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Absa Premiership match report Bloemfontein Celtic v Black Leopards 12

Bloemfontein Celtic moved up to fifth spot in the Absa Premiership with a 4-2 victory over Black Leopards at the Dr Molemela Stadium on Sunday.

Celtic started with just one change from the comeback win over Stellenbosch FC, with Given Mashikinya returning.

Siwelele, who targeted back-to-back wins, were in front with three minutes gone through Siphelele Luthuli who finished off Tebogo Potsane’s cross into the area.

Within six minutes, Celtic had a second when Victor Letsoalo pounced on a ball from Siphelele Luthuli to rifle the back of the net with the visitors going to sleep at the back.

Leopards reduced the deficit on 28 minutes courtesy of Chris Katjiuka, who lashed home a delivery from Lesedi Kapinga.

Menzi Masuku made a telling impact moments after entering as the former Orlando Pirates man combined with Luthuli to reclaim his side’s two-goal advantage five minutes before halftime.

Cavin Johnson's charges launched their comeback at the start of the second half, bringing on Tshwarelo Bereng and Joseph Mhlongo in place of Donashano Malama and Xolani Ndlovu respectively.

The rampage from Siwelele continued as Letsoalo completed his brace with a long ball from Jackson Mabokgwane in the 54th minute.

Letsoalo’s afternoon came to an end following the 60th minute and was replaced by Andile Fikizolo up front.

Lidoda Duvha got a second in the final 12 minutes through a smart finish from substitute Bereng, but Celtic claimed victory to leapfrog Orlando Pirates into fifth spot.


Celtic: Mabokgwane,  Mashikinya , Ngobeni,  Rikhotso, Mabena, Khasipe, Potsane, Luthuli, Letsoalo, Mahashe, Phalane

Subs: Chaine, Sera, De Jongh, Tani, Fikizolo, Baloyi, Masuku.

Leopards: Mendes, Mudau , Zulu, Katjiukua , Gyimah, Abubakar, Malama, Ndovu, Ndlovu, Ngele, Kapinga.

Subs: Muleka , Ndou, Andrianarimanana, Bereng, Mncwango, Tshepe, Mhlongo.

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