The match between Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs ended in a 0-0 draw at the Free State Stadium on Wednesday night in their first Absa Premiership match of 2015. The log leaders were looking to continue where they left off last year in December as they ended the first half of the season unbeaten. Amakhosi showed more intent in early second minute as Mandla Masango’s shot went straight to Patrick Tignyemb.
In the 10th minute George Maluleka’s long range volley shot hit the cross bar as Celtic survived an early scare. After 20 minutes it was still 0-0 and both teams were playing attacking football and Phunya Sele Sele threatened the visitors but great cover defence from Eric Mathoho denied Lerato Lamola a scoring opportunity in the 24th
minute of the match. Reneilwe Letsholonyane had a shot at goal but his shot went wide of the goal posts in the 28th minute.
In the last 15 minutes of the first half both teams failed to create clear cut chances as the match went to half-time 0-0. In the second both teams were looking to improve. The home side started to cause problems for Chiefs and Dumisani Zuma almost scored with his header after bad communication between Siboniso Gaxa and Brilliant Khuzwayo in the 54th minute. After 70 minutes it was still goalless as Celtic continued to dominate in ball possession but with nothing to show for it.
In the 78th minute Masango’s shot was saved by Tignyemb. Following from a corner kick a great header from Mathoho was cleared off the line by Thapelo Morena as it was still deadlocked. Chiefs threatened in the last five minutes of the match as they were looking for a late winner but there was no way through the Celtic defence.