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'Rabbits' bounce back


Benoni Premier United registered their first win of 2007 when they beat the Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in a Castle Premiership match at Mehlareng Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Both teams started the game with entertaining passing football, much to the delight of the spectators.

The first real chance of the game fell in the path of Benoni's Tshepo Masilela, but his shot in the eighth minute was off-target.

Petrus Mahlatsi, who scored a brace in Celtic's last league encounter against underperforming Orlando Pirates, strengthened his case for a regular place in the starting line-up with another fine individual performance.

Both teams made a seemingly easy game look difficult, despite being offensive from the first whistle.

Without exaggerating, those who witnessed this tie will attest that both teams should have buried each other under double digits, but instead mediocrity took centre stage in front of goals.

The home side snatched the first goal from the head of Under-23 International, Bernard Parker in the 25th minute, and United went 1-0 ahead.

After that goal the 'Rabbits' might have thought it was enough for the day, as they proceeded to squander opportunities on at least three occasions.

The second half also started with a promise of a goal feast, but instead a laborious 45 minutes followed as Celtic enjoyed possession, but lacked the killer instinct to get the ball behind Benoni's goalkeeper Noel Yobou.

The 'Rabbits' shooting was way off target and they also lacked cohesion and purpose, although July Mahlangu almost scored the second for his team.

Lady luck seemed to have turned her back on the Benoni player as his effort hit the upright with the goalkeeper well beaten in the 59th minute.

The changes brought about by both coaches failed to change the complexion of the game, after a glut of missed opportunities.

The teams:

Bloemfontein Celtic: Walters Shuaib, Thabo Nthethe, Thabiso Rammile, Sashi Chalwe (James Madidilane 45), Cyrille Mubiala, John Maduka, Patrck Malokase (Soul Mmethi 62), Abram Nteo (Ntokozo Sikhakhane 52), Petrus Mahlatsi, Kleinbooi Taaibos, Moses Spandeel

Coach: Antonio De Nobrega.

Benoni Premier United: Noel Yobou, Ronald Kelly, Tshepo Masilela, Roland Konan, James Sangala, Beaufort Tshabalala, Katlego Loke (Goodenough Mvundla 80), July Mahlangu, Obinna Okafor (Sibusiso Zwane 88), Brian Kgafane (Abayoni Adebayoni 52), Bernard Parker

Coach: Sonas Malope

Referee: Jacob Frolic

Assistants: Geronimo Piedt, Chalambisa Mzimkhulu

Fourth Official: Victor Hlungwani

Match Commissioner: Mark Linden

Cautions: Tshepo Masilela (27), Beauford Tshabalala (66th)

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Sunday, January 28
Castle Premiership

Swallows v Premier United 
Kick-off: 3.45pm
Venue: Germiston Stadium

January 20
Castle Premiership
Draw 0-0 v Pirates
Venue: Ellis Park

January 14
Castle Premiership
Won 1-0 v Silver Stars
Venue: Germiston Stadium

January 10
Castle Premiership
Lost 0-1 v Supersport
Venue:
 Loftus Stadium

Sunday, January 7
Castle Premiership
Draw 2-2 v Leopards
Venue:
Germiston Stadium

Wednesday, December 20
Castle Premiership
Won 1-0 v AmaZulu
Venue: Princess Magogo

POLL
Which areas need reinforcement at Swallows?

Strike force
 36%
Midfield
 8%
Defence
 56%