Two goals from forwards Joel Mogorosi and Gabadinho Mhango were enough for Bloemfontein Celtic to gun down Polokwane City 2-1 at Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium on Wednesday night
Their visitors Polokwane City were out to avoid their third successive defeat in the league, as they lost 3-1 to Bidvest Wits at home and 2-0 against Ajax Cape Town away in their previous Absa Premiership encounters.
Former Botswana international goalkeeper Modiri Marumo was called into action as early as the fifth minute by Celtic striker Lerato Lamola. The 27-year-old striker's well taken shot was saved by Marumo with a diving save.
Celtic forward Joel Mogorosi broke the deadlock with a right footed finish in the 20th minute, beating his countryman Marumo, much to the delight of the Phunya Sele Sele faithful. This was the 29-year-old's fifth Absa Premiership goal this season.
However, Celtic's lead didn't last long as Polokwane midfielder Moffat Mdluli equalized just three minutes later. The former SuperSport United midfield enforcer beat Celtic keeper Patrick Tingyemb to make it 1-1.
The visitors were slowly coming into the game after a slow start to the match. Neither keepers were really tested by the attackers up until the referee blew the half time whistle.
Just seven minutes into the second half, Celtic substitute Gabadinho Mhango made it 2-1 to the home side. The Malawi international scored with a right foot finish.
Polokwane defender Vukile Mngqibisa made a well timed clearence in the 64th minute from Celtic's Keagan Buchanan's well taken free-kick.
Two minutes later, Polokwane were reduced to ten men when right back Tlou Molekwane was sent off for a reckless tackle on Celtic goalscorer Mhango.
Despite Polokwane's numerical disadvantage Celtic failed to seriously test Polokwane keeper Marumo up until the final whistle. The winners on the night Celtic, moved to position six on the Absa Premiership standings.