Cape Town - Helder Pelembe’s brace gave Bloemfontein Celtic their second successive Absa Premiership victory when they beat University of Pretoria 2-0 at Tuks Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Following the win, coach Clinton Larsen’s men moved to third spot on the log standings with 13 points whilst the Tshwane side move to the 14th spot on the log with four points from six league matches.
Although the match started on a low note, the hosts were the better side when it comes to moving the ball around although they couldn’t produce a threatening chance in the opening stages of the tie.
In the 13th minute Getaneh Kebede took a shot towards goal, but his effort couldn’t trouble the goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb.
The Ethiopian unleashed another shot in the 31st minute but it went wide hitting the right of the net.
In an aim to make a quick response, Thapelo Morena also tried to open the scoring for the visitors but also missed the target in the 39th minute.
However, with three minutes to go to the interval, Pelembe received a beautiful cross from the left through Thabang Matuka and he connected beautifully to hand Siwelele the lead in the opening half, 1-0.
The Free State side began their second half with a bang as the Mozambican forward completed his brace with only two minutes into the second stanza.
Sammy Troughton’s men could not trouble Siwelele’s defence in most instances despite enjoying much of the ball possession and time slowly ran against them, but Thabo Mnyamane tried a shot at goal with 15 minutes to go, however, it went wide.
With a sense of urgency lacking from the Tshwane side, Celtic continued to push forward aiming to get their third goal with skipper Bevan Fransman trying a shot, but goalkeeper Washington Arubi made a save.
University of Pretoria: 0
Bloemfontein Celtic: (1) 2 (Pelembe 42’, 47’)
University of Pretotia: Arubi, Mwedihanga, Monyai, Gwala, Jaure, Mnyamane, Ketjijere, Ntombayithethi (Mathosi 58’), Zwane, Kebede (Maruping 67’), Nyondo
Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Fransman, Ndengane, Letlabika (Rikhotso 47’), Bilankulu, Matuka, Phalane (Buchanan 76’), Lakay (Nyatama 45’), Pelembe, Morena, Massa