Result: Leopards 3-2 Celtic
Venue: Peter Mokaba Stadium
Date: 11 August 2012
Black Leopards secured a thrilling 3-2 win over Bloemfontein Celtic in their first game of the new ABSA Premiership season on Saturday.
The highly entertaining clash featured almost all the drama you could think off including two red cards, a penalty and an own goal.
The match was fairly slow to start with neither side managing to take a hold of the game but Rodney Ramagalela would enjoy the first real chance when he was played in with a long ball forward, but he was unable to control the pass as Patrick Tignyemb came to collect.
Two minutes later Celtic were in when a silly back pass went straight to Lennox Bacela but Azwindini Maphaha made the block.
Leopards started to settle and would take the lead in the 20th minute when Brian Amidu found the top corner with an incredible strike.
The Zimbabwean almost doubled his tally just before the break but his deflected effort sailed just wide of the post.
Celtic looked a different side after the break and should have drawn level early on when Lyle Lakay was picked out in the area but he was unable to bury the chance.
Bacela then failed to beat the goalkeeper soon after before they were punished for their wastefulness when Thomas Madimba was played through and he rounded the goalkeeper before firing home.
The game would change in the 70th minute though when Djunga Munganga was shown a straight red card for a poor tackle on Letladi Madubanya.
Celtic took full advantage and pulled a goal back in the 76th minute when Maphaha’s clearance bounced off Siphamanda Sithole and crossed the line.
Just seconds later the game was level when Madubanya tapped the ball in after Ruzaigh Gamildien had lifted it over the goalkeeper.
Celtic threw it away needlessly though as Dominic Issacs pulled down Madimba and Ramagalela slotted the winner from the spot with 10 minutes to go. By Sbue