Bloemfontein Celtic claim 3 away points

Ndumiso Mabena's brace ensured Bloemfontein Celtic claimed the full three points when they beat Polokwane City 2-1 in their Absa Premiership match at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Tuesday night.

The victory for the Bloemfontein-based side means they have five points after two draws and one win, as they sit at No 7 on the log table.

On the other hand, the hosts found the back of the net through Rodney Ramagalela, but it was not enough for them to bag a win.

The two outfits started to attack with high intensity and Celtic managed to get forward, but a shot at goal went wide of goalkeeper George Chigova's posts in the fourth minute.

However, three minutes later, Mabena found the back of the net as he sneaked in behind the hosts’ defence to beat Chigova.

With the hosts looking for an equaliser, they pressed Siwelele and tested keeper Patrick Tignyemb, who was equal to the task and collected the effort after the 17th minute.

In the 28th minute, Ramagalela was not to be denied as he found an equaliser as both sides were battling for possession and the forward used his pace to bypass Celtic's defence and beat Tignyemb with a quality finish.

Despite their efforts to penetrate the hosts’ defence, coach Veselin Jelusic's men were not clinical upfront and the two team were deadlocked at 1-1 at halftime.

Upon their return from the tunnel, neither side had a particularly bright start, but Bernard Molekwa's men fired a shot which went straight to Tignyemb, who collected with ease.

The last 20 minutes of the match saw skipper Jabulani Maluleke dishing out the passes in the heart of the park for Ramagalela, but Celtic were solid at the back.

However, the visitors managed to regain their lead when Mabena completed his brace in the 72nd minute after a loose ball fell for him in the box.

In the end, City failed to secure an equaliser and get a point from the match and they now sit at No 8 with four points from one win and a single draw.

Polokwane City 1
Ramagalela 28'
Bloemfontein Celtic 2
Mabena 7' 72'

Polokwane City: Chigova, Maponyane, Mbonani, Semenya, Hlongwane, Manaka (Vilakazi 56'), Seabi, Mngomezulu, Klaas (Tlolane 46'), Maluleke, Ramagalela
Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Pfumbidzai, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Mabena, Letsoalo (Nyundu 64'), Lubisi, Baloyi, Hotto, Phalane, Motshegwa.