Celtic punish Maritzburg

Bloemfontein Celtic continued to add stress in the Maritzburg United home as they beat them 2-0 in their Absa Premiership encounter on Saturday night at the Harry Gwala Stadium.

It was the home side Maritzburg who started on the attack and showed more hunger towards victory as Kurt Lentjies tried his luck.

In the 12th minute United played a great one-two going forward and Patrick Tignyemb made a good save to stop Lentjies from giving them the lead.

Celtic tried to come back in the game as Musa Nyatama pulled a powerful shot from range in the 26th minute but unfortunately he missed the target.

Six minutes later Pelembe wasted a good opportunity to give his side the lead but his header got stuck in the side netting.

In the 40th minute it was Morena who broke the deadlock with a goal that deflected from a Maritzburg United defender and Virgil Vries couldn’t hold it.

Just in the dying minutes towards the end of the first half Siwelele doubled their score and this time it came courtesy of Nyatama with a diving head after a great ball work by Lyle Lakay and Tumelo Mogapi.

In the second half, Mohamed Anas came in for Mondli Cele and his first move nearly saw him registering his name on the score sheet, but Vuyani Ntanga cleared ball from the goal line.

In the 60th minute Lakay tried catching Vries off his line but the goalkeeper managed to dive and save the ball.

Three minutes later Anas came back again to search for a goal but Tignyemb did well to parry the ball away.

In the last ten minutes of the match it was United that were in charge, with Shai pushing hard for a goal, but Clinton Larsen’s boys were solid at the back.

Substitute John Paintsil, who came in for the injured Kwanda Mngomanya, tried a long shot from range but it missed the target.

In the 86th minute Lerato Lamola wasted another good scoring opportunity. Despite this missed chance, Celtic ended up walking away with the full three points.

Maritzburg United 0

Bloemfontein Celtic (2) 2 (Morena 40’, Nyatama 45’)

Teams:

Maritzburg United: Vries, Mngonyama (Paintsil 67’), Teyise, P. Zulu, Mkhize, Lentjies (Makaringe 74’), Shai, Mokate, Cele (Anas 45’), De Jong, Mekoa

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Fransman, Mogapi, Bilankulu, Letlabika, Nyatama, Lakay, Morena (Dube 59’), Ntanga (Phalane 49’), Ndengane, Pelembe (Lamola 75’)