Match Report – Game 12 - Bloemfontein Celtic VS Avendale
Date published: 24 March 2016 by Thembalam Ngomankulu
Bloemfontein Celtic had most of the ball forcing their opponents to lose shape and structure in order for them to find a way to penetrate through the Avendale defence. Avendale played more defensively trying to read the game of the away team.
Avendale Athletico played more defensively using a 4-5-1 formation attacking with only one striker, Darren Nelson who showed good pace but the centre back of Bloemfontein Celtic had made their defence a strong wall.
In the 20th minute Avendale defender and captain was stretchered off the field due to contact by a Bloemfontein Celtic midfielder but the player came back on to play.
In the 24th minute Bloemfontein Celtic started to attack using their winger to make some runs forcing more pressure on the Avendale defence, and to create more fouls.
Just before the end of the first half, Avendale was penalised for a free kick that was taken viciously but the Avendale keeper denied the goal by making a magnificent save. As we were heading to the break with a 0 - 0 score as both teams failed to convert their chances.
Avendale Athletico started to put more pressure on the Bloemfontein Celtic defence as they tried to take advantage of the wind in the second half of the game.
Bloemfontein Celtic made the first substitution, bringing off their midfielder and captain putting on their fresh legged winger upfront to make some use from runs that could maybe penetrate through the Avendale defenders.
Late on the momentum of the game started to increase as both teams created more fouls, during the last minutes. Before the whistle both teams started to show extra hunger with Bloemfontein Celtic creating a good chance thanks to their midfielders Qinisile, Kagsha and Sunele thanks to their skilfulness and mental ability to create. But the forwards failed to convert causing the game to end 0-0 and the teams sharing the point. Regardless of the goalless score line both teams played well and can be positive going into the later stages.