MATCH CENTRE

WED 20 SEPTEMBER 2017, 19:30, DR. MOLEMELA STADIUM

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Celtic suffer first defeat in the Free State

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wed September 20, 21:45

Bloemfontein Celtic suffered their first Absa Premiership defeat at the hands of Baroka FC after their 2-0 loss on Wednesday night at the Free State Stadium.

The first defeat in the 2017/18 campaign for Phunya Sele Sele sees them occupying the 10th spot on the log table with five points from four matches.

However, for the visitors, Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele scored through Sipho Moeti and Mpho Kgaswane as they remain unbeaten in the league.

The first encounter between the two sides in the 2017/18 premiership campaign had a slow start as they both failed to create scoring chances in the opening 10 minutes.

Despite both sides coming from wins ahead of this encounter, they started on a low note as there were no attempts at goal in the opening half hour.

However, Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele broke the deadlock in the 43rd minute as Moeti managed to beat the Celtic goalkeeper, Patrick Tignyemb.

It was 1-0 to the visitors at the interval.

Just after coming back from the dressing room, coach Veselin Jelusic's men emerged with purpose as they intensified their attack.

In the 48th minute, they came close to bagging an equaliser, but Baroka managed to clear their lines at the back, with goalkeeper Virgil Vries producing fine saves.

Despite their push, Celtic failed to use their moves from the midfield to good effect as they were firing blanks towards the final 20 minutes.

However, with five minutes remaining on the clock, Kgaswane doubled the lead for coach Kgoloko Thobejane's men.

Although they pushed numbers upfront to secure a goal, Siwelele's efforts were not enough as they suffered their first defeat of the season at home.

After this win, the 2015/16 First Division champions now sit at the number two on the log standings with 11 points from five matches so far.

Bloemfontein Celtic 0
Baroka FC (1) 2 (Moeti 43', Kgaswane 85')

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Pfumbidzai, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Mabena, Letlabika, Nyundu, Baloyi, Hotto, Phalane, Motshegwa

Baroka FC: Vries, Shaku, Matloga, Ntshangase, Banda, Moeti, Masenamela, Mothupa, Madubanya, Mdantsane, Nguzana

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH DR. MOLEMELA STADIUM
BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC GOALS BAROKA FC GOALS
21. Sipho Moeti (43')
15. Mathari Mothupa (87')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC STARTING LINEUP BAROKA FC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
35
Defender
24
3
Defender
61'
30
22
Defender
87'
15
5
Defender
31
Midfielder
27
Defender
6
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
66'
32
Midfielder
33'
53
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
12
Forward/Striker
82'
10
Midfielder
53'
0
Forward/Striker
68'
28
Midfielder
43'
77'
21
SUBSTITUTIONS
Aphiwe Lubisi
Defender
66'
26
Gift Motupa
Midfielder
53'
12
Victor Letsoalo
Forward/Striker
68'
0
Mahashe Mzwanele
Defender
61'
3
Tshegofatso Mabaso
Forward/Striker
82'
17
Mpho Kgaswane
Midfielder
77'
23
CARDS
Tshepo Mbhazima Rikhotso
Defender
79'
22
Mduduzi Mdatsane
Midfielder
33'
53
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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