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.

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results

Wits 2-0 Polokwane
Plat Stars 2-0 Chiefs
Sundowns 2-2 Maritzburg

fixtures

Chiefs vs Wits
Sundows vs Highlands

psl log

# Team GP Pts
1 Bidvest Wits 28 57
2 Sundowns 28 55
3 Cape Town City 28 52
4 SuperSport United 28 48
5 Kaizer Chiefs 28 47
6 Polokwane City 28 40
7 Maritzburg Utd 28 36
8 Ajax Cape Town 28 35
9 Arrows 28 35
10 Orlando Pirates 28 32
11 Platinum Stars 28 31
12 Bloemfontein Celtic 28 27
13 Free State Stars 28 26
14 Highlands Park 28 25
15 Chippa United 28 24
16 Baroka FC 28 24

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