Chiefs see off Celtic 3-0 to extend lead at the top

2013-03-31 18:46

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Kaizer Chiefs brushed aside Bloemfontein Celtic 3-0 in their Absa Premiership tie at Free State Stadium this afternoon.

Goals from Kingston Nkhatha, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Josta Dladla secured Chiefs their 14th win of the season.

AmaKhosi's victory meant that they move seven points clear of fierce rivals Orlando Pirates, who played to a goalless draw last night.

The men from Bloemfontein started the game off the brighter of the two sides.

It was the men from Soweto, though, who opened the scoring in the 16th minute of the match through a Kingston Nkhatha strike.

The Zimbabwean striker benefited from some great work from Siphiwe Tshabalala. Tshabalala’s miscued shot fell into the path of Nkatha, the striker made no mistake from close range to give his side the lead.

Morgan Gould seemed to have handled the ball inside the area in the 21st minute of the game. The referee though adjudged the defender to be outside the area.

Letladi Madubanya unleashed a fierce shot on goal from the resulting free-kick but Itumeleng Khune was up to the task.

Eric Mathoho had a great chance to score against his old club in the 34th minute. He got on the end of a Tshabalala corner but the defender was unable to hit the target with his header.

Celtic had a great chance to draw level just four minutes before the break. Lennox Bacela made a good run down the right flank and played a dangerous ball into the area but Joel Mogorosi could not reach the ball.

Celtic started the second stanza the stronger of the two sides, pushing forward and looking to grab an equaliser.

But Tshabalala doubled Chiefs lead in the 64th minute.

Bernard Parker played the ball into the path of an unmarked Tshabalala on the edge of the area and the midfielders shot took a wicked deflection off Dominic Isaacs to end up in the back of the net.

Josta Dladla added insult to injury in the last minute of the game, scoring from close range to secure an impressive victory for the Soweto giants.

The second half substitute combined with fellow replacement Lehlohonolo Majoro to extend their lead.

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