Johannesburg - Bloemfontein Celtic banished the blues following their bad start to the Premier League soccer season with a 3-2 away win over newly-promoted Polokwane City at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Wednesday night.
The three points lifted the Bloemfontein side off the bottom of the log to a respectable eighth, mid-log standing, and went a long way towards wiping away the memory of their defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns in the season opener.
On that occasion Celtic coach Clinton Larsen left the pitch spitting fire at the referee, with the result that he was charged with bringing the PSL into disrepute and was given a suspended fine of R20 000.
After a late scoring surge by his players on this occasion, Larsen was back to his usual, amiable self, and was heaping praise on all and sundry at the final whistle.
The game was a hard-fought, largely evenly-contested struggle.
Celtic's Ruzaigh Gamildien opened the scoring after only two minutes, and City on leveled in the fifth minute through an opportunist strike from Kekaetfwe Moloi.
It looked as though the proceedings were set to produce an avalanche of goals, but it evolved into a dour, unrelenting struggle.
It was only in the 74th minute, 10 minutes after substitute Roderick Mutuma came onto the pitch, that he Celtic took a 2-1 lead after he received a clinical pass from Letsie Koepeng.
Joel Mogorosi increased Celtic's lead with a shot from the edge of the penalty area in the 82nd minute and the match finished much as it had started, with a flourish of goals.
City never gave up, and when Siphesihle Nzimande reduced Celtic's lead in the 88th minute to make the final score 3-2 it was the third goal in a matter of 14 frenetic minutes.
However, City now find themselves replacing Celtic in joint bottom place on the log after losing both their two opening games in the higher division, and perhaps having to revise an earlier decision to rely on the players who won the lower National First Division last season.