Jacky Motshegwa scored the winner in the first half for Bloemfontein Celtic against Maritzburg United. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

BLOEMFONTEIN – Bloemfontein Celtic’s impressive run of form continued as they beat a struggling Maritzburg United 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium in Mangaung on Tuesday evening.

Fresh from a thrilling Telkom Knockout first-round win over in-form Supersport United at the weekend, Celtic relied on a 17th-minute strike from defensive midfielder Jacky Motshegwa, past Marizburg keeper Richard Ofori, to secure the three points.

Other than that, Ofiri – like his Celtic counterpart Patrick Tignyemb – had a fairly quiet evening.

Celtic attacker Deon Hotto suffered the wrath of the crowd on a few occasions as he got caught offside.

In midfield, the battle between goal-scorer Motshegwa and Maritzburg’s Bandile Shandu was one of the highlights of the night.

Maritzburg threw everything they had at Celtic in the second half, but it was to no avail.

The men in green look a useful side since the arrival of Serbian coach Veselin Jelusic, as they picked up their fourth win in nine league games.

For young Maritzburg coach Fadlu Davids, the warning signs are ever present as his side find themselves in the lower echelons of the league table, plus an exit from the lucrative Telkom Knockout competition at the hands of lowly Platinum Stars at the weekend.

Celtic, on 15 points from nine games, face bottom-of-the-log Platinum Stars in Rustenburg on November 21.

On the same day, Maritzburg, on nine points from eight games, will travel to the Limpopo province to face Polokwane City.

African News Agency (ANA)