Bloemfontein Celtic 0-0 SuperSport United: Matsatsantsa and Phunya Sele Sele settle for the point

The Students look to extend their lead at the top, while Matsatsantsa plot Phunya Sele Sele's downfall

Fresh from a Premier Soccer League (PSL) win in their previous match,  Bloemfontein Celtic were looking to continue with their winning run at home against SuperSport United on Wednesday night.

For the hosts, they defeated Bidvest Wits in their previous match just before the previous Fifa international break, and spirits were high in their camp as they hosted the side from Tshwane.

A quick glance at the visiting outfit guided by coach Kaitano Tembo, they came into the clash woith a spring in their step when it comes to confidence following their 1-0 win over Free State Stars in Bethlehem in the league.

Although they were without their injured skipper Dean Furman and Clayton Daniels, who was attending to a family matter, goalkeeper Ronwen Williams was handed the armband.

After 10 minutes on the clock, coach Steve Komphela's troops were dominant in an aim to clinch an early goal, and it was Ndumiso Mabena whose long range effort failed to produce a save from Williams as it sailed over the cross bar.

Right after the quarter mark, Williams was called to produce two wonderful saves to stop Menzi Masuku in the box when the striker attempted to cleverly chip the keeper at his near post with well struck half volley which was parried over.

After settling down in the match, Matsantsantsa fought back towards the 30th minute and used their touches to penetrate Siwelele, but they still could not test Patrick Tignyemb who was protected by his defence.

Neither of the two sides could break the deadlock at the interval, but Celtic signalled their intentions and Tshegofatso Mabasa could not control in the box after a great delivery in by Bongani Sam on the left flank in the 54th minute.

Three minutes later, Kabelo Dlamini came close to opening the scores only to be denied on two occasions by Williams from point blank range to concede a corner kick.

With 30 minutes to go, Tembo introduced Reneilwe Letsholonyane who came on for Teboho Mokoena as he hoped to stabilise his midfield.

The move nearly paid dividends when defender Bongani Khumalo showed his aerial prowess in the last 25 minutes to rise above the Celtic defence, but he could not direct his header into Tignyemb's left corner.

Celtic kept the visitors in their own half but were indecisive in the box and Evans Rusike nearly punished them from a swift counter attack as his curling shot went inches wide in the 70th minute.

As a result of brilliant build-up play by SuperSport five minutes later, Letsholonyane unleashed a powerful shot and the Celtic skipper acrobatically produced a save which was later cleared by Lorenzo Gordinho.

Tembo's calculated changes shocked Celtic as he revived the midfield and Phumlani Ntshangase's well drilled strike from a distance was handled by the experienced keeper.

With both sides pushing to secure a late win, SuperSport were not clinical upfront, but it was Siwelele who were unlucky to hit the woodwork through Mabena as both sides walked away with a point apiece.

SuperSport now sit fourth on the log with 19 points from 11 games whilst their hosts remain second after 11 matches with 21 points so far.