Bloemfontein Celtic
TEAM LINE UP
Tignyemb
Sambu
Booysen
Batabaire
Mototo
Spandeel (Nhlapo 87’)
Nthethe
Taaibos
Mayambela
Smith (Mahlatsi 74’)
Serunkuma (Segolela 46’)
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BLOEM CELTIC 1

0 GOLDEN ARROWS

Competition: Absa Premiership
Date: Sunday, 15 March 2009
Venue: Griffons Rugby Stadium
Kick-off: 18h30

Bloemfontein Celtic put aside a disruption at the Griffons Rugby Stadium that saw their Absa Premiership game against Golden Arrows stopped for the better part of an hour to claim an important 1-0 victory that is a boost to their hopes of avoiding relegation.

A goal early in the second half from Darrel Smith and a brave defensive effort in the latter stages of the match that saw Celtic hold off wave after wave of attacks from the visitors secured them three hard earned points.

Phunya Sele Sele remain second from bottom after defeating their opponents from KwaZulu-Natal, but they are now just two points adrift of Thanda Royal Zulu and a further two from Maritzburg United with six rounds of the league remaining.

Celtic saw six changes from the side that lost 1-0 to SuperSport United in their last league outing. In came Mario Booysen, Ditheko Mototo, Kleinbooi Taaibos, Mark Mayambela, Darrel Smith and Geoffrey Serunkuma, replacing Cyrille Mubiala, Johannes Motlhaping, Solomon Mathe, Tumelo Nhlapo, Tlou Segolela and Gert Schalkwyk.

Arrows had five alterations to the team that lost to Kaizer Chiefs, with Thulasizwe Khuzwayo, Joseph Musonda, Beka Phakathi, Thanduyise Khuboni and Francis Kombe coming in for Brenden Wardle, Nhlanhla Ngubane, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Rodgers Kola and Richard Henyekane.

Crowd control troubles at the venue saw the game stopped with just over 20 minutes of play having elapsed. No action of any real significance had happened on the pitch up until the time that the match officials took the players from the field due to fears for their safety as supporters tried to get into the overflowing terraces.

After nearly 50 minutes delay, the game resumed at Griffons Rugby Stadium. Soon after the restart, in the 32nd minute of the match, a cross from Joseph Henyekane found Phakathi in the penalty area, but the midfielder failed to hit the target with his right footed effort.

The first half ended 0-0 with the last chance before the half time whistle falling to Darrel Smith, but the attacker blazed his shot wide of goal. However, Smith got his radar working just three minutes into the second stanza when he directed the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-0 to Phunya Sele Sele.

The hosts’ defence held out well against the pressure Arrows applied to them, but Phakathi did spurn a golden opportunity with just over ten minutes to play. Substitute Siyabonga Vezi also missed a chance, though his 20 yard drive was hardly a clear cut opening.

Bloemfontein Celtic (0) 1 (Smith 48’)
Golden Arrows 0

Golden Arrows
TEAM LINE UP
Khuzwayo
Musonda
Sangweni
Masinga
J. Henyeake (Mshengu 60’)
Manqana (Mashego 73’)
N. Zothwane
Phakathi
Shange
Khuboni
Kombe (Vezi 63’)
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