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Celtic revive title hopes


Bloemfontein Celtic revived their league title hopes when they beat Jomo Cosmos 2-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Mehlareng Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Both teams played at a steady pace in the blazing heat and produced a few scoring chances, but no one was able to convert those opportunities in the early stages of the first half.

Celtic midfielder Ntokozo Sikhakane and defender Timothy Batabaire came off second best in 50/50 challenges, 'Siwelele' head coach Khabo Zondo was forced to replace them with Grant Smit (Sikhakane) and Cyrille Mubiala (Batabaire) in the 26th and 34th minutes, respectively.

The visitors took the lead on the stroke of half-time after Kleinbooi Taaibos intercepted a stray pass and sped towards goal and unselfishly lay the ball off for Ghanaian Mark Amofah, who only needed to touch the ball to find the back of the net and send Celtic 1-0 ahead on the interval.

Cosmos were a different side in the second half as they had Celtic on the back-foot, but they were unable to breakthrough the stubborn visitors' rearguard.

Much against the run of play, Amofah however struck again in the 76th minute, this time with a speculative shot that caught Cosmos goalkeeper Avril Phali off-guard as it flew into the roof of the net.

Cosmos found no way back into the match as Celtic moved up to third spot on the log standings.

The teams:

Jomo Cosmos: Phali, Mtshali, Mabalane, Gould, Massa, Laffor, Mlathe, Hadebe (Mofokeng 64), Selolwane (Magalefa 80), Tshilo, Samb.

Bloemfontein Celtic: Walters, Nhlapo, Mbendje, Batabaire (Mubiala 34), Goldstone, Mabuya, Sikhakhane (Smit 26), Taaibos, Kukane, November, Amofah.

Match report by Shahied Joseph/Backpagepix/PSL website

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