MATCH CENTRE

WED 21 OCTOBER 2015, 19:30, FREE STATE STADIUM

0
VS
1

‘Downs win at Seisa Ramabodu

by BackPageTXT

Wed October 21, 21:53

Mamelodi Sundowns handed Bloemfontein Celtic their first home defeat in the Absa Premiership this season, with Anthony Laffor scoring the only goal of the game at Seisa Ramabodu Stadium on Wednesday night.

Sundowns dominated the entire match, and they should have scored more goals. However, Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb made brilliant saves on the night.

The Brazilians played very well in the opening stages of the game, and they should have taken the lead four minutes into game. But Tignyemb did well to parry away Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse's header.

Zimbabwean midfielder Khama Billiat found his way into the Phunya Sele Sele box in the 14th minute, and forced shot-stopper Tignyemb into a fine save.

Celtic were under pressure, and new Sundowns striker Leonardo Castro unleashed a powerful long range effort three minute before the half-hour mark which sailed over the goalposts.

Seven minutes before the half-time break, Billiat combined brilliantly with his Sundowns teammate Tebogo Langerman, before the former placed his effort wide of the target.

Sundowns winger Keagan Dolly pulled the trigger from range, and his thunderous effort forced the best out of Tignyemb three minutes before the interval.

Fifteen into the second-half, Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane introduced Anthony Laffor and pulled out Themba Zwane, who had a quiet night.

Liberian international Laffor made an immediate impact as he hit the back of the net in the 70th minute after receiving a good pass from his captain Ramahlwe Mphahlele.

Celtic nearly responded with a goal with 15 minutes left on the clock, but Ugandan international goalkeeper Denis Onyango parried Celtic midfielder Keegan Buchanan's effort.

The Brazilians managed to hold onto their slender lead, and emerged 1-0 winners on the night.

Bloemfontein Celtic 0
Mamelodi Sundowns (0) 1 (Laffor 70’)

Celtic: Tignyemb, Fransman, Phalane (Morena 46’), Dube, Bilankulu, Mogapi, Buchanan, Mhango (Pelembe 56’), Ndengane, Lamola, Nyatama (Massa 80’)

Sundowns: Onyango, Arendse, Langerman, Nthethe, Mphahlele, Dolly, Zungu, T. Zwane (Laffor 60’), Kekana, Castro (Ngele 63’), Billiat (Bangaly 83’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH FREE STATE STADIUM
BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC GOALS MAMELODI SUNDOWNS GOALS
28. Anthony Laffor (70')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3
BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC STARTING LINEUP MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
36
Defender
16
16
Midfielder
27
Defender
4
Midfielder
6
Defender
2
Midfielder
8
Defender
6
Midfielder
3
Midfielder
87'
34
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
45 + 1'
8
Forward/Striker
14
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
60'
18
Forward/Striker
57'
25
SUBSTITUTIONS
Anthony Laffor
Midfielder
60'
28
CARDS
Hlompho Kekana
Midfielder
45 + 1'
8
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
GALLERY
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