Bloemfontein - Two goals from Lerato Lamola and an own goal by Carlington Nyadombo were enough to give Bloemfontein Celtic a 3-0 victory over AmaZulu in an PSL match at the Free State Stadium on Sunday.
A game that had started with so much high intensity ended up with AmaZulu playing with 10 men after Mbulelo Mabizela was given a red card after elbowing a player in the face.
The first half started on a high note and it was AmaZulu that showed more energy, giving the home side not much time to breath.
In the 15th minute former Kaizer Chiefs player Keegan Ritchie pulled the first shot for Celtic but it diverted wide.
A red card that Mbulelo Mabizela received in the 28th minute was the down fall for AmaZulu as Celtic took advantage of that and started attacking more.
The first break for Celtic came in the 31 minute when Lamola netted his first goal giving his team a 1-0 lead.
After the goal AmaZulu were put on the back foot and it was the home team that dominated till the end of the first half.
In the second half Celtic made its first change with Vuyani Ntanga replacing Musa Nyatama.
AmaZulu coach Steve Barker tried to do damage control for AmaZulu with Ayanda Dlamini making way for Roscoe Pietersen and Asive Langwe coming in for Willem Mwedihanga.
Just minutes after these substitutes Celtic scored its second goal courtesy of Nyadombo who headed Zuma’s cross into his own net taking Celtic to a 2-0 lead in the 47th minute.
In the 54 minute Robyn Johannes conceded a free kick for a foul on Dumisani Zuma. It was that Free kick taken by Keegan Ritchi which gave Celtic a penalty after hitting Johannes hands inside the box.
The troublesome Lamola took the penalty relaxed putting his side to a 3-0 lead which saw AmaZulu’s hopes of catching up vanishing.
Although Ntuli tried to make some moves for Usuthu at the front, but his efforts were not enough as Celtic walked away with the full points.
Celtic (1) 3 (Lamola 31’+57’, Nyadombo og. 46’)
Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Fransman,Ndengane, Mzava, Mulenga,Morena, Bilankulu, Zuma, Nyatama ( Ntenga 45’) ,Ritchie, Lamola ( Manzini68’).
AmaZulu: Murambadoro, Mwedihanga (Langwe 45’), Van Heerden ( Hlanti 70’) , Nyadombo, Mabizela, Johannes, Arwuah, G. Dlamini, A. Dlamini ((Pietersen 45’), Mwape , Ntuli.