Celtics beat Baroka to advance to Nedbank Cup finals

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Bloemfontein Celtic are through to the final of the Nedbank Cup after they beat ten-men Baroka FC side 3-0 in the first semi-final match of the doubleheader.

The match was played at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Nedbank Cup kicked off after a five months break following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. However, not before the pandemic has left a trail of destruction in its wake.

The pitch at the Orlando Stadium was patchy and was slowly losing its green. There were a few injuries while players were rusty and sluggish on the field of play.

It was a matter of time that they made a few mistakes and one of them was when Ananias Gebhardt of Baroka rough tackled Lucky Baloyi. The referee Victor Hlongwane did not waste time and gave Gebhardt a straight red.

The captain’s sending off killed Boroka’s confidence and Ndumiso Mabhena scored on the stroke of half time.

In the second half, Celtic piled more pressure on the opposition and was duly rewarded when they won a penalty. Victor Letsoalo scored the second goal.

Letsoalo capped their winning in style when he finished his brace to score the third goal just before the final whistle.