Absa Premiership

CT City, Bloem Celtic in stalemate

2017-03-18 20:18
Eric Tinkler (Gallo Images)

Bloemfontein - Despite playing to a 0-0 draw against Bloemfontein Celtic at the Dr Molema Stadium, Cape Town City returned to the top of the Absa Premiership table on Saturday evening. 

The draw sees the Mother City moving to the top with 39 points from 21 matches in their campaign. 

The opening stages of the tie saw both Premier Soccer League sides battling for dominance. 

Lyle Lakay produced a brilliant set piece for the hosts in the 25th minute aiming to beat City goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters on his right corner, but it went inches over the cross bar. 

With the crowd singing on the stands, the hosts displayed good football moving forward and Lantshene Phalane's long range shot forced a wonderful save from Walters in the 38th minute.  

With three minutes to the tunnel, Eric Tinkler's side were awarded a corner kick and Manyama played it short to Roland Putsche whose disappointing shot sailed over. 

It was 0-0 at the break.  

Upon their return, Phunya Sele Sele's Moeketsi Mvula was set free in a quick counter attack in the 60th minute, but the speedy winger failed to hit the target and rushed his shot which went wide.  

As both sides pushed to break the deadlock, Celtic keeper Patrick Tignyemb was forced to leave his posts in the 71st minute to stop the pacey Bhongolwethu Jayiya in the penalty area. 

10 minutes later,  Manyama also came close to bag a winner when he received a wonderful pass from the right flank, his effort beat Tignyemb but hit the cross bar and was cleared. 

With seven minutes to go, Tshegofatso Mabaso outpaced the City defence and beat Tshepo Gumede in the box yet he failed to lead his curler into Walters' far corner as the keeper parried it away. 

It was end to end stuff in the dying minutes of the tie, and Mabaso once again came close to finding the back of the net, but he failed to lower his shot in the 90th minute. 

Siwelele will be disappointed to have lost two points as they remain at number 13 on the log with 19 points from 20 league matches.

 

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