Celtic move up to fifth place after Tuks draw

After trailing by two goals in the first half, Bloemfontein Celtic bounced back strong in the second half with two goals against the University of Pretoria to earn a draw at the Kaizer Sebathole Stadium in Botshabelo on Sunday.

Goals from Bevan Fransman and Lerato Lamola in the second half ensured Clinton Larsen's side a point at home.

It was Denver Mukamba’s header from a set piece that gave the University of Pretoria an early lead in the 18th minute.

Eight minutes later Geoffrey Massa doubled the score for the visitors when he gently placed the ball inside the net, leaving the Celtic keeper beaten courtesy of Thabo Mnyamana’s assist.

Whatever Larsen said to his team at halftime did the trick as the men from Bloemfontein put Tuks on the back foot.

In the 51st minute the hard work paid off as defender Fransman found the back of the net for Celtic after he tapped in from a set piece.

This goal saw Celtic going all out. In the 58th minute Lamola scored the equaliser for his team and took his tally to ten goals this season through a beautiful strike.

In the 74th Frank Mhango came close to scoring for Celtic but his beautiful shot went astray.

Musa Nyatama also came back strong, pulling a long-range shot which went just inches over the cross bar in the 79th minute.

Towards the dying minutes of the match both teams tried to punish each other on the counter attack, but neither could find the winning goal which meant they had to settle for a point each.

Tuks (2) 2 ( Mukamba 18’, Massa 26’)

Celtic (0)2 (Fransman 48’, Lamola 58’)

Bloemfontein Celtic : Patrick Tignyemb, Bevan Fransman, Musa Bilankulu, Wandisile Letlabika, Musa Nyatama ( Ntanga 82’), Vuyani Ntanga, Gregory Maasdorp, Lyle Lakay ( Mulenga 66’), Alfred Ndengane, Thapelo Morena, Lerato Lamola

University of Pretoria : Washington Arubi, Siyabonga Shoyisa, Tebogo Monyai, Grant Kekana, Partson Juare, Denver Mukamba, Mpho Matsi ( Ntombayithethi 41’), Thabo Mosadi ( Zwane 85’), Ronald Ketjijere, Geoffrey Massa, Thabo Mnyamana