POLOKWANE CITY’S trip to the Free State at the weekend for their Absa Premiership fixture with Bloemfontein Celtic was far from a matter of life and death.
And indeed the two sides dished out a lacklustre performance as they had nothing to lose or gain.
Albeit the game produced early goals from the hosts’ Lerato Lamola and City’s leading goal scorer Thobani Mncwango, the two sides still shared the spoil and no one seemed perturbed after the game.
There was not much to play for in this match given that both teams were certain to finish outside the Top 8 bracket and were in no real trouble of relegation.
Before the game degenerated into an eyesore, the opening exchanges were an exciting fashionable style.
Celtic stormed into an early lead inside the first minute of the game thanks to a shot by Lamola.
A short corner by Lyle Lakay found Thapelo Morena who crossed for Lamola and he made no mistake with his shot.
Six minutes shortly, the visitors staged a resilient comeback to level matters when talismanic sharp shooter Mncwango levelled with a right footed shot following good work by Simphiwe Hlongwane.
A few minutes later Randy Ngobe shot wide of goal as the visitors kept the pressure on Celtic following their equalizer.
Towards the end of the first stanza, Aphiwe Lubisi saw his attempt at goal kept out by George Chigova before Ngobe sent an effort over the bar.
There was absolutely no quality in the opening twenty minutes of the second half.
Quality was nowhere visible on the field of play as neither team looked like they really wanted to find the second goal.
Ngobe had the best chance of this period, but lacked direction and power on the ball.
The home side brought substitutes Vuyisile Wana and Fiston Razak as Siwelele sa Masokolara looked for options to spark them into attack to try to find a winning goal.
And they came close to netting in the 76th minute when, from a corner taken by Morena, Razak’s headed attempt hit the bar.
A few half chances on either end of the field brought to a close a disappointing second half performance by both sides, with very little to write home about.
City finished their elite league campaign on the 13th spot after playing 30 matches, amassing 31 points from seven victories and 10 defeats.