Chippa United suffered cruel luck when an own goal decided their fate against Bloemfontein Celtic who ran out 2-1 winners in their Absa Premiership match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Wednesday night.
With the scores level-pegging at 1-all, Chippa were reduced to 1o players when Manti Moholo was sent for an early shower after a second bookable offence in the 63rd minute.
Chippa looked like they were going to survive the setback as the match wound its course to the finish but then with eight minutes playing time left Christoph Komane conceded an own goal.
The result will be a blow to Chippa’s hopes of moving well clear of the relegation zone, while Celtic have strengthened their cause for a season-ending Top 8 finish.
Chippa showed great intent straight from the kick-off and an opening minute drive from Thamsanqa Sangweni was turned away for a corner. However, nothing came from Andile Mbenyane’s corner kick.
Celtic bounced back with a raid on the Chippa penalty area where they were awarded a corner, which Keegan Ritchie reeled into but it was cleared by the defence.
Both teams were attack minded which made for play often see-sawing from one end to the other.
Chippa, however, made one of their attacking sorties count when William Twala laid a scoring pass for Andile Mbenyane who was on target for what turned out to be the only first-half goal.
Chippa’s over enthusiasm on defence got them into trouble with the referee who issued first-half yellow cards for Ruben Cloete, Manti Moholo and Thamsanqa Sangweni. Musa Nyatama was Celtic’s lone first-half booking.
Apart from the red card for Moholo, Celtic’s Keegan Ritchie also incurred the wrath of the ref who issued him with 9oth minute yellow card.
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