Cape Town - Bernard
Parker gave Kaizer Chiefs a precious away goal as Amakhosi came from behind to draw 1-1
against Bloemfontein Celtic in the first-leg clash of their MTN8 semi-final at
the Free State stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The visitors enjoyed a better start to the match with Patrick Tignyemb being
forced into an early save after a fine Siphiwe Tshabalala effort.
Clinton Larsen's charges started gaining some momentum with some dangerous
forward moves and Lerato Lamola should have grabbed the opener in the 15th
minute but the attacker pushed his header wide of the mark.
Both sides were looking good on attack but the defences were looking even
better with Tignyemb keeping Chiefs' strikers at bay.
Helder Pelembe had a chance to grab the opener in the 30th minute but the
Phunya Sele Sele marksman dragged his shot wide of the mark.
However, three minutes
later, Pelembe stepped up to produce a blistering effort that rocketed past a
helpless Itumeleng Khune to give the hosts a 1-0 advantage - and it was game
Amakhosi were given a lifeline with five minutes to go in the half after
Bevan Fransman brought down Siphelele Mthembu in the penalty area. Bernard
Parker stepped up, but saw his effort sail over the crossbar, leaving the score
at 1-0 at the half-time interval.
The Glamour Boys continued to dictate proceedings after the break but Reneilwe
Letsholonyane could not convert their first chance on goal as the midfield
hardman overcooked his 55th minute header.
Ten minutes later Parker finally grabbed the visitors' opener after a
sweet volleyed strike into the top corner to bring the game back to level
pegging at 1-1.
Kaizer Chiefs continued to dominate into the closing exchanges and George
Maluleka had an attempt go wide in the 86th minute.
Three minutes later
Tshabalala had an excellent chance to clinch the match but the Amakhosi skipper pushed his
header wide of goal.