Celtic, Ar­rows can’t be sep­a­rated

Daily News - - SPORT - MINENHLE MKHIZE

BLOEM­FONTEIN CELTIC GOLDEN AR­ROWS (1) 1 (0) 1

STEVE Kom­phela stole the point against his for­mer em­ploy­ers, Bloem­fontein Celtic, in an Absa Premier­ship tus­sle as La­montville Golden Ar­rows shared the spoils in a stale­mate with the hosts at Dr Molemela Sta­dium yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Abafana Bes’thende showed char­ac­ter as they came from be­hind to snatch the point away from home. Kom­phela has now col­lected four points out of a pos­si­ble six in his ten­ure with Ar­rows. He joined them three weeks ago from Celtic. It was an emo­tional re­turn for Kom­phela, who will be happy with a point. The point pushed Celtic into the top five on the log.

Ar­rows started on the front foot ask­ing plenty of ques­tions down the left.

Divine Lunga was storm­ing for­ward on a con­sis­tent ba­sis in the first half us­ing his pace to cause all sorts of prob­lems.

He crossed to Knox Mu­tizwa early in the game but the Zim­bab­wean failed to bury the chance.

Lunga also find him­self in a scor­ing po­si­tion but shot straight at Pa­trick Tignyemb. Ar­rows en­joyed the bulk of the pos­ses­sion but couldn’t con­vert their chances into goals.

Ar­rows were made to rue those missed chances when Ka­belo Dlamini played a lovely one-two with Lucky Baloyi be­fore show­ing com­po­sure to beat Nkosingiphile Gumede. The goal came one minute be­fore the in­ter­val. It was a well worked goal and Abafana Bes’thende lost con­cen­tra­tion dur­ing the crit­i­cal phase of the game and they were pun­ished.

Knox Mu­tizwa re­store par­ity for Abafana Bes’thende 65 min­utes into the game. He showed his class with a lovely free-kick. Mu­tizwa seems to be en­joy­ing life un­der the tute­lage of Kom­phela. He also net­ted last week against Mar­itzburg United.

Tignyemb pro­duced a bril­liant save to deny Nduduzo Sibiya who curled a qual­ity free-kick from the left side but the Came­ri­o­nan did well to tip it over the bar.

Ar­rows were caus­ing a havoc with their set plays around the box. Danny Ven­ter missed a glo­ri­ous op­por­tu­nity to snatch the win­ner for Ar­rows in the dy­ing min­utes of the game.

Lunga whipped in a good cross which found Ler­ato Lamola who spot­ted a well-timed run made by Ven­ter but he bal­looned his at­tempt over the bar.

Celtic had a one shot on tar­get which was for their goal but it was enough for them to earn them a vi­tal point.

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