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  • 12 February 2014
  • • 19:30
  • • Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Phokeng, NW
  • Referee: K. Qongqo
  • • Attendance: 1486

Platinum Stars captain Vuyo Mere

Match Report: Platinum Stars 0-0 Bloemfontein Celtic

Platinum Stars captain Vuyo Mere

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Celtic failed to record their third Absa Premiership win in a row when they were held to a goalless draw by Stars at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday night

Stars went into the match looking for their second succesive home win when they hosted Celtic. Dikwena had beaten Free State Stars in their previous Absa Premiership encounter played at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

Stars started the match very well as they pressurized the Celtic defence. Bafana Bafana winger Lindokuhle Mbatha's well taken cross was cleared away by the Celtic captain Clayton Daniels in the 13th minute.

The visting team conceded a number of free-kicks in their own half as they tried to contain the Stars attacks. In-form Stars playmaker Robert N'gambi was unfairly challenged by Celtic hardman Mogogi Gabonamong in the 21st minute. However, Dikwena failed to utilize the set-piece into their advantage.

The quiet first half which lacked any serious attempts at goal went to the break goalless. The dangermen for both sides Siwelele foward Joel Mogorosi and Dikwena attacking midfielder N'gambi were both kept very quiet by the defences.

The first chance in the second half went to Celtic when substitute Vuyani Ntanga's corner-kick was headed over the bar by on-loan Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Musa Nyatama in the 49th minute. Celtic coach Ernst Middendorp and his counterpart coach Allan Freese made early changes in the second half as Ntanga came on for striker Lerato Lamola while Henrico Botes replaced Stars foward Siphelele Mthembu.

Both sides struggled to create good goalscoring opportunities as they struggled to keep hold of the ball and create a sustained period of pressure in the final third.

It ended 0-0 with Stars moving to position four while Celtic remained at position eight on the Absa Premiership standings.