Celtic cruise past Arrows

Bloemfontein Celtic followed their impressive win over Orlando Pirates at the weekend with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Golden Arrows at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium on Wednesday evening.

First half goals from Frank Mhango, Thabo Nthethe and Vuyani Ntanga underpinned the triumph for Ernst Middendorp’s team, who have now racked up an eight-game unbeaten streak in the Absa Premiership.

Phunya Sele Sele remain in eighth place on the log but have moved to 16 points from 12 matches, while Abafana Bes’thende are 15th with just 10 points from their 12 fixtures so far this season.

Celtic got off to a fast start and opened the scoring in the fourth minute through Frank Mhango, who beat Arrows goalkeeper Siya Mngoma with a right-footed effort.

Midway through the first half Celtic captain Thabo Nthethe doubled his team’s advantage, heading home from Vuyani Ntanga’s cross to make it 2-0.

And Phunya Sele Sele effectively killed off Arrows’ challenge just past the half hour mark, with Ntanga turning from provider to scorer by meeting Musa Nyatama’s pass and finishing with his left foot for 3-0.

The visitors resorted to making a change even before halftime, withdrawing Nkanyiso Cele and putting on defender Siyanda Zwane to try and stem Celtic’s attacking tide.

Phunya Sele Sele took their foot off the pedal in the second half, which saw more yellow cards dished out than goal-scoring chances created, not that it mattered to the hosts, who had put in all the hard yards they needed to in the first 45 minutes.

Celtic’s next outing sees them away to Platinum Stars next midweek, while Arrows host Durban rivals AmaZulu on December 14.

Bloemfontein Celtic (3) 3 (Mhango 4’, Nthethe 23’, Ntanga 32’)
Golden Arrows 0

Celtic: Tignyemb, Mzava, Nthethe, Letlabika, Mahoa, Buchanan (Mogorosi 76’), Arwuah, Nyatama, Ntanga, Mhango (Morena 82’), Manzine (Lamola 64’)

Arrows: Mngoma, Ntombayithethi, Musonda, Sikhakhane, Sithole, Shange, Khuboni, Zothwane (Wadwaba 73’), D. Zwane (Mlotshwa 62’), Cele (S. Zwane 40’), Ntuli