MATCH CENTRE

WED 14 SEPTEMBER 2016, 19:30, GOBLE PARK

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Free State Stars hold Bloemfontein Celtic in Bethlehem

by BackPageTXT

Wed September 14, 21:21

Free State Stars put in a strong defensive showing to hold regional rivals Bloemfontein Celtic to a goalless draw in their Absa Premiership match at Goble Park in Bethlehem on Wednesday evening.

The result sees both teams pick up their first point of the season after suffering losses in their respective opening league matches last month.

Celtic settled in the game quicker than their hosts and proceeded to create the better chances in the first half, though Stars goalkeeper Thela Ngobeni put in an impressive display to ensure the teams went into the interval locked at 0-0.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns man pulled one particularly fine save to keep out a goal-bound header from Alfred Ndengane in the 23rd minute, while Stars were also lucky not to concede a penalty just before the break when Moketsi Sekola seemed to get away with handling the ball in his own 18-yard area.

Celtic had a great chance to open the scoring nine minutes into the second half, but Musa Nyatama’s fearsome volley was brilliantly blocked by David Booysen – but at cost, as the defender had to be stretchered off and substituted soon afterwards.

Yet that was as good as it got for Phunya Sele Sele, whose lack of precision and imagination in the final third saw them forced to settle for a draw in a match they otherwise dominated.

Free State Stars 0

Bloemfontein Celtic 0

Stars: T. Ngobeni, K. Mashego, D. Nkausu, D. Booysen (R. Rakoti 54’), B. Thlone, A. Ella (T. Lwana 84’), N. Vilakazi, C. Kampi, G. Dlamini (T. Sekotlong 46’), M. Sekola, H. Kiiza

Celtic: P. Tignyemb, W. Letlabika, T. Rikhotso, M. Dube, S. Mxoyana, K. Masuku (D. Hotto 59’), A. Ndengane, K. Mahlasela, L. Lakay (M. Mvula 80’), M. Nyatama (V. Shikweni 86’), F. Abdul Razak

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH GOBLE PARK
FREE STATE STARS GOALS BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
32
Goalkeeper
30
Defender
74'
24
Defender
26'
19
Defender
40
Midfielder
84'
45
5
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
46'
26
Midfielder
35
20
Midfielder
59'
0
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
80'
7
Midfielder
50
Midfielder
3
Midfielder
86'
4
Forward/Striker
21
SUBSTITUTIONS
Thokozani Sekotlong
Midfielder
46'
7
Deon Hotto
Midfielder
59'
11
Tholang Lwana
Midfielder
84'
14
Moeketsi Mvula
Forward/Striker
80'
28
Vusi Shikweni
Midfielder
86'
25
CARDS
Bokang Thato Thlone
Defender
74'
24
Sibusiso Mxoyana
Defender
26'
19
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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