Celtic pulls great escape, collect points against Usuthu

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

Newly appointed Bloemfontein Celtric coach Owen da Gama is hoping that the come-from-behind 2 all draw against Platinum Stars in Olen Park on Saturday is the sign that the winds of change are now blowing in their favour.

Celtic had been nowhere in the first 45 minutes as the Shaun Bartlett and Petrus Mahlatsi combination failed.

While Bradley Grobler and debutant Jabu Mahlangu on 21 and 39 minutes put Stars ahead.

But The Tycoons must have had a sense of déjà vu. In December they came back against Kaizer Chiefs from also a 2-nil down to draw the game, but this time it was against them.

Defender Timothy Batabaire and Mahlatsi scored for Celtic.

Stars coach Miguel Gamondi was justifiably disappointed, although he questioned Celtics' second goal, suspecting a hand ball.

"Those were easy goals, and we should have done better than that.

Gamandi chastised his players for letting in two easy goals despite missing seven players.

l On a miserable day at Goble Park, Free State Stars produced a fine display against AmaZulu to win 3-2, pulling themselves out of the relegation battle for now.

Ea Lla Koto's Sthembiso Ngcobo scored twice ( in the 14th and 56th minutes) while Ghanaian defender Jonathan Mensah netted the other on 18 minutes.

AmaZulu scorers were Dumisani Nqwenya (56th) and Brad Ritson (60th).

l For more Premiership reports see pages 13 and 28.