Cape Town - Polokwane City will be bitterly disappointed as they went
down 2-1 to 10-man Bloemfontein Celtic in an Absa Premiership clash at the Old
Peter Mokaba stadium on Wednesday.
Jabulani Maluleke gave Rise and Shine the lead in the 24th
minute but Kabelo Dlamini found an equaliser for the visitors 10 minutes later.
Phunya Sele Sele were reduced to 10 men in the 65th minute
when Given Mashikinya received his marching orders but the home side failed to
take advantage and Ndumiso Mabena scored in stoppage time to give the visitors
a dramatic victory.
Celtic started the game brightly but for all their
possession they could not find a way past a stubborn Polokwane defence.
It was Maluleke who broke the deadlock for the hosts midway
through the first half as he fired past Celtic shot-stopper Patrick Tignyemb
after receiving a pass from Mohammed Anas.
Dlamini though made it 1-1 ten minutes later as the sides
went into the break with the scores level.
The game took a turn in the 65th minute as Mashikinya was
shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle.
Even with a man down Celtic still had great opportunity to
take the lead with 10 minutes remaining when they received a penalty but Mabena
saw his spot-kick saved by Polokwane keeper George Chigova.
Mabena made up for his miss though as he found the winner
deep into injury time to give the 10-man of Celtic maximum points.