Local News 18.3.2017 09:23 pm

Celtic and City play to a stalemate

Ebrahim Seedat of Cape Town City FC during the Absa Premiership match between Bloemfontein Celtic and Cape Town City FC at Dr. Molemela Stadium. (Photo by Charle Lombard/Gallo Images)

Ebrahim Seedat of Cape Town City FC during the Absa Premiership match between Bloemfontein Celtic and Cape Town City FC at Dr. Molemela Stadium. (Photo by Charle Lombard/Gallo Images)

Title-chasing Cape Town City will rue a host of missed scoring opportunities which saw them held to a goalless draw by Bloemfontein Celtic in an Absa Premiership match at the Dr Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday night.

The result sees City move back to the top of the league table with 39 points from 21 matches, with Bidvest, who are in CAF Champions League action this weekend, on 38 points from 19 games.

City, still trying to wipe away the embarrassment of their shock Nedbank Cup last 32 round exit to ABC Motsepe League (Mpumalanga) side Acornbush United last weekend, looked the more organised of the two sides.

City’s midfield sensation Lebogang Manyama proved to be more than a handful for the Celtic midfielders to cope with, as was Aubrey Ngoma, whose pace down the right flank created some stressful moments for the Celtic rear-guard.

City striker Lehlohonolo Majora had the best scoring chance of the match for the visitors, after receiving from Manyama, but the former Kaizer Chiefs man shot wide of the target during the early part of the first half.

At the other end of the field, City goalkeeper Shu-aib Walters’ workload was few and far between, although he was called on to tip a powerful shot from Lanthshene Phalane over the crossbar.

Roland Putsche was booked in the first half for a late challenge, while Celtic’s Namibian midfielder Deon Hotto received a caution in the second period.

Lehlohonolo Seema, the Celtic caretaker coach, managed the team from the bench in the absence of new mentor, Luc Eymael, who was unable to be in the hotseat as he is still under the cloud of an appeal lodged by his former club, Polokwane City.

The Capetonians will host Chippa United in their next league encounter on Saturday, April 1, while on the same, day, Celtic, on 19 points from 20 games and just two points ahead of 15th-placed Highlands Park, will travel to the Limpopo Province to play Polokwane City.

results

Highlands P 1-0 Maritzburg
Baroka FC 2-2 Chiefs
Ajax CT 2-2 FS Stars

fixtures

Arrows vs Highlands P
P City vs Celtic
FS Stars vs Pirates

psl log

# Team GP Pts
1 Cape Town City 21 39
2 Bidvest Wits 19 38
3 SuperSport United 20 37
4 Kaizer Chiefs 21 36
5 Sundowns 17 34
6 Polokwane City 21 27
7 Arrows 21 27
8 Platinum Stars 20 25
9 Chippa United 21 23
10 Maritzburg Utd 21 23
11 Orlando Pirates 20 23
12 Ajax Cape Town 21 22
13 Highlands Park 21 20
14 Bloem Celtic 20 19
15 Free State Stars 21 19
16 Baroka FC 21 15

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