Lucky Baloyi of Bloemfontein Celtic challenged by Thabo Nodada of Cape Town City during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Cape Town City FC and Bloemfontein Celtic at Athlone Stadium, Cape Town on 17 October 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Tuesday Oct 17, 2017. 21:37
Kabelo Mahlasela scored the only goal of the game as Bloemfontein Celtic beat Cape Town City 1-0 in an Absa Premiership encounter at Athlone Stadium on Tuesday evening.
The midfielder rounding of a free-flowing move with a neat bit of skill to condemn the Citizens to a third league defeat of the season.
Taariq Fielies, Thabo Nodada and Teko Modise were the only survivors in Benni McCarthy’s starting 11 from the side that took to the field against SuperSport United this past weekend.
The former Bafana Bafana forward forced into wholesale changes following the club’s MTN8 final defeat to Matsatsantsa. The game was decided from the spot following 120 minutes of football.
Fatigued following their travels, it was no surprise that Siwelele came out the better unit. Ndumiso Mabena denied by Sage Stephens on 15 minutes.
City’s first shot in anger came just short of the half-hour mark as Ayanda Patosi tested Patrick Tignyemb.
But, in all, it was a rather dull half with the teams deadlocked at 0-0 at the interval.
The opening goal finally came in the 67th minute. Mahlasela finishing with aplomb past Stephens, following a defence splitting move that tore the hosts apart.
City tried their best to get back into the game, but it was not to be for Benni’s troops as Phunya Sele Sele moved level on points with their counterparts on the Absa Premiership standings.
Cape Town City (0) 0
Bloemfontein Celtic (0) 1 (Mahlasela 67′)
Cape Town City: Stephens; Dove, Fielies, Gumede, Kobola (Majoro 77′) – Putsche, Nodada (Lakay 86′), Modise (Masina 65′) – Martin, Patosi, Obinna Nsofor
Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb; Pfumbidzai, Ndengane, Rikhotso, Lubisi – Hotto, Phalane (Letlabika 90+3′), Baloyi, Mahlasela (Mashikinya 88′) – Nyundu, Mabena (Letsoalo 81′)