Cape Town - Highlands Park were held to a 1-1 draw by
Bloemfontein Celtic in a rescheduled Absa Premiership match at Makhulong
Stadium on Wednesday.
Goals from Mothobi Mvala and Mpho Maruping saw the
points shared. It’s a third draw in the space of four matches for both the
Lions of the North and Phunya Sele Sele – the former have not won in the league
since their first match back in September, while the latter are now unbeaten in
their last four.
The result sees the Lions of the North move off the
foot of the table and push Free State Stars into last place, while Phunya Sele
Sele move up one position to 12th.
Highlands claimed the lead just before the midway
point of the first half, with Franklin Cale’s free kick turned home by Mothobi
The hosts’ goal came amid some pressure from
Celtic, with the likes of Atusaye Nyondo and new signing Ayanda Dlamini
threatening to find the back of the net for the visitors.
As the half drew to an end, Phunya Sele Sele almost
claimed an equaliser through Dlamini but the former AmaZulu man saw his free
kick attempt well saved by Tapuwa Kapini.
Seven minutes into the second half Highlands almost
doubled their advantage, with Lindokuhle Mbatha forcing Patrick Tignyemb into a
On 68 minutes Celtic brought themselves level at
1-1, with midfielder Mpho Maruping scoring with a header from Deon Hotto’s
corner kick delivery.
Though that finished off the scoring for the match,
it was hardly the end of the goalmouth action, as both teams created further
notable chances to alter the score line.
Cale missed out on a fine chance for the hosts in
the 88th minute, while shortly thereafter Dumisani Zuma nearly
netted at the other end, only to be denied by another good save from Kapini.