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Arrows edge Celtic in Durban

Golden Arrows beat Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 in an Absa Premiership game at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The victory took Abafana Bes'thende to position five on the league table, while Siwelele remain 13th on the log.

Siwelele threatened first when Deon Hotto unleashed a shot which was well-saved by Abafana Bes'thende goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede.

The lanky shot-stopper was the busier of the of two keepers as he denied Hotto again in the 21st minute as Siwelele continued to search for the opening goal.

Kabelo Mahlasela, the Celtic attacker, also unleashed a good shot six minutes later, but once again Gumede was alert as he pushed the ball away.

Arrows also had a chance to take the lead five minutes before the halftime break, but Knox Mutizwa headed the ball just over the cross.

The score was 0-0 during the halftime break, thanks to some good goalkeeping by former South Africa under-23 international Gumede.

A more lively second half followed as Nkayiso Cele fired Arrows into the lead from the spot-kick nine minutes into the second half.

Celtic head coach Serame Letsoaka responded by introducing veteran Musa Nyatama for Lantshen Phalane on the hour-mark.

A minute later, Hotto set up Mpho Maruping, who made it 1-1 for Celtic. It was end-to-end stuff as Arrows also pushed more players forward.

Zimbabwe international Mutizwa restored Arrows' lead in the 65th minute when he scored with a good header, much to the delight of the home crowd.

Gumede proved to be the hero for Arrows as he made a crucial save in the dying minutes of the game and Abafana Bes'thende won 2-1.

Arrows (0) 2 (Cele 54', Mutizwa 65')

Celtic (0) 1 (Maruping 61')

Arrows: Gumede, Jooste, Mathiane, Mzava, Mthiyane, Phiri, Cele (Bilankulu 58'), Mahachi (Mngwengwe 75'), Mutizwa, Fikizolo (Lamola 64'), Msowoya.

Celtic: Mtshali, Mahlasela, Letlabika, Ndengane, Mxoyana, Dube, Maruping, Hotto, Razak, Phalane (Nyatama 60'), Zuma (Masuku 30').


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