Full TIME: MARITZBURG UNITED 4-0 BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC.
United take maximum points out of this game with a well deserved victory. They could easily have scored more goals, but they have done their job this evening. Thank you for joining us.
We will have four minutes of time added on for stoppages.
GOAL, MARITZBURG UNITED, RUSIKE!
This time Rusike finds the back of the net after a good assist by Fransman. This is carnage!
YELLOW CARD, UNITED, FILECCIA!
Fileccia is booked to after a silly foul.
United continue to push forward chasing that fourth goal.
A chance to make it four goals with the keeper to beat is messed up by Rusike. His technique was all wrong and he was ready to celebrate the goal, before scoring it. Poor finishing!
Celtic now bring on Lubisi to replace Rikhotso, while United bring on Atouba for Mekoa.
MARITZBURG UNITED 3-0 BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC.
Once again it was poor defending by Celtic that lead to the goal.
GOAL, MARITZBURG UNITED, FILECCIA!
Fileccia makes it three goals with his first touch of the game since coming on as a substitute. What a finish after a good 30 meter pass from Shandu.
When Celtic do make their way near the United area they mess it up with poor finishing. United now bring on Fileccia for Mokate.
United has definitely controlled the tempo of this match.
Celtic win a rare corner, but it is easily cleared.
United launch a counter attack, but they lose control and the ball wins the race to the keepers hands.
The United supporters are in full song now.
YELLOW CARD, CELTIC, NDENGANE!
Ndengane is booked for a silly foul on Mokate. United win a free-kick in a good position.
We are seeing more controlled possession from Celtic now, but they will have to speed it up a bit.
Celtic win a free-kick after a foul by Fransman. It is well cleared by United.
Celtic is now forced to make another change. Motshegwa comes onto the field to replace Letsoalo.
YELLOW CARD, CELTIC, NYUNDU!
The substitute Nyundu is booked for a cynical foul. They need to keep their cool.
Once again Celtic is woken up by the goal. The visitors almost pull one back but they are unlucky, as the shot hits the crossbar!
GOAL, MARITZBURG UNITED, MOKATE!
They make their way into the Celtic area again and Ndlovu finds Mokate, who doubles the score with a right footed shot. Great work!
MARITZBURG UNITED 2-0 BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC.
Celtic will have it all to do now.
We have a change at the break for Celtic. Nyundu is on and he will replace Maema. That substitution is no surprise as Celtic has struggled to get control of the midfield.
Kick off! United gets us going in the second half.
HALF TIME: MARITZBURG UNITED 1-0 BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC.
United go into the break with a well deserved lead after controlling most of the first half. Please join us for the second half soon.
We will have two minutes of time added on for stoppages.
That goal has woken Celtic up and they now string together some good passes and make their way into the United area.
It is almost a second goal after a good run by Mokate. His cross created even more chaos in the Celtic box and somehow the Celtic defenders manage not to score an own goal.
MARITZBURG UNITED 1-0 BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC.
That was a well deserved goal after constant pressure.
GOAL. MARITZBURG UNITED, SANOKA!
The corner ends up in chaos inside the Celtic box. Celtic partly clears it but when it comes back Fransman finds Sanoka, who heads it home.
YELLOW CARD, CELTIC, RIKHOTSO!
Rikhotso is booked for pushing a player off the ball. The free-kick ends in a corner.
Rusike makes another good run and this time he should have made it count, but again Celtic survive, as it is cleared.
Rusike makes a good run down the left for United and controls the ball well, but the cross into the box is average.
It is still goalless as we approach the half an hour mark.
Celtic is playing a dangerous game inside their own box. The keeper is passing the ball to his defenders, but they are not alert at all and for the second time United steal the ball.
We are seeing more attacking play from Celtic now and they appear to have found their feet.
Celtic finally make their way into the United area, but the shot from Hotto is well wide.
It is a beautiful 23 degree evening here in Pietermaritzburg with 72% humidity. Perfect conditions for football.
United has looked the business and it may just be a matter of time before they convert this attacking play into a goal.
Mekoa makes his way down the right. He goes all the way and shoots, as they did not have the numbers in the box. Maybe he should have delayed his shot just a tad.
Poor defending from Celtic at the corner hands Xulu a free header and they get away with it again.
United have a corner after a Mekoa shot is deflected behind.
It is a bit of a stop start game at the moment.
A really poor goal kick by Tignyemb hands possession to United in the Celtic half and they are lucky to get away with it.
The first free-kick go the way of United, after Mekoa is fouled in his own half.
Kick off! We are off here in Pietermaritzburg.
Team Bloemfontein Celtic: 30. Tignyemb, 3. Pfumbidzai, 22. Rikhotso, 27. Ndengane, 13. Letsoalo, 24. Maema, 25. Gordinho, 35. Baloyi, 7. Hotto, 10. Mabena, 8. Phalane.
Team Maritzburg United: 31. Ofori, 3. Sanoka, 16. Fransman, 25. Xulu, 11. Makaringe, 26. Shandu, 15. Maboe, 8. Ndlovu, 29. Mekoa, 22. Mokate , 19. Rusike.
Those victories came as a relief to both teams, as they ended 2017 without a win in their last two games.
Both teams have winning starts to the New Year. Celtic defeated Golden Arrows at home by two goals to one, while United beat Ajax Cape Town by the same margin away from home.
The ninth placed United hosts Celtic, who is currently sixth on the Premiership table. Only two points separate these teams on the log and we expect a close encounter.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this ABSA Premiership clash between Maritzburg United and Bloemfontein Celtic, from the Harry Gwala Stadium.
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