Nedbank Cup Last 16 Round-Up II

Celtic breeze past Richards Bay in Nedbank Cup. Bloemfontein Celtic showed their class in the Nedbank Cup. They beat National First Division side Richards Bay 3-1 at Dr Molemela Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Mpho Maruping, Neo Maema and Kabelo Dlamini all got on the scorescheet. Celtic ran the show from the start. Kabelo Dlamini whipped in […]

Celtic breeze past Richards Bay in Nedbank Cup.

Bloemfontein Celtic showed their class in the Nedbank Cup. They beat National First Division side Richards Bay 3-1 at Dr Molemela Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Mpho Maruping, Neo Maema and Kabelo Dlamini all got on the scorescheet.

Celtic ran the show from the start. Kabelo Dlamini whipped in a great cross from the left to find Ali Abondo at the far post. But he was denied by a superb stop from Xolani Ngcobo.

Shoddy defending in the 40th minute from the away side introduced the first goal of the game. Mpho Maruping bundled in a scrappy goal after a free-kick, putting Celtic ahead.

Phunya Sele Sele searched for a second goal after the restart, but some brilliant goalkeeping kept them out.

Neo Maema rifled in a long-range effort into the top corner in the 86th minute. Dlamini got  a well-deserved goal in the 90th, confirming victory for Celtic.

Bay got a consolation goal in injury time through Thabiso Nkoana.

Maritzburg United pip rivals in Nedbank Cup.

Ten-man Maritzburg United edged rivals Royal Eagles 2-1 at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Sunday in the Nedbank Cup.

Goals from Deolin Mekoa and Siyanda Xulu secured a win despite a numerical disadvantage and bad weather.

Maritzburg looked more fluid and confortable early on, nearly getting an early lead in the 6th minute. Deolin Mekoa fired a shot from the edge of the penalty area against the post.

On the stroke of half time, the Team of Choice were reduced to 10 men when defender Bevan Fransman received a second yellow card for a reckless challenge.

Maritzburg showed real mettle going ahead. Siphesihle Ndlovu, after some skillful work, laid on a simple chance for Mekoa to score from close range in the third minute of added time.

Siyanda Xulu committed a reckless foul in the 18-yard area to concede a penalty with 20 minutes left. Mame Niang converted the spot kick to level the score in the 72nd minute.

The match was suspended with about eight minutes of regulation time remaining due to bad weather. After resuming some 30 minutes later, Maritzburg reclaimed the lead in the 89th minute. Xulu headed home from a corner kick, effectively winning the match.

Teams who have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Nedbank Cup will learn their next opponent in Thursday’s draw.

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