Cape Town - Bloemfontein Celtic suffered their fourth straight loss in the
Absa Premiership after going down 2-1 to Free State Stars in a league match at
the Dr Molemela Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
A brace from Sello Japhta condemned Celtic to their tenth loss of
the season as they hover only five points above the relegation zone in 12th
place with 22 points.
Free State, on the other hand, moved into the top half of the
table in eighth place with 31 points.
It was a cagey opening 20 minutes with neither side able to create
any clear cut chances on goal.
The game sprang into life in the 24th minute with Ea Lla Koto
taking the lead courtesy of a powerful 20-yard strike by Japhta, 1-0.
Celtic were able to draw level in the 37th minute from the penalty
spot after Thapelo Morena was brought down inside the box by Bokang Thlone.
Fiston Abduol Razak scored from the spot to make it 1-1 going into
the half-time break.
Five minutes after the break Makhehlene Makhaula almost restored
Free State’s lead, but his 20-yard shot struck the outside of the post.
In the 63rd minute Japhta probably scored one of the
goals of the season after dribbling his way past three defenders before coolly
passing the ball home from 14-yards out, 2-1.
Celtic tried to find their way back into the game after that, but
the Free State defence stood firm and picked up all three points.