Pelembe shines as Celtic down Tuks

Bloemfontein Celtic continued with their winning run in the Absa Premiership when they beat University of Pretoria 2-0 at Tuks Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Goals in each half by Helder Pelembe were crucial to hand Clinton Larsen’s men the deserved three points as they climb to the third spot on the log standings with 13 points.

The match started on a low note in a sunny Pretoria and the hosts were the better side when it comes to moving the ball around, although they couldn’t produce a threatening chance in the opening stages of the tie.

In the 13th minute Getaneh Kebede took a shot towards goal, but his effort couldn’t trouble the goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb.

The Ethiopian unleashed another shot in the 31st minute but it went wide, hitting the right of the net.

In an aim to make a quick response, Thapelo Morena also tried to open the scoring for the visitors but also missed the target in the 39th minute.

However, with three minutes to go to the interval, Pelembe received a beautiful cross from the left through Thabang Matuka and he connected beautifully to hand Siwelele the lead in the opening half.

The Free State side began their second half with a bang as the Mozambican forward completed his brace with only two minutes into the second stanza.

Sammy Troughton’s men could not trouble Siwelele’s defence in most instances despite enjoying much of the ball possession and time slowly ran out for them. Thabo Mnyamane did have a shot at goal with 15 minutes to go, but it went wide.

With a sense of urgency lacking from the Tshwane side, Celtic continued to push forward with skipper Bevan Fransman trying a shot, but goalkeeper Washington Arubi made a save.

The game ended 2-0 in favour of Celtic.

University of Pretotia: 0
Bloemfontein Celtic: (1) 2 (Pelembe 42’, 47’)

Tuks: Arubi, Mwedihanga, Monyai, Gwala, Jaure, Mnyamane, Ketjijere, Ntombayithethi (Mathosi 58’), Zwane, Kebede (Maruping 67’), Nyondo

Celtic: Tignyemb, Fransman, Ndengane, Letlabika (Rikhotso 47’), Bilankulu, Matuka, Phalane (Buchanan 76’), Lakay (Nyatama 45’), Pelembe, Morena, Massa

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