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  • 31 August 2014
  • • 15:00
  • • Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Phokeng, NW
  • Referee: V. Gomes
  • • Attendance: 1500

A frustrated Ernst Middendorp sent to the stands by Victor Gomez

Platinum Stars 0-0 Bloemfontein Celtic: Wasteful Siwelele settle for a draw

A frustrated Ernst Middendorp sent to the stands by Victor Gomez

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After some poor finishing in front of goal, Phunya Sele Sele had to settle for a goalless draw against Dikwena at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday afternoon

Platinum Stars came into this match on the back of two straight defeats to Kaizer Chiefs in a space of a week, and they looked to regain their confidence against Bloemfontein Celtic.

The home side got off to a positive start when they created two superb chances early in the game, but were unable to convert them as Celtic stayed organised and remained focus from the word go.

Celtic attacker Lerato Lamola had an early chance for Siwelele but had his final shot blocked for a corner. Minutes later, Gabdinho Mhango had a half-volley from a corner situation but he was unfortunate as his shot sailed over the bar.

Phunya Sele Sele settled as the game progressed and created a fair amount of goalscoring opportunities, but lacked the finishing touch where it mattered the most.

Defender Tumelo Mogapi did well to drift forward before picking up a loose ball on the edge of the area, but his effort was deflected out for a corner.

In the 22nd minute, Mhango created a chance out of nothing from an extremely tight angle but saw his effort being deflected. A half-hour in, it was clear that Celtic had taken control of the game as they dominated 60 per cent of the ball possession and looked more threatening than the home side.

In the closing stages of the opening half, Dikwena who were quiet for the better part of the first 45 minutes, created two fantastic goalscoring opportunities. The first chance fell to Lucky Nguzana, whose headed effort went inches wide of goal, while Patrick Malokase fluffed his shot from close range a few seconds later.

Celtic coach Ernst Middendorp introduced Joel Mogorosi and Ruben Cloete into the Siwelele attack, with the hope of getting the much needed opening goal. Ten minutes into the second period Siwelele created two fantastic chances, with Lamola unable to convert his gifted opportunity and Mogapi’s vicious volley brushing the wrong side of the woodwork.

In the 71st minute, things never got any better for Celtic when referee Victor Gomez sent coach Middendorp to the stands for screaming at an official. The German mentor would be happy to have picked up a single point away from home, yet, at the same time he won’t be impressed by a lack of goals from his troops.