MATCH CENTRE

SAT 22 DECEMBER 2018, 18:00, CAPE TOWN STADIUM

3
VS
2

Ralani show leads City past Celtic

by Staff Reporter

Sat December 22, 21:00

Cape Town City capped their year with a thrilling 3-2 Absa Premiership win over Bloemfontein Celtic at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.

The hosts were 2-0 down at the break, but rallied following the interval to claim all three points and duly climb up to eighth place on the log standings, a point behind Siwelele, who suffered their fourth defeat in succession.

Phunya Sele Sele hit the front as early as the fifth minute through Ndumiso Mabena who profited from a goalkeeping howler by Peter Leeuwenburgh.

The visitors doubled their lead to the shock of the home fans in the 17th minute. Given Mashikinya darted into the area before sliding the ball past Leewenburgh to bag a goal against his former employers.

City, though, found their groove just before the hour mark and cut the deficit in half thanks to a goal from Siphelele Mthembu. The burly forward squeezed in between two defenders before nodding home for his fifth goal of the league season.

Surprise Ralani then turned the game on it's head with two goals in as many minutes.

The Citizens winger fired home from an acute angle in the 72nd minute to pull the hosts level before completing his brace with a composed finish after darting through on goal.

City duly held on to claim all three points as pressure continues to mount on Siwelele who look a distance off the side that started the season in such devastating fashion.

Cape Town City (0) 3 (Mthembu 59' Ralani 72' 74')

Bloemfontein Celtic (2) 2 (Mabena 5' Mashikinya 17')

Cape Town City: Leeuwenburgh; Mkhize, Dove, Fielies, Seedat, Nodada, Modise (Rusike 60'), Ralani, Patosi (Roberts 70'), Norodien (Links 53'), Mthembu.

Bloemfontein Celtic: Dambe; Sam, Letlabika, Lingwati, Rikhotso, Baloyi, Mashikinya (De Jongh 66'), Dlamini (Maema 36'), Phalane, Mabena, Masuku (Mangweni 81').

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH CAPE TOWN STADIUM
CAPE TOWN CITY FC GOALS BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC GOALS
25. Siphelele Mthembu (59') 18. Given Mashikinya (17')
11. Bradley Ralani (72') 10. Ndumiso Mabena (5')
11. Bradley Ralani (74')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 1
CAPE TOWN CITY FC STARTING LINEUP BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
34
Defender
54'
5
Defender
27'
13
Defender
12
Defender
0
Defender
2
Midfielder
70'
10
5
Midfielder
72'
74'
11
Midfielder
17'
66'
18
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
36'
4
Midfielder
53'
17
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
60'
8
Midfielder
35
Midfielder
90 + 4'
26
Forward/Striker
81'
50
Forward/Striker
59'
25
Forward/Striker
5'
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
Gift Links
Midfielder
53'
7
Neo Maema
Midfielder
36'
24
Matthew Rusike
Forward/Striker
60'
9
Ryan De Jong
Midfielder
66'
0
Shane Roberts
Midfielder
70'
29
Tumelo Mangweni
Midfielder
81'
29
CARDS
Dove Edmilson
Defender
54'
5
Bongani Sam
Defender
27'
13
Thabo Nodada
Midfielder
90 + 4'
26
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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