SuperSport United 2-1 Bloemfontein Celtic: Matsatsantsa bag first win in 2019
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Matsatsantsa returned to winning ways with a 2-1 win over Siwelele at home on Sunday afternoon

Goals through Bradley Grobler and Teboho Mokoena helped SuperSport United beat Bloemfontein Celtic in a Premier Soccer League (PSL) clash held at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Coach Kaitano Tembo’s troops were desperate for a win after failing to register a victory in three PSL matches and their recent loss came at the hands of PSL returnees, Black Leopards, away in Thoyandou last weekend.

The Zimbabwean coach welcomed back his tried and tested striker Grobler from a lengthy injury lay-off as he started the match.

For Celtic, the visitors were fresh from a win against Chippa United and a 1-1 draw at home to Golden Arrows last week.

Matsatsantsa were the better side during the opening stages, and as early as the eighth minute, Mokoena tested goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb, who failed to hold on to the low shot, while Ghampani Lungu’s follow-up effort sailed wide.

Grobler though made an immediate impact in the 14th minute when he capitalized on some sloppy defending by Siwelele and made it 1-0 from close range.

In the 33rd minute, Aubrey Modiba delivered a cross from the left, but Lungu failed to double their lead and his shot was cleared on the goal line.

Resulting from a swift counter-attack, Celtic's Given Mashikinya spotted Ndumiso Mabena in the box, but Ronwen Williams was quick to come out to concede a corner.

Coming from the tunnel, both sides failed to create clear-cut chances, but the hosts had a fair share of ball possession as they went in search of the second goal.

However, it took Mokoena’s moment of brilliance to double SuperSport’s lead when his long-range effort beat Tignyemb in the 57th minute.

The hosts would take their feet off the pedal giving Celtic some room to manoeuvre in the 63rd minute and substitute Neo Maema beat Dean Furman before laying a pass for Tshegofatso Mabaso who finished with ease, making it 2-1.

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After being kept under pressure in the 74th minute, SuperSport nearly scored their third goal through debutant Billy Mutale whose free header at the far post sailed inches wide from a set piece.

Celtic coach Lehlohonolo Seema pushed his troops to get an equalising goal, but his men could not beat SuperSport’s defence and the hosts retained the maximum points as they returned to winning ways.

The win for SuperSport lifts them to seventh with 26 points from 18 games whilst Phunya Sele Sele move down to eighth with 25 points from the same number of games

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