Stubborn Celtic Dash SuperSport's Title Hopes
Result: SuperSport United 0-0 Bloemfontein Celtic
Date: 03 May 2017
Venue: Lucas Moripe Stadium
SuperSport United were left frustrated, after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Bloemfontein Celtic at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Stuart Baxter's charges control proceedings in the opening 15 minutes but struggled to carve out chances in the 18-yard area.
SuperSport had to wait until the 20th minute for their first meaningful effort on target when Thabo Mnyamane fired a free-kick straight at Patrick Tignyemb.
Mnyamane was proving to be a real threat for the hosts, as he forced Tignyemb into a superb save seven minutes later, just moments before Mpho Maruping went close at the other end for Celtic.
Celtic, meanwhile, got stronger as the half went on and looked particularly lively down the right flank with Lyle Lakay, who put in a number of teasing crosses into the box.
However, the threat of Lakay was not enough in first stanza as Celtic only registered one effort at Ronwen Williams' goal as the sides went into the break goalless.
The second half started in the same fashion as the first with SuperSport setting the tone early on, while Thuso Phala fired wide from 12-yards out in the 52nd minute.
Siwelele had to wait until the 64th minute for their first clear-cut chance of the game when Goodman Dlamini was played through on goal although Williams was on hand to deny the midfielder with a good low save.
Chances were hard to come by for both sides as the second half went on and the tempo of the match dropped significantly after 70 minutes.
However, Tignyemb was called into action after 82 minutes as the Celtic shot-stopper produced a good reflex save to deny Mnyamane from 12-yards out.
That proved to be the final clear-cut chance of the half, as neither side could force a winning goal in the closing stages.
The draw does nothing for SuperSport's title chances, as they remain in fifth spot, while Celtic are now four points clear of bottom place Highlands Park.
Here's how they lined up:
SuperSport: 30. Williams, 5. Boxall, 29. Gould, 4. Daniels, 3. Ritchie (Brockie 59'), 6. Letsholonyane, 28. Mokoena, 16. Modiba, 7. Masango, 13. Phala, 23. Mnyamane.
Celtic: 30. Tignyemb, 4. Nyatama, 6. Maruping, 27. Ndengane, 7. Lakay, 3. Dube, 22. Rikhotso, 8. Phalane, 11. Hotto, 14. Abdoul, 26. Dlamini (Wana 81').