Celtic top struggling Swallows
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Bloemfontein - A 76th minute goal from Letladi Madubanya handed Bloemfontein Celtic their first win in three matches as they beat Moroka Swallows 2-1 in an Absa Premiership match at the Free State Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Phunya Sele Sele had to come from a goal behind after Katlego Mashego gave Swallows the lead in 32nd minute.
Second half goals from Lerato Manzini and Madubanya did just that as they secured seventh place on the log with their first three points since November 25th.
For Swallows, it was their fifth loss in a row, extending their winless streak to eight matches after they last won a match at the beginning of October. The result sees the Birds drop down to 13th on the league table, only two points out of the relegation zone.
It was a slow start to the match and the first real action was the opening goal in the 32nd minute.
Some sloppy defence from Celtic allowed Mashego to find some space on the edge of the 18-yard box and he superbly passed the ball into the bottom left-hand corner giving the keeper no chance, 1-0.
Four minutes later, though, and Celtic nearly hit back when Manzini was on the end of a flick at the front post at a corner-kick, but the Phunya Sele Sele attacker was unable to react quick enough as he touched the ball onto the cross bar from a couple yards out
In the 38th minute Swallows also hit the frame of the goal with a Lerato Chabangu free-kick. The Bafana man curled a 22-yard effort from the left side of the box around the defensive wall, beating the keeper, but striking the woodwork as the half ended 1-0 in favour of the Birds.
Celtic started the second half at a frantic pace and hit back two minutes after the restart.
Manzini was put through on goal with a defence-splitting pass and he made no mistake with just the keeper to beat, producing a clinical finish to level matters, 1-1.
The comeback was complete in the 76th minute when some sloppy defending from Swallows saw them fail to clear a corner-kick as the initial set-piece was over hit and then delivered back into the box for Madubanya to rise above the keeper to head home and seal the win, 2-1.Scores:
Bloemfontein Celtic (0) 2 (Manzini 47’, Madubanya 76’)
Moroka Swallows (1) 1 (Mashego 32’) Teams:
Celtic: Tignyemb; Leonard, Nthethe, D. Isaacs, Mahoa, Mogorosi, Madubanya (Duiker 81’), Aruwuah, Lakay (Nyanda 88’), Manzini (Lentjies 92’), Bacela
Swallows: Mathibe; Mapemba, R. Isaacs, Mungomeni (A. Hendricks 85’), Lekgothoane, Obada, Nergadze (Mabalane 89’), Tsutsulupa (Mathebula 68’), Chenene, Mashego, Chabangu