MATCH CENTRE

SAT 25 FEBRUARY 2017, 15:30, DR. MOLEMELA STADIUM

0
VS
3

Celtic beaten at home by Dikwena

by BackPageTXT

Sat February 25, 17:42

Bloemfontein Celtic slumped to a third defeat in their last four Absa Premiership matches when they lost 3-0 at the hands of Platinum Stars at the Dr Molemela Stadium.

Phunya Sele Sele enjoyed most of the ball possession through the match, but they were outclassed and outthought by an efficient and ruthless Dikwena, who leapfrog above them in the standings: the Rustenburg side are up to 11th place on 19 points, while Celtic drop to 13th on 18 points.

Stars claimed the lead in the seventh minute with their first notable attacking opportunity. Gerald Phiri Jr struck a superb left-footed shot direct from a free kick to open the scoring, stunning the home crowd into silence.

And lightning struck twice just two minutes later: Phiri again netted with shot direct from a free kick. This time the Stars player’s shot hit the underside of the crossbar and went in via the body of a hapless Patrick Tignyemb to make it 2-0.

On 14 minutes there was almost another goal direct from a free kick: this time Lantshene Phalane struck a fine shot just over the target as Celtic looked to get themselves back in the game.

The team in green and white enjoyed the majority of possession in the first half, but they lacked the killer instinct in the final third to punish Dikwena, who had defenders Ryan de Jongh and Willem Mwedihanga booked for cynical challenges.

Celtic’s best chance of the half arrived just before the break when Kabelo Mahlasela played a great pass to put Mthokozisi Dube in on goal, but he was denied by a brave save from Mbongeni Mzimela.

Stars suffered a blow early in the second half when Mzimela succumbed to injury and they had to replace him with Cyril Chibwe between the sticks. The new ‘keeper was caught stranded off his line by Deon Hotto just before the hour mark, but the Namibian’s lob came off the top of the crossbar.

That was to be as close as Celtic would come to a goal, with Dikwena adding to their advantage against the run of play in the 75th minute when Robert Ng’ambi’s low cross was turned home by Bongi Ntuli.

The match was suspended for a brief period due to fan misbehaviour in the stands, but the officials and players finished the scheduled playing time to complete the fixture.

Bloemfontein Celtic 0

Platinum Stars (2) 3 (Phiri 7’ 9’, Ntuli 75’)

Celtic: Tignyemb, Mahlasela, Letlabika, Ndengane, Mxoyana, Dube, Phalane (Masuku 81’), Shikweni (Abdul Razak 57’), Hotto, Nyatama, Zuma

Stars: Mzimela (Chibwe 51’), Mlilo, Mwedihanga, De Jongh, Zulu, Mathe, Mere, Ng’ambi, Phiri (Tshabalala 80’), Ntuli, Botes (Mabena 74’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH DR. MOLEMELA STADIUM
BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC GOALS PLATINUM STARS GOALS
Gerald Phiri Jnr (7')
Bongi Ntuli (75')
Gerald Phiri Jnr (9')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
4
BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC STARTING LINEUP PLATINUM STARS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
51'
21
Defender
19
Defender
22
5
Defender
3
Midfielder
27
Defender
72'
2
Midfielder
11
Defender
38'
0
Midfielder
42
Midfielder
7'
9'
80'
0
Midfielder
35
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
81'
8
Midfielder
29'
8
Midfielder
3
Midfielder
71'
28
Midfielder
4
Forward/Striker
75'
0
Midfielder
57'
25
Forward/Striker
74'
9
SUBSTITUTIONS
Fiston Razak Abdul
Forward/Striker
57'
21
Cyril Chibwe
Goalkeeper
51'
32
Khethowakhe Masuku
Midfielder
81'
0
Ndumiso Mabena
Forward/Striker
74'
10
Tintswalo Tshabalala
Defender
80'
14
CARDS
Ryan De Jong
Midfielder
29'
8
Willem Mwedihanga
Defender
38'
0
Solomon Mathe
Midfielder
71'
28
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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