BLOEMFONTEIN Celtic cruised into the Last 16 of the Nedbank Cup when they disposed of the University of Stellenbosch with an 8-0 win at the Coetzenburg Stadium in Stellenbosch on Wednesday evening.
Musa Nyatama completed his hat-trick after 17 minutes, while Lerato Lamola and Vuyani Ntanga both got a brace each as Alcardo Van Graan missed a penalty for the home side.
The match was undoubtedly Maties’ most historic match as they became the first winelands team to participate in the Nedbank Cup.
Reggie Jantjies’s side had to play eight playoff matches in order to reach this round and their final playoff match ended in a 2-1 win over Zeesha, while Celtic automatically qualified.
The encounter was always going to be an uphill battle for the young and inexperienced debutants, and they were already chasing the game after eight minutes following some scrappy defending which allowed Nyatama to score.
It was one-way traffic for Celtic and they made it 3-0, with Nyatama completing a highly impressive hat-trick in a matter of just 17 minutes.
The Mamelodi Sundowns loanee scored his second when he beat Gillroy Olivier and slotted in a neat finish before adding his third strike of the evening just five minutes later to put his team 3-0 up.
Stellies were then handed an opportunity to reduce the deficit when Patrick Tignyemb was guilty of bringing a player down inside the box. Alcardo Van Graan stood up to take the effort but failed to convert under pressure.
That miss proved to be costly as Lerato Lamola continued Siwelele’s onslaught, making it 4-0 with less than half an hour played!
Maties’ best chance in the half was clipped over the crossbar by Tignyemb, while Joel Mogorosi squandered a chance to hand Celtic their fifth goal when he had just Olivier to beat.
It was a totally dominant display by Ernst Middendorp’s men and everyone was itching for a goal, but it was the Bostwana international who made it 5-0 with ten minutes to go until the break.
There was no stopping Celtic and they added two more goals before the stroke of halftime, which saw the young Vuyani Ntanga find the back of the net on both occasions.
Despite Tignyemb being replaced by second-choice goalkeeper Thembalethu Moses, Bloemfontein Celtic continued in the same vein they ended the first half.
Lamola was the one to get onto the scoresheet as he completed his brace.
During the closing stages the visitors took their foot off the gas, but they kept their eight-goal advantage well in tact to progress into the next round of the competition.
University of Stellenbosch: (0) 0
Bloemfontein Celtic: (7) 8 (Nyatama 8’, 12’, 17’, Lamola 25’, 50’, Mogorosi 35’, Ntanga 44’, 45’)
Stellenbosch: Olivier, Jacobs, Anthony, Lewis, Magqabi, Linders, Wanza, Smidt, Manuel, Rathford, Van Graan
Celtic: Tignyemb, Ntanga, Bilankulu, Nkausu, Daniels, Mogorosi, Letlabika, Buchanan, Nyatama, Lamola, Gabonamong.
In another Nedbank Cup’s last 32 played tonight, Santos edged out Gamalakhe with a 2-1 drubbing at the the Athlone Stadium.
Meanwhile the draw for the last 16 of the competition will be conducted at an open public place at the Carleton Centre in Johannesburg tomorrow. –Backpage TXT