Mothobi Mvala rescues point for relegation threatened Highlands Park

Mothobi Mvala rescues point for relegation threatened Highlands Park
Khama Billiat of Mamelodi Sundowns fouled by Wandisile Letlabika of Bloemfontein Celtic during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville South Africa on 05 April 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Brian Lee

Tuesday Apr 25, 2017. 21:54

Mothobi Mvala scored in the dying minutes of the Absa Premiership match to secure a 1-1 draw for Highlands Park against Bloemfontein Celtic at the Dr Molemela Stadium on Tuesday night.

Despite claiming a point from the game Highlands are still in real danger of being relegated this season. Currently they occupy 15th spot on the standings with 22 points from 25 games, only point ahead of Baroka FC who are in action on Wednesday night.

Celtic are not much better off as the result sees them into in 13th place on the table with 24 points from 24 games, only two points clear of the relegation zone.

Chances on goal were few and far between early on with the first attempt on goal coming in the 21st minute when Ayanda Dlamini fired a long range shot wide of the Highlands goal.

Ten minutes later Highlands created an opportunity of their own in front of goal, but Zamuxolo Ngalo’s long range effort also went wide of the target.

Neither side could break the deadlock before the half time break – both teams responsible for swunadering possession in the final third with poor decision making.

The start of the second half saw Celtic applying the pressure as they pushed forward and they were rewarded just before the hour mark when Musa Nyatama found the back of the net after a clinical finish, 1-0.

Celtic controlled the majority of the possession after taking the lead and looked to be heading to victory, but Mothobi Mvala had other ideas.

The Highlands player produced a good run to get onto the end of a pass from Fikru Lemessa and fired home to level matters in the dying minutes of the match.

Bloemfontein Celtic (0) 1 (Nyatama 58’)
Highlands Park (0) 1 (Mvala 90’)


Celtic: Tignyemb, Nyatama, Maruping, Ndengane, Lakay (Razak 86’), Dube, Letlabika (Rikhotso 46’), Mahlasela, Hotto, Phalane, Dlamini (Mvula 72’).

Highlands Park: Kapini, Oluwafemi, Ngalo, Nhlapho, Katjiukua, Mvala, Moriri, Mbatha, Cale (Theron 59’), Khuboni (Mashumba 71’), Shalulile (Lemessa 80’).

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