Absa Premiership

Maritzburg held by Celtic

2014-11-05 22:09
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Pietermaritzburg - Maritzburg United have maintained their unbeaten run at home when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Bloemfontein Celtic in an Absa Premiership encounter at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday night.

The results leaves the Team of Choice in fourth place with 16 points from 10 matches, while Celtic are in 10th place with 13 points from their 10 games.
Thamsanqa Mkhize came close to firing his side ahead in the 7th minute when he connected with Thokozani Sekotlong’s corner, only to send his header wide of goal.

Jacky Motshegwa then fired wide for the visitors in the 14th minute, while Abel Mabaso did the same for the home side at the other end a minute later.
Virgil Vries then pulled off a comfortable save in the 21st minute to hold on to another effort from Motshegwa.

Ten minutes later it was Mondli Cele who tried his luck from a distance but the United midfielder also missed the target as the score remained 0-0 at half time.

Both sides made changes early in the second half but they were still unable to make the goalkeepers work with Cele firing wide in the 54th minute, while Alfred Ndengane’s header also missed the target three minutes later.

Substitute Mohammed Anas then tried to make his presence felt in the 66th minute but his header went over the crossbar, while Ashley Hartog also failed to hit the target in the 71st minute.

The search for the opening goal continued into the last quarter of the match with Ndengane firing wide in the 75th minute, while Nhlanhla Vilakazi saw his shot clearing the crossbar in the 77th minute.

Substitute Kurt Lentjies asked questions with an effort on target in the 83rd minute but Patrick Tignyemb made a comfortable save to keep the score at 0-0 at the final whistle.
Maritzburg United 0
Bloemfontein Celtic 0
Maritzburg United: Vries, Mabaso, Banda, Hartog, Sekotlong (Lentjies 50’), Cele, Vilakazi, Mandaza (Mohammed 61’), Awal, Paintsil, Mkhize (De Jongh 69’)
Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Fransman, Ndengane, Cloete, Nkausu, Bilankulu, Zuma (Mogorosi 81’), Lakay (Isaacks 64’), Motshegwa, Nyatama, Lamola (Jooste 46’)


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