Celtic ease past blunt Arrows
Bloemfontein Celtic produced a dominant attacking display but only managed to secure a 2-1 victory over Golden Arrows in their Premiership fixture at the Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium on Sunday.
- Celtic 2 Arrows 1
- Letsoalo opens scoring
- Hotto doubles the lead
- Chideu snatches consolation
- Arrows winless in 12 fixtures
- Celtic move five points off Sundowns
Celtic looked a class apart from Golden Arrows from the very first minute but will be left bewildered how the scoreline reflected otherwise.
Victor Letsoalo and Deon Hotto's first-half goals were two of several clear-cut chances created in the opening 45 minutes.
The visitors improved their performance in the second period and were rewarded with a consolation strike in the 69th minute through former Ajax striker Thomas Chideu.
With Golden Arrows arriving in Free State with a run of 11 games without victory, Bloemfontein Celtic, one of the most improved teams in the Premiership this season were buoyed with confidence.
Lorenzo Gordinho, on loan from Kaizer Chiefs made his first-team debut for the club slotting into central defence and was a particular highlight amongst all the excitement generated within an attacking performance from the home side.
There was also a debut for Multichoice Diski midfielder Neo Maema and the young midfielder had glimpses of promise filling the role of the now Kaizer Chiefs playmaker Kabelo Mahlasela.
Striker Victor Letsoalo scored his fourth league goal in as many games for Siwelele top opening the scoring just before the hour mark - when he profited from a marauding run from right-back Tsepho Rikhotso.
The 24-year-old left his marker for dead with a quick burst of pace into the area before squaring the ball to the in-form forward to slot home a simple finish.
Letsoalo missed a glorious opportunity a couple of minutes later when he failed to direct a header on target after a wonderful cross from the tireless Deon Hotto.
But Hotto made amends for his teammates miss, by grabbing his first goal of the season, with another well worked effort.
A quick one-two passing move with midfielder Lantshene Phalane saw the former Arrows winger though to slide the ball under the body of goalkeeper Nkosi Gumede.
The visitors defence looked well below par and off the pace, but somehow they managed to keep the scoreline at 2-0.
However, an inspired teamtalk at the break from Clinton Larsen clearly provided Abafana Bes'thende a greater impetus going forward - which they were rewarded for in the 69th minute when Zimbabwe striker Thomas Chideu prodded home a simple finish after the ball had rebounded off the post.
But it proved to be nothing more than a consolation as the tenth placed Arrows dire run continued - while Celtic moved into sixth place, five points off leaders Sundowns.