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Free State Derby Thrills Crowd 15/11/03
Free State Stars edged provincial neighbours Bloemfontein Celtic 4-3 in stiffling heat at Goble Park in Bethlehem in a First Division Inland Stream game on Sunday afternoon.

Despite the scorching tempretures and with heavy conditions underfoot due to the grass not being cut, the two teams dished up a goal feast for their supporters who came out in numbers to watch the local lads.

Celtic went on the attack from the first whistle however Stars struck first in the third minute when David Dlamini ran onto a well-weighted pass and slotted past the advancing goalkeeper.

Stars then continued their domination and registered three goals in half an hour.

Simon Maduna got the second goal of the game in the 24th minute after a long throw-in and a flick on. Maduna beat the 'keeper with a powerful header which he kept low.

Dlamini got his second goal in the 33rd minute albeit by assistance from the 'keeper who got his left hand to the ball first before palming it into his net to see his team trail 3-0 at half-time.

Celtic were comprehensively outplayed by their neighbours in the first half and it seemed they would face an uphill battle in the second-half.

Vasili Sofiadelis came on in during the break and immediately stamped his authority on the game but not before Stars increased their lead to 4-0 in the 58th minute.

Sofiadelis assisted with the goal in the 59th minute and scored himself in the 71st minute after he beat the Stars offside trap and blasted the ball past the hapless keeper.

With the score 4-2 and Celtic going forward in numbers to attack, they were rewarded in the 84th minute when their midfielder scored after slack defending by the hosts.

The possibility of a draw or even a win now seemed possible for Celtic as they were spurred on by their supporters who travelled 300 kilometres from Bloemfontein to see their players in action.

It was not to be as Stars held on to what was once a comfortable four goal lead but which was reduced to only a single strike in the space of 30 minutes.

The two teams definitely gave a good account of the standard of First Division soccer as well as lessons on scoring good goals and providing entertainment for their loyal and rowdy supporters.




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