MATCH CENTRE

SAT 23 JANUARY 2016, 15:30, GOBLE PARK

1
VS
0

Mohomi sends Celtic packing

by Staff Reporter

Sat January 23, 17:21

A first half goal by Lucky Mohomi was enough to hand Free State Stars a 1-0 Absa Premiership victory over Bloemfontein Celtic in the Free State derby at Goble Park Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

In the wake of their second win in 2016, Ea Lla Koto now move to the sixth spot on the log table with 21 points whilst Celtic go down to the ninth spot with 17 points.

In the first 10 minutes, both sides displayed good football.

It was the hosts who had the first chance on goal with Bokang Thlone shooting from distance, but Patrick Tignyemb made a good save.

Towards the 20th minute Tshepo Rikhotso nearly broke Andrea Fileccia’s leg in a tackle and was lucky to only get away with a booking.

Fileccia was replaced by Sello Japhta as a result.

In the 22nd minute, Mohomi managed to hand the hosts the lead when he received a pin point pass from the right and made no mistake with just the keeper to beat, 1-0.

The speedy Thapelo Morena used his pace in the 33rd minute to trouble Stars’ defence and made a great move towards the 18-yard area only to see his well struck shot going above the crossbar.

After 40 minutes of action, striker Geoffrey Massa came close to securing an equaliser for Phunya Sele Sele as he unleashed a powerful shot from a set piece, but it was parried away by the keeper.

It was 1-0 at the interval in favour of Giovanni Solinas’ Stars, but the resumption of the second half saw Celtic pushing forward.

However, the Bethlehem side was stable at the back.

In the 52nd minute Mohomi attempted a long range shot, but Tignymeb shepherded it to safety.

Following a good move by Celtic in the 59th minute, Morena was set free and tried to chip the keeper, but Diakite produced a wonderful save.

Towards the 70th minute, substitute Dumisani Zuma tried to beat Diakite on his near post but his attempt lacked power.

The enterprising Nyatama was denied by Dikaite with 12 minutes to go - he received a good pass from Lamola in the box and after turning his man, the former Mamelodi Sundowns’ man disappointingly sent his shot straight at the keeper.

After a few minutes, Zuma was denied by the upright with Diakite ball watching.

Ea Lla Koto were successful in keeping Celtic at bay and claimed the three points as they move to the sixth spot on the log with 21 points.

In the end, Ea Lla Koto held onto their lead, thus claiming the full three points and putting more pressure on their bitter rivals.

Free State Stars: (1) 1 (Mohomi 22’)
Bloemfontein Celtic: (0) 0

Free State Stars: Dia0kite, Nkausu, Thlone, Chabalala, Sankara, Sekola (Makhaula 87’), Masehe, Mashego, Mohomi, Fileccia (Japhta 21’), Ngassa (Venter 62’)

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Fransman, Matuka, Rikhotso, Nyatama, Morena, Shikweni (Lakay 83’, Jooste (Lamola 54’), Ndengane, April, Massa (Zuma 68’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH GOBLE PARK
FREE STATE STARS GOALS BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC GOALS
13. Lucky Mohomi (22')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
30
24
Defender
16
Defender
39'
40
Defender
2
34
22
Defender
18
Midfielder
27
20
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
22'
13
Midfielder
44
Midfielder
87'
23
Midfielder
12
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
83'
25
Forward/Striker
21'
67
Midfielder
55'
11
Forward/Striker
63'
17
Forward/Striker
68'
17
SUBSTITUTIONS
Sello Japhta
Midfielder
21'
28
Lerato Lamola
Forward/Striker
55'
14
Danny Venter
Forward/Striker
63'
8
Dumisani Zuma
Midfielder
68'
42
Makhehlene Makhaula
Midfielder
87'
4
Lyle Lakay
Midfielder
83'
7
CARDS
Davis Nkausu
Defender
39'
40
Tshepo Mbhazima Rikhotso
Defender
17'
22
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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