sit back and they searched for an equaliser, constantly in attack after 20 minutes.
Rodney Ramagalela brought Bernard Molekwa's charges level in the 28th minute as the constant pressure paid off.
Chances were few and far between after 35 minutes as both teams became cautious in their play, holding back somewhat.
Edgar Manaka nearly put Rise and Shine ahead in the 42nd minute through a headerthat sailed just over the bar following a cross by Jabulani Maluleke.
Lentshane Phalane had a chance for Celtic in the 56th minute but his drive from just outside the box went slightly off target.
The tempo of the match picked up after 65 minutes with City dominating play going forward.
However, Celtic restored their lead in the 7st minute with Mabena grabbing his second goal of the encounter.
Deon Hotto an opportunity to seal the match for the visitors in the 88th minute following a counter-attack but his curling shot missed slightly wide, as the clash ended 2-1.
Here's how they lined up:
Polokwane: 1. Chigova, 5. Maponyane, 22. Mbonani, 2. Semenya, 24. Hlongwane, 14. Manaka, 21. Seabi, 16. Mngomezulu, 15. Klaas, 8. Maluleke, 17. Ramagalela.
Celtic: 30. Tignyemb, 3. Pfumbidzai, 22. Rikhotso, 27. Ndengane, 10. Mabena, 13. Letsoalo, 26. Lubisi, 35. Baloyi, 7. Hotto, 8. Phalane, 33. Motshegwa.