Absa Premiership

Disk Challenge Group A heats up

2014-10-06 10:33
Ovidy Karuru (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Bloemfontein Celtic maintained their stranglehold on Group A of the MultiChoice Diski Challenge with a comfortable 3-1 win over Polokwane City at Siwelele Park.

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The match was effectively over as a contest in the first half with Lethola Mofokeng grabbing a stunning hat-trick.

Polokwane City were never going to get back into the game in the second half and grabbed a consolation goal through Brian Dolama.

Celtic now boast a record of two wins and a draw to sit pretty atop the standings, with seven points and a healthy 11 goals scored from their three encounters, according to Supersport website.

Kaizer Chiefs, kept up with the leaders on seven points, when they ran out deserved 4-2 winners against Ajax Cape Town Ikamva.

In front of a packed arena Ajax opened the scoring in the 11th minute when Olwethu Nguye was left unmarked inside the small box and converted easily from a well taken corner kick by Ziyaad Eksteen.

Chiefs then began to find their rhythm and were back on level terms just minutes later when skipper Ovidy Karuru converted from the penalty spot after Phakamani Mngadi was brought down by Curtly Poole inside the area.

Mduduzi Nyendani, Man-of-the-match Hendrick Estein and David Grewan added three more unanswered goals, before striker Noah Sadaoui got a late consolation goal via a spot kick.

University of Pretoria added to Moroka Swallows woes when they recorded a 2-0 victory at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto.

Lucky Mathosi gave Tuks the lead in the 25th minute and Siphesihle Luthuli wrapped up the win with a stunning free kick in added time.

The home side Swallows came into the match on the back of a heavy 8-0 defeat they suffered against group leaders Celtic, who registered another win over Polokwane City on Saturday.

The result also put Tuks level on seven points with Celtic, who have a superior goal difference.

SuperSport United were made to fight hard but they eventually got past a plucky Maritzburg United 2-0 in their clash at the Harry Gwala Stadium, to register their first win of the campaign - while Mariztburg have now lost all three matches.

SuperSport launched wave after wave and they were rewarded when Andile Fikizolo’s 72nd minute bullet into the top left hand corner was too hot for Tawfeeq Salie to handle. Ryan Chapman made it 2-0 six minutes later as the Maritzburg defence fell apart, gifting him an easy tap in.

Group B matches take place tomorrow, with leaders Orlando Pirates facing Bivest Wits. Chippa United begin the day’s proceedings when they host Free State Stars. Winless AmaZulu take on Mamelodi Sundowns, while Platinum Stars face off with Mpumalanga Black Aces.

The tournament moves to Pretoria next weekend where all the teams will be in action both on Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12 - the matches will take place at the Tuks Stadium.

Fixtures:

Saturday

Maritzburg United v Ajax Cape Town, Tuks A, 10:00        

University of Pretoria v SuperSport United, Tuks B, 10:00             

Orlando Pirates v Mpumalanga Black Aces, Tuks A, 12:00              

Polokwane City v Moroka Swallows, Tuks B, 12:00            

Kaizer Chiefs v Bloemfontein Celtic, Tuks A, 14:00            

Mamelodi Sundowns v Chippa United, Tuks B, 14:00      

Free State Stars v Bidvest Wits, Tuks A, 16:00      

Platinum Stars v AmaZulu, Tuks B, 16:00               

Sunday

Ajax Cape Town v SuperSport United, Tuks A, 10:00       

Chippa United v AmaZulu, Tuks B, 10:00 

Moroka Swallows v Kaizer Chiefs, Tuks A, 12:00

Bloemfontein Celtic v Maritzburg United, Tuks B, 12:00 

Mpumalanga Black Aces v Free State Stars, Tuks A, 14:00             

Polokwane City v University of Pretoria, Tuks B, 14:00    

Orlando Pirates v Platinum Stars, Tuks A, 16:00  

Bidvest Wits v Mamelodi Sundowns, Tuks B, 16:00

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Free State Stars v SuperSport United, Goble Park 19:30
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Cape Town City FC v AmaZulu FC, Cape Town Stadium 20:00
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Chippa United v Polokwane City, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:30
Free State Stars v Orlando Pirates, Goble Park 18:00
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