Absa Premiership match report Bloemfontein Celtic v Polokwane City 02 December 2018
Posted: 2 December 2018 Time: 13:49
Polokwane City returned to winning ways with a 2-1 triumph over Bloemfontein Celtic in the Absa Premiership
Eager to put a disappointing midweek performance aside, Celtic were hoping to claim the maximum points to close the gap on league leaders Orlando Pirates.
Polokwane, who suffered a defeat at home to Cape Town City on Wednesday were looking to get back to winning ways after a barren run of recent results.
As early as the 10th minute Salulani Phiri handed them the lead after finishing off a move metres from the box with an assist from Mohammed Anas.
City made a somewhat tactical change as Ndivhuwo Ravhuvhali replaced Simphiwe Hlongwane minutes before halftime.
In the second half, it was all to play for as Celtic needed to get back into the thick of things while City were out to hang on to their lead.
With limited amount of scoring chances created, the Rise and Shine kept a strong defensive shape while playing on the counterattack.
Celtic’s first change came five minutes from the break when Victor Letsoalo replaced Tshepo Rikhotso.
Siwelele were level under 10 minutes to fulltime when Kabelo Dlamini was on hand to convert from the edge of the box.
The joy was very much short live and City regained the lead through a right-footed finish from the centre of the box by Monde Mpambaniso a minute into added time for a crucial victory.
Celtic: Tignyemb; Sam, Letlabika, Gordinho, Rikhotso (Letsoalo 51'), De Jongh (Shikweni 51'), Mashikinya, Maema, Dlamini, Mabena, Mabaso (Mangweni 84').
Subs: Dambe, Pfumbizai, Letsoalo, Lingwati, Mangweni, Baloyi, Shikweni.
Polokwane: Ndlovu; Nkili, Hlongwane (Ravhuhali 33'), Mbonani, Manaka, Phiri, Seabi, Mvelase, Tlolane (Sikhosana 59'), Mngomezulu (Mpambaniso 78'), Anas.