Mthembu sinks Black Aces

A single goal from Siphelele Mthembu saw Bloemfontein Celtic beat MP Black Aces 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match played at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The first 25 minutes of the match was some of the most boring football the PSL has produced this season as neither side looked threatening in attack.

Instead both sides struggled to hold onto the ball for sustained periods of play and often gifted possession back to the opposing team with some horrible passing.

Still, the game did find some life in the 26th minute when Aces’ Warren Bishop pulled the best out of the Celtic goal keeper Siyabonga Mbatha.

Joseph Makhanya whipped in an inviting free-kick from the left side of the field into the box and Warren Bishop rose highest to meet it, but his header was tipped around the post by an acrobatic Mbatha.

Four minutes later and Mbatha was called into action again at another set-piece. This time Manqoba Ngwenya met a cross from the left, but again his 12-yard header was saved by the Celtic keeper diving full stretch to his right to parry the shot.

Celtics first real chance on goal came in the 33rd minute after a clever passing movement saw Danny Venter in some space inside the 18-yard box, but he squandered the scoring opportunity when he fluffed his 12-yard shot and allowed Denis Onyango to make a finger tip save.

Siphelele Mthembu, however, made no such mistake eight minutes later when he gave Celtic the lead.

Clifford Mulenga played Mthembu through on goal with a beautiful ball and the striker made no mistake burying the ball past Onyango, 1-0, to give his side the lead going into the half time break.

The second half saw the game resort back to the poor passing one we witnessed in the opening 25 minutes as neither side seemed able to create a decent goal scoring chance.

In fact, the entire second half was a display of how not to play football as both sides lacked imagination in attack.

In the end the game finished 1-0 in favour of the Bloemfontein side, but the game as a whole will be quickly forgotten.

Bloemfontein Celtic (1) 1 (Mthembu 41’)
MP Black Aces (0) 0

Teams

Celtic: Mbatha – Mogakabe (Matoho 35’), Khaile, Goldstone, Hlela - Mulenga, Oerson (Kalala 64’), Kerspuy, Venter, Ndlovu (Seepamore 67’), Mthembu

Aces: Onyango - Da Silva, McCarthy, Bishop, Madidilane - Mbatha, Zuke (Khanyile 66’), Mathebula, Makhanya - Ngwenya, Masina (Shongwe 74’).