Celtics and Arrows draw in ABSA premiership

BLOEMFONTEIN  Celtic and Golden Arrows played to 0-0 draw in their Absa Premiership at the Dr Molemela Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The match was a must-win fixture for both teams to try push for a spot in the top of eight of the league standings. But in the end, both teams had to settle for a point after some pretty ordinary finishing on the day.

Arrows Left back Kuda Mahachi had the first chance of the match in the 19th minute when he tested Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb from a free kick. However, the shot-stopper made an easy save to deny the defender.

Both teams struggled to create chances in the first half, but Nduduzo Sibiya almost put the visitors ahead just after the half-hour mark. The youngster made a great run towards the Celtic penalty area, but fluffed his lines when he took a shot at goal.

Thapelo Morena then set up Celtic striker Fiston Razzak with a lovely cross in the 35th minute. However, the forward was too slow to react and missed the chance to open the scoring.

Celtic captain Bevan Fransman was sent off in the 40th minute after receiving his second yellow card in the first half. And Arrows almost made their advantage count when they were awarded a free kick in the edge of the home side’s box. However, Sibiya blazed his shot over the bar.

Morena had the first chance of the second half, when he found himself clean through on goal in the 50th minute. The Celtic player, though, rushed his shot and missed the target.

Celtic Lantshene Phalane then tried his luck from outside the box, but Arrows goalkeeper Maximilian Mbaeva managed to make a comfortable save.

Arrows were then reduced to 10-men after Nkanyiso Mngwengwe was given his marching after a second bookable offence.

Both teams pushed for the winner in the last 10 minutes of the match, and Celtic’s Lyle Lakay went close in the 85th minute. However, in the end, neither team could break the deadlock. – ANA