MATCH CENTRE

WED 07 MARCH 2018, 19:30, DR. MOLEMELA STADIUM

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Celtic beaten at home by 10-man Polokwane

by Graeme Jackson

Wed March 07, 21:32

Bloemfontein Celtic were beaten 2-0 by a 10-man Polokwane City in an Absa Premiership clash at Dr Molemela Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Despite playing the last third of the match with a numerical disadvantage, Rise and Shine claimed the victory and moved up three places to 11th on the log – just two positions and two points behind Phunya Sele Sele.

Celtic made most of the early play, though they had little show for their efforts, with arguably their best attacking moment an 11th-minute long-range shot from Lucky Baloyi which went high and wide of the target.

Against the run of play, Polokwane claimed the lead in the 30th minute: overlapping right-back Thabiso Semenya picked up a fine pass from Salulani Phiri, managed to find some space in the penalty area and stabbed a shot beyond the reach of Patrick Tignyemb to make it 1-0.

The hosts should have levelled the game five minutes later when a poor attempt at a clearance from Thapelo Tshilo gave Ronald Pfumbidzai a sight of goal from close range, but his tame effort was saved by George Chigova.

City doubled their advantage on 38 minutes through a controversial goal, as Sibusiso Sikhosana flicked the ball goalward from close range, Tignyemb collected the effort but appeared to roll over the line as he did so. The assistant referee awarded the goal, though television replays suggest it was a debatable decision.

Celtic made a double change early in the second half, with Jacky Motshegwa and Victor Letsoalo coming off the bench to boost their attack, while Rise and Shine were reduced to 10 men just past the hour mark when Sikhosana picked up a needless second yellow card and was sent off.

The hosts naturally dominated play after their opponents were numerically reduced, but City continued to pose a threat on the counter attack and Celtic needed Tignyemb to make a sharp save on 74 minutes to keep out a powerful drive from Rodney Ramagalela.

Celtic will be in action again on Sunday when they face Richards Bay in the Nedbank Cup, while City will have the weekend off after exiting the competition at the hands of Ubuntu Cape Town last month.

Bloemfontein Celtic 0
Polokwane City (2) 2 (Semenya 30’, Sikhosana 38’)

Celtic: Tignyemb, Molekwane (Jembula 74’), Rikhotso, Gordinho, Pfumbidzai, Masuku (Letsoalo 51’), Phalane, Baloyi, Hotto, Mabena, Mabaso (Motshegwa 50’)

Polokwane: Chigova, Semenya, Sikhosana, Tshilo, Hlongwane, Chungwa (Ndou 46’), Phiri, J. Maluleke (Manaka 85’), Seabi, Ramagalela, Tlolane (Mbonani 65’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH DR. MOLEMELA STADIUM
BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC GOALS POLOKWANE CITY GOALS
2. Thabiso Semenya (30')
33. Sibusiso Sikhosana (38')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 5 1
BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC STARTING LINEUP POLOKWANE CITY STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
39'
30
Goalkeeper
55'
1
26
Defender
38'
54'
63'
33
Defender
35
Defender
30'
2
3
Defender
51'
4
Defender
74'
2
Midfielder
68'
85'
8
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
21
Midfielder
51'
15
Midfielder
24
Midfielder
8
Forward/Striker
45 + 1'
46'
9
Forward/Striker
10
Forward/Striker
65'
10
Forward/Striker
50'
17
Forward/Striker
17
SUBSTITUTIONS
Jacky Motshegwa
Midfielder
50'
32
Rendani Ndou
Forward/Striker
46'
19
Victor Letsoalo
Forward/Striker
51'
0
Sibusiso Mbonani
Defender
65'
22
Sipho Jembula
Midfielder
74'
38
Edgar Manaka
Midfielder
85'
14
CARDS
Patrick Tignyemb
Goalkeeper
39'
30
Dominic Chungwa
Forward/Striker
45 + 1'
9
Thapelo Tshilo
Defender
51'
4
Sibusiso Sikhosana
Defender
54'
33
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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