Lowly Bloemfontein Celtic spring shock
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Moroka Swallows crashed 4-1 at lowly Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday and lost a chance to go second in the South African Premier League table. The shock result came after the 'Birds' had gone five matches unbeaten since the league resumed last month after a mid-season break and included wins over fellow title contenders Ajax Cape Town, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

Following a goalless first half in the central city, Cecil Oerson gave the visitors an early second-half lead only for Petros Mahlatsi to equalise two minutes later. Swallows, a Johannesburg club chasing its first top flight title, collapsed in the closing stages and Gert Schalkwyk once and Tlou Segolela twice scored for second-from-bottom Celtic.

Title holders SuperSport United lead the chase for the one-million-dollar first prize with 37 points from 20 matches followed by Mamelodi Sundowns (34), Chiefs (33), Swallows and Ajax (32 each) and Pirates and Wits (31 each). A third-minute goal from defender Justin Miller set up Wits University for a 6-2 win over Thanda Royal Zulu, a team coached by Swede Roger Palmgren who have scored and conceded more goals this season than any other Premiership club.