Bloemfontein Celtic returned to winning ways with a convincing 5-1 win over Polokwane City in an Absa Premiership encounter played at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Alfred Ndengane and Vuyani Ntanga scored for Siwelele in the first stanza before Dumisani Zuma and Jacky Motshegwa added another three in the second half, Motshegwa scoring a stunning brace.
Sipho Jembula netted a mere consolation for ‘Rise and Shine’.
With both teams lingering at the bottom of the league table, both coaches put emphasis on attack as they went in search off all three points and some sort of reprieve.
Their respective teams delivered in terms of attacking intent with chances coming thick and fast in the first half.
Lerato Lamola looked certain to open the scoring for the hosts in the eighth minute, but he was denied by Dino Visser, who made an unorthodox save with his head.
Three minutes later Siwelele did manage to find the opener through Ndengane. Dumisane Zuma’s floated cross was superbly met by Ndengane who rose highest before heading past Visser who had no chance.
Rise and Shine looked to hit back immediately and almost did so two minutes later. The Celtic defenders backed off Polokwane captain Jabulani Maluleke and the former SuperSport United midfielder almost punished them, blazing his effort just wide of goal.
Thobani Mncwango should’ve levelled matters in the 20th minute as chances continued to flow in an action packed encounter. The Polokwane striker broke through on goal, but failed in his attempt to chip an onrushing Patrick Tignyemb.
Ntanga doubled the hosts lead in the 34th minute. The visitors failed to clear a free-kick and were punished by the Phunya Sele Sele who finished from an acute angle.
Musa Nyatama had a chance to kill off the game three minutes later. The Celtic midfielder succesfully beat the offside trap, but failed to find the back of the net with only the keeper to beat.
Kosta Papic introduced Puleng Tlolane, who was the club’s top scorer last season, after the break as he looked to turn things around in the second-half.
Zuma made it 3-0 on the hour mark following a quick counter. The youngster slipped and recovered in the box before curling the ball past Visser.
Second-half substitue Motshegwa extended Celtic’s lead in the 68th minute, running onto a superb through ball from Nyatama before slotting the ball past Visser.
Polokwane finally pulled a goal back in the 76th minute through Jembula who’s shot from outside the area took a wicked defelction of Bevan Fransman before beating a wrong-footed Tignyemb.
Motshegwa completed his brace late into stoppage time, firing a sweet strike into the back of the net following a flowing move down the right flank.
The win moves Siwelele up to 11th place on the league standigs while Polokwane remain 15th.
Bloemfontein Celtic (2) 5 (Ndengane 11′ Ntanga 34′ Zuma 60′ Motshegwa 68′ 90+12′)
Polokwane City (0) 1 (Jembula 76′)
Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Fransman, Ndengane (Isaacks 72′), Zuma (Lakay 80′), Ntanga, Nkausu, Bilankulu, Mulenga (Motshegwa 58′), Nyatama, Cloete, Lamola.
Polokwane City: Visser; Musonda, Mhlongo, Tema, Lichaba (R. Maluleke 82′), Alexander, Maluleke, Langa (Tlolane 46′), Majafa, Kanyenda (Jembula 61′), Mncwango