Absa Premiership

Celtic battle back to earn a point

2018-01-28 18:48
Veselin Jelusic (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Cape Town City were denied the chance to return to second place in the Absa Premiership after being held to a 1-1 draw by Bloemfontein Celtic at the Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium on Sunday.

City started the game with urgency and created the first opening through Ayanda Patosi in the sixth minute. The forward made space for himself before forcing goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb into a solid save.

They looked the likeliest to open the scoring and not long after Tariq Fielies hit the woodwork after he connected with Patosi's fine delivery from a corner. From the rebound, Roland Putsche was unable to convert with the Austrian seeing his strike sail over the bar.

Just before the break, Siwelele had their best moment through Dean Hotto. The Namibia international midfielder fired in a free-kick from outside the area that skimmed the top of the goal with Sage Stephens showing some cause for concern.

However, the visitors hit the front in the 40th minute from an own-goal. When Thabo Nodada sent in a dangerous cross, defender Tshepo Rikhotso only managed to divert the ball into his own net.

After the interval, Hotto continued to look threatening as Celtic chased an equaliser. Yet, it was the Citizens who nearly added a second as Nodada's shot from the right-hand side was well saved by Tignyemb.

Nonetheless, with 15 minutes to go the hosts found a way back from a superb strike from the well-travelled Mabena, who a free-kick into the top left-hand corner to restore parity for Veselin Jelusic's men.

Both teams pushed for a winner in the closing stages although there was little clear goal-mouth activity to speak of and it ended 1-1 in the Free State.

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