Cape Town - Lerato Lamola and Thobani Mncwango scored early goals, but
the rest of the game failed to spark into life as Bloemfontein Celtic and
Polokwane City ended 1-1 in their final Absa Premiership match.
Despite there not being much to play for in this game between
two sides who could not have ended inside the Top 8, the match actually started
with a lot of excitement.
Home side Celtic went into the lead as early as the first
minute thanks to a shot by Lerato Lamola after a well worked short corner
involving Lyle Lakay and Thapelo Morena.
Just five minutes, the visitors were back in the game when
their hotshot striker Thobani Mncwango netted with a right footed shot thanks
to a supply pass by Simphiwe Hlongwane.
In the final moments of the first half, Aphiwe Lubisi saw
his attempt at goal kept out by George Chigova before Randy Ngobe sent an
effort over the bar.
The opening twenty minutes of the second half lacked quality
in the final third as neither team looked like they really wanted to find the
second goal. Randy Ngobe had the best chance of this period, but lacked
direction and power on the ball.
Vuyisile Wana and Fiston Razak were brought on as
substitutes for Celtic as Siwelele looked for options to spark them into attack
to try and find a winning goal.
And they came close to netting in the 76th minute when, from
a corner taken by Thapelo Morena, Razak’s headed attempt hit the bar.
A few half chances on either end of the field brought to a
close a disappointing second half performance by both sides with very little to
write home about.
Bloemfontein Celtic (1) 1 (Lamola 1’)
Polokwane City (1) 1 (Mncwango 6’)