Nervous Celtic survive Nedbank Cup scare

2019-01-28 08:33
Bloemfontein Celtic (Supplied)

Cape Town - Bloemfontein Celtic advanced to the next round of the Nedbank Cup, following their 2-1 victory against Super Eagles at Goble Park on Sunday.

Mpusana Tani rescued Bloemfontein Celtic from a potentially embarrassing situation, when he scored the team's winning goal with just two minutes to play.

The trip to Goble Park has never been a comfortable one for teams competing in the Premier Soccer League (PSL). Even Free State Stars, who often play their home games at Goble Park, don't like playing there.

Celtic, which is currently negotiating some internal turmoil, would have known just how daunting Sunday afternoon would be and their worst fears were almost realised. Sunday's was also a frustrating affair for the visitors.

When Ndumiso Mabena missed his opportunity to extend Siwelele's lead before the half-time interval, it appeared the writing was on the wall for the visitors. It just felt like it was going to be one of those afternoons.

Sunday's was a scrappy, untidy affair but Neo Maema broke the deadlock about six minutes before that penalty. A rare moment of excitement. To his credit, the curling strike, from the edge of the box, was somewhat of a stunner.

At half-time it even felt like that solitary goal would be enough. However, Eagles were determined to make a contribution of their own to this dull script.

Motsamia Moloi's composed effort in the 60th minutes kept the home team in the contest and it had Celtic worried...for the remainder of the second half really. As it so happens, David doesn't always beat Goliath.

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