Parity was short-lived because, in the 68th minute, a second goal by Barken saw Celtic take the lead again
Ritchie All Stars came back late in the second half against Northern Cape Celtic (NC Celtic) to draw their Sol Plaatje Local Football Association fixture on Sunday, at the Galeshewe Astro Turf. The final score was 2-all, with the half-time score 1-0 to Celtic.
Celtic opened the scoring in the 12th minute when Hdwenkola Barken netted, but although All Stars fought back gamely during the first half, they made far too many basic errors on attack, yet their defence was solid and they managed to hold off the Celtic onslaughts.
After the break, both teams came out fresh and it was All Stars who drew first blood, with an equaliser by Kagiso Moleta in the 56th minute. However, parity was short-lived because, in the 68th minute, a second goal by Barken saw Celtic take the lead again.
The pace of the game did not let up because just four minutes later, a Celtic player was red-carded for an infringement, which then allowed All Stars to level the score again, through the penalty that was awarded. Gavin Mofata stepped forward, and made no mistake with the spot kick, levelling the scores at 2-all.
And that’s the way it stayed till the final whistle.
Ritchie All Stars manager, William Moleta said after the game, that he was happy about the outcome of the match and a single point is better than no points.
Meanwhile, the owner of NC Celtic, Malcolm Pailman, mentioned that they lost their chances of the win, but said that they will settle for the draw.
Giddy van Rooyen