Absa Premiership

Celtic inflict home pain on the Citizens

2017-10-17 22:01
Benni McCarthy (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Cape Town City lost their second game in three days after being on the wrong side of a 1-0 scoreline against Bloemfontein Celtic on Tuesday.

After a cagey opening 10 minutes, the visitors found themselves on the back foot as the Citizens, who had made eight changes from the side which started in the MTN8 final defeat on Saturday, assumed control of proceedings.

Celtic, though, had the first chance of the game with Ndumiso Mabena forcing a good save out of Sage Stephens on 15 minutes.

After City midfielder Ayanda Patosi was denied by Patrick Tignyemb in the 28th minute, Stephens was called into action in quick succession to keep out another effort from Mabena, and also a free-kick from Deon Hotto.

There was nothing in the way of goalmouth action after the restart until the deadlock was broken in the 67th minute when Kabelo Mahlasela wriggled his way through the home defence and slotted past Stephens. 

Benni McCarthy's side pushed and probed for openings as they went in search of an equaliser. But Phunya Sele Sele are starting to look a well-oiled machine under coach Veselin Jelusic and they held on fairly comfortably to claim a second consecutive league victory.

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