MATCH CENTRE

THU 24 SEPTEMBER 2015, 17:00, FREE STATE STADIUM

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Massa’s strike downs Ezenkosi

by Staff Reporter

Thu September 24, 19:11

A first half rocket by Geoffrey Massa was enough to give Bloemfontein Celtic the three points when they beat Jomo Cosmos 1-0 at the Free State stadium on Thursday.

Both sides started the game on a low note with good passes exchanged in the middle of the park, however, Wandisile Letlabika’s cross was too strong in search of Lerato Lamola in the 13thminute.

Six minutes later, Thabang Monare's long range effort could not hit the target or give goalkeeper Patrick Tignymeb something to work on as the visitors started settling in the game.

With the game not really producing clear cut chances and lacking creativity in the middle of the park, Musa Nyatama took a shot but it lacked precision as it went wide off the left of the post.

Jomo Sono’s men tried to get in the game and forced Celtic to defend too deep when Tebogo Makobela delivered a great cross, but Tignyemb picked up the ball with ease.

On the half-hour mark Geoffrey Massa netted the opener for Clinton Larsen’s men, grabbing his first goal in Phunya Sele Sele colours since joining from University of Pretoria, following a long clearance by the Cameroonian keeper Tignyemb.

Ezenkosi had a chance to level matters before the interval when Letlabika handled the ball in the box and the referee pointed to the spot, but Denver Mukamba saw his penalty save as Tignyemb guessed the right direction.

Siwelele went into the tunnel at half time leading 1-0.

The second stanza also started on a low note, but it was the visitors who threatened first when Wiseman Maluleke unleashed a powerful shot from the edge of the, box but Tignyemb tipped it over the bar.

In the 53rd minute, Lamola had a wonderful opportunity to make it two for the hosts, but he was denied by the upright with Sherywn Naicker beaten.

In search of their second goal, Siwelele were spurred on by the crowds and a great interchange of passes towards the box saw Lamola failing to finish the move as he fell in the box and was booked for simulation.

In the dying minutes, the visitors continued to probe for an equaliser, but it wasn’t meant to be as they return home empty handed.

Following the victory, Siwelele now move to the fourth spot on the log with 10 points and Ezenkosi remain rooted at the bottom of the log with one point from five matches.

Bloemfontein Celtic: (1) 1 (Massa 30’)

Jomo Cosmos: (0) 0

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Fransman, Ndengane, Letlabika (Rikhotso 79’), Bilankulu, Lamola, Ntanga, Buchanan (Zuma 64’), Massa (Pelembe 64’) , Matuka, Nyatama

Jomo Cosmos: Naicker, Mngomezulu, Lingwati, Nsabiyumva, Jampies, Sithole (B. Sono 81’), Maluleke (Madonsela 75’), Monare, Makobela, Mashumba, Mukamba (Aka 58’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH FREE STATE STADIUM
BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC GOALS JOMO COSMOS GOALS
17. Geofrey Massa (30')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 3
BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC STARTING LINEUP JOMO COSMOS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
89
Defender
16
Defender
85'
25
Defender
2
Defender
79'
5
Defender
14
Midfielder
27
Defender
22'
19
Midfielder
64'
6
Defender
81'
54
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
12
Midfielder
15
Midfielder
18
Forward/Striker
30'
64'
17
Midfielder
4
Forward/Striker
75'
14
Midfielder
81'
86
Forward/Striker
51'
58'
30
SUBSTITUTIONS
Dumisani Zuma
Midfielder
64'
42
Brice Aka
Forward/Striker
58'
27
Helder Pelembe
Forward/Striker
64'
24
Nkanyiso Madonsela
Midfielder
81'
26
Tshepo Mbhazima Rikhotso
Defender
79'
22
Bamuza Sono
Goalkeeper
81'
20
CARDS
Lerato Lamola
Forward/Striker
75'
14
Thato Lingwati
Defender
22'
19
Denver Mukamba
Forward/Striker
51'
30
Cheslyn Jampies
Defender
85'
25
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
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