Cape Town - Free State Stars put in a strong defensive showing
to hold regional rivals Bloemfontein Celtic to a goalless draw in their Absa
Premiership match at Goble Park in Bethlehem on Wednesday evening.
The result sees both teams pick up their first
point of the season after suffering losses in their respective opening league
matches last month.
Celtic settled in the game quicker than their hosts
and proceeded to create the better chances in the first half, though Stars
goalkeeper Thela Ngobeni put in an impressive display to ensure the teams went
into the interval locked at 0-0.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns man pulled one
particularly fine save to keep out a goal-bound header from Alfred Ndengane in
the 23rd minute, while Stars were also lucky not to concede a
penalty just before the break when Moketsi Sekola seemed to get away with
handling the ball in his own 18-yard area.
Celtic had a great chance to open the scoring nine
minutes into the second half, but Musa Nyatama’s fearsome volley was
brilliantly blocked by David Booysen – but at cost, as the defender had to be
stretchered off and substituted soon afterwards.
Yet that was as good as it got for Phunya Sele
Sele, whose lack of precision and imagination in the final third saw them
forced to settle for a draw in a match they otherwise dominated.