Cape Town - A six-goal thriller saw Bloemfontein Celtic hammer Black Leopards 4-2 in their Absa Premiership clash at a sweltering Seisa Ramabodu Stadium on Sunday.
The hosts were off to a blistering start as Siphelele Luthuli found the back of the net after only three minutes to get his side on the front foot from the off.
Phunya Sele Sele grew in confidence as a result of the opening strike and shortly doubled their lead thanks to Victor Letsoalo, who beat visiting goalkeeper Jonas Mendes to make it 2-0 in the ninth minute.
The sun was beating down in Bloemfontein and the game was halted for a few minutes halfway through the first stanza to give the players a much-needed water break, after which Celtic made a substitution with Menzi Masuku coming on for Tebogo Potsane.
The brief interval seemed to come at just the right time for Black Leopards because they pulled a goal back in the 27th minute when Chris Katjiukua hit the target for the away side.
However, five minutes before half-time the two-goal buffer was restored as substitute Masuku scored for Celtic to the delight of the home supporters, and head coach Lehlohonolo Seema who had brought him on.
Early in the second half the Lidoda Duvha defence once again failed to deal with the Celtic attack and saw Letsoalo complete his brace of goals to put the game beyond Leopards at 4-1.
Despite the three-goal deficit Leopards continued fighting and were able to score their second goal in the 77th minute when Tshwarelo Bereng beat Celtic gloveman Jackson Mabokgwane.
In the end Siwelele were well in control of the game and cruised to three points at home to improve to fifth position in the standings, while Leopards find themselves down in 15th.