Absa Premiership

Celtic edge Platinum Stars

2014-04-06 17:29
Joel Mogorosi and Lerato Manzini (Gallo Images)

Bloemfontein - Bloemfontein Celtic have extended their unbeaten run to seven Premiership games as Joel Mogorosi netted a second-half winner to edge Platinum Stars 1-0 at Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium, in Bloemfontein, on Sunday afternoon.

Mogorosi's fifth league goal of the season added three points to Celtic's cause, lifting the Free State outfit to eighth in the standings, leapfrogging Sunday's opponents in the process.

The win will come as a welcome boost after Ernst Middendorp's troops drew their last three league encounters, which saw them slide steadily down the table, despite remaining undefeated since February 19.

Despite an uneventful opening quarter where neither side looked like getting on the score-sheet, Celtic went about searching for the opening goal, as Hellings Mhango and Joel Mogorosi had attempts on goal go wide of the mark midway through the half.

With little in the way of chances, Stars got their first effort on goal courtesy of a nasty deflection from Alfred Ndengane, who tried to get in the way of a cross into the box, but nearly succeeded in sending the ball into his own net moments before half-time.

Any hopes for a more open second period quickly faded as both sides looked tentative and lethargic going forward, while neither could carve out any clear-cut chances as the half wore on.

After a rare attempt on goal from Celtic, which was well-stopped by Stars goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane, Mogorosi finally showed some impetus and tapped home the opening goal, after Lerato Lamola picked out the midfielder, who had an easy finish shortly before the hour mark.

Lamola had a chance to double the hosts' advantage on 70 minutes, but his thunderous effort was well saved by Mpontshane, who had little trouble in dealing with the shot which went came straight at the shot-stopper.

For Stars, a disappointing display on the road leaves last season's league runners-up faltering in mid-table, with their next outing a tricky away trip to Wits on Wednesday.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Friday, 15 December 2017
Cape Town City FC v AmaZulu FC, Cape Town Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 16 December 2017
Mamelodi Sundowns v Bloemfontein Celtic, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 15:30
Chippa United v Polokwane City, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:30
Free State Stars v Orlando Pirates, Goble Park 18:00
Wits v Platinum Stars, Bidvest Stadium 20:15
Kaizer Chiefs v Ajax Cape Town, Moses Mabhida Stadium 20:15
Sunday, 17 December 2017
Baroka FC v SuperSport United, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Golden Arrows v Maritzburg United, Princess Magogo Stadium 15:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.