BLOEMFONTEIN Celtic came from a goal down to beat Chippa United 2-1 in a Telkom Knockout game played at the Philippi Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
All three goals came in the second half with Buyani Sali scoring for the home side before Dominic Isaacs and Jacky Motshegwa scored for Clinton Larsen’s side.
Celtic made a strong side to the game and were close to scoring in the fifth minute when Letladi Madubanya’s shot at the near post was tipped over by Abduraghmaan White.
The next opportunity also fell to the visiting team as Ruzaigh Gamaldien saw his free kick skimming the top of the bar.
A mistake by Chippa left back Khanyiso Matome should have let in Celtic, but Lennox Bacela failed to pick out Gamaldien in the centre.
Gamaldien was giving the home side all kinds of problems and nearly scored in the 23rd minute when his header glanced over the bar.
The balance of the first half saw the Chilli Boys managing to come back into the game as they started stringing passes together, although they failed to carve out any scoring opportunities.
Just before the break there were two great chances for Phunya Sele Sele but Joel Mogorosi got his header all wrong at the back post and then Lyle Lakay failed to make contact with the goal at his mercy.
The players were greeted by a driving rain as they came out for the second half.
It was the Cape side who took the early initiative, the break seeming to have rejuvenated them. The first chance of the half fell to Diego Brown, but his free kick went just over.
The home side took the lead on the hour mark as Buyani Sali stole in to take the ball off Thabo Nthethe and Patrick Tignyemb before slotting into an empty net.
After the goal the Cape side continued to press forward and created several half chances as Celtic reeled.
But the visiting side began to regroup and put Chippa under some serious pressure with a series of corners.
This paid dividends with 12 minutes of regulation time to go as following a goalmouth scramble Dominic Isaacs was on hand to smash the ball into the back of the net.
Spurred on by the goal, Phunya Sele Sele poured forward in numbers and when the ball fell kindly to Jacky Motshegwa, he pulled the trigger in superb fashion to slam home a low drive.
Chippa United (0) 1 (Sali 60′)
Bloemfontein Celtic (0) 2 (Isaacs 78′, Motshegwa 84′)
Chippa (4-5-1): White, Khubeka, Sithole, Mvalo, Nthombayithethi, Matome, Siwahla (Thwala 61′), Sali (Carelse 85′), Alexander, Brown (Brown 86′), Mbenyane
Celtic (4-5-1): Tignyemb, Nthethe, Isaacs, Mvaza, Mahoa, Madubanya, Mogorosi, Arwuah (Motshegwa 66′), Gamildien (Manzini 78′), Lakay, Bacela (Lawler 88′).
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