Celtic, Stars share spoils

Bloemfontein Celtic and Platinum Stars played to a 1-1 draw in their Absa Premiership match at the Free State Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The home side took control of the match from the onset, but struggled to break down the Dikwena defence early on.

The first real effort on goal came in the 15th minute when Thapelo Morena fired a long range thunderbolt narrowly over the target.

Ten minutes later Celtic came close again when a shot from the edge of the box by Helder Pelembe struck the woodwork.

The Phunya Sele Sele finally made their pressure tell in the 33rd minute when Lyle Lakay fired a 20-yard free-kick into the bottom corner of the net for his first ever league goal, 1-0.

Five minutes before the break Morena tried his luck from distance once again, but it went inches over the crossbar.

The half ended with Celtic leading 1-0.

Platinum Stars came out attacking at the start of the second half and managed to draw level in the 50th minute when a 25-yard shot from Sibusiso Msomi deflected off Alfred Ndengane to find the back of the net, 1-1.

Ten minutes later Pelembe nearly restored Celtic’s lead when he found some space 16-yards out, but his shot was superbly saved by Mbongeni Mzimela.

Phunya Sele Sele continued to push forward and some slick work by substitute Musa Nyatama saw him dribble his way into the box, but was brilliantly denied in a one-on-one situation with the Dikwena goalkeeper.

Unfortunately, Celtic had to play the last ten minutes with only ten men after Bevan Fransman left the field with a head injury and they had already made all three substitutions.

Neither side could go on to score the winning goal as the points were shared.

Bloemfontein Celtic (1) 1 (Lakay 33’)

Platinum Stars (0) 1 (Msomi 50’)

Teams:

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Fransman, Ndengane, Dube, Bilankulu, Mogapi, Buchanan (Nyatama 66’), Lakay (Shikweni 65’), Pelembe, Morena, Massa (Lamola 74’).

Platinum Stars: Mzimela, Mere, Nhlapo, Gumede, Tshabalala, Madubanya, Msomi, Makudubela (Nyanda 68’), Zongo (Mathe 83), Mabena, Ntuli (Rodgers 46’).