MATCH CENTRE

SAT 12 MAY 2018, 15:00, DR. MOLEMELA STADIUM

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Siwelele fail to reach top eight with a draw against Sundowns

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sat May 12, 17:23

Bloemfontein Celtic could not reach the top eight as they drew 0-0 against Mamelodi Sundowns in their final Absa Premiership encounter at Dr. Molemela Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

In the wake of the draw, Veselin Jelusic's men now sit 10th on the log table with 37 points on the log table after 30 matches as they wrap their 2017/18 PSL campaign.

Although they were looking to lift their coveted trophy with a win, the Brazilians dominated the proceedings in terms of touches, but could not trouble Patrick Tignyemb in the opening 10 minutes.

Roggert Nyundu had a wonderful opportunity to put the hosts ahead when a defence-splitting pass found him unmarked on his way to the goal, but Kennedy Mweene came out to clear the danger in the 11th minute.

With the champions struggling to break down the hosts’ defence, it was Deon Hotto could not keep his effort on target.

Sundowns would show their intentions upfront after the 30th minute as they looked to penetrate Siwelele’s defence, but Tigyemb produced a fine save to deny Jeremy Brockie.

On the stroke of half time, Oupa Manyisa’s set piece failed to hit the target as the midfielder targeted Tignyemb’s far post.

There were no goals in the opening half.

Upon their return from the tunnel, the Brazilians nearly scored when George Lebese’s effort was cleared on the line by Siwelele.

Good football from the hosts after the hour mark on the far left saw them break down the visiting defence, but a cross failed to reach the penalty area.

Skipper Hlompho Kekana was introduced for Tiyani Mabunda and he tried his trademark shots, but failed to keep it on target with three minutes to go.

For the eight time champions, they now finish at the summit with 60 points at the summit after the 30 games.

Bloemfontein Celtic 0
Mamelodi Sundowns 0

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Letsoalo, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Gordinho, Pfumbizai, Motshegwa (Masuku 74’), Shikweni, Hotto (Dlamini 67’), Phalane, Nyundu

Mamelodi Sundowns: Mweene, Zulu, Ngcongca, Bangaly, Arendse, Mabunda (Kekana 87’), Lebese (Laffor 76’), Brockie (Sekotlong 84’), Manyisa, Morena, Tau

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH DR. MOLEMELA STADIUM
BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC GOALS MAMELODI SUNDOWNS GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 1
BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC STARTING LINEUP MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
1
26
Defender
20
3
Defender
21
22
Defender
28'
29
Midfielder
27
Defender
6
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
76'
17
Midfielder
56'
74'
32
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
55'
8
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
25
Midfielder
27
Forward/Striker
28
Midfielder
87'
13
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
84'
19
SUBSTITUTIONS
Given Mashikinya
Midfielder
55'
17
Anthony Laffor
Midfielder
76'
28
Menzi Masuku
Forward/Striker
74'
50
Thokozani Sekotlong
Forward/Striker
84'
37
Hlompho Kekana
Midfielder
87'
8
CARDS
Tshepo Mbhazima Rikhotso
Defender
44'
22
Soumahoro Bangaly
Defender
28'
29
Jacky Motshegwa
Midfielder
56'
32
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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