Absa Premiership

Maritzburg stun Celtic

2016-08-24 21:49
Goal (AFP)

Cape Town - Maritzburg United narrowly defeated Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in an Absa Premiership clash played at the Dr. Molemela Stadium on Wednesday.

Phunya Sele Sele and The Team of Choice locked horns in their first game of the 2016/17 league season in the city of Bloemfontein.

The first opportunity of the game went to Celtic winger Lyle Lakay from a free-kick a minute into the game, but he placed his attempt over the crossbar.

At the other side, Maritzburg defender Brian Onyango forced Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb into an easy save in the 15th minute.

Maritzburg's Evans Rusike became the first player to be booked on the night ten minutes later when the referee showed him an yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

Eight minutes before the half-time break, a great pass was played to former SuperSport United winger Lakay but his attempt missed the target.

It took only five minutes in the second-half for Lentjies to put the Team of Choice into the lead with a right-footed shot making it 1-0 to Maritzburg.

New Celtic attacker Sydney Masana then forced Maritzburg into a good save on the hour-mark as the home side pressed for the equalizing goal.

The home side decided to introduce promising forward Dumisani Zuma for Sibusiso Mxoyana with 15 minutes left on the clock.

Nevertheless, Maritzburg stood firm at the back in the dying minutes of the league encounter and ultimately they won 1-0.


 

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