Port Elizabeth - Bloemfontein
Celtic came from a goal down to defeat 10-man Chippa United 2-1 in their Absa
Premiership clash at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Wednesday night.
result is a blow to the Chilli Boys’ hopes of moving well clear of the
relegation zone, while Phunya Sele Sele have strengthened their grip on fifth
started the game in a very attacking frame of mind and had the first effort within
the opening 60 seconds, as Thamsanqa Sangweni got away a shot that was safely
held by goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb.
set the tone for much of the first half, with the Eastern Cape team dominating
play and creating more chances than their visitors, who struggled to cope with
the fluidity and determination of the home side.
Chilli Boys deservedly claimed the lead on the half hour mark, with Andile
Mbenyane getting on the end of William Twala’s assist and beating Tignyemb with
a right-footed shot to make it 1-0.
opted for a tactical reshuffle at the start of the second half, with striker
Frank Mhango replacing midfielder Keagan Buchanan. The more attacking outlook
soon paid dividends for the Bloemfontein side.
Lerato Lamola earned a penalty after being fouled in the box by Manti Moholo.
Lamola missed the initial spot kick, but scored just moments later to register
his 12th league goal of the season and make it 1-1 in the 57th
minutes later the game took another turn when Chippa midfielder Manti Moholo,
who had been booked in the first half, received his second yellow card and was
sent off, reducing the home side to 10 men.
hopes of holding out for a draw were dashed in the 83rd minute when
defender Chris Komane scored an unfortunate own goal from Thapelo Morena’s ball
to hand Celtic a 2-1 victory.