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Absa Premiership match report Bloemfontein Celtic v Orlando Pirates 26 November 2017

Posted: 26 November 2017 Time: 12:32

Orlando Pirates ended their six-match winless run with a 1-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday afternoon at Dr Molemela Stadium.

Thabo Qalinge carved out a chance for himself with a brilliant turn inside the box in the 10th minute following a pass from Mpho Makola on the edge of the box, but his left-footed shot flew across the face of goals. 
 
Lantshene Phalane almost caught Jackson Mabokgwane off his line with a looping strike from inside his own half four minutes later but his attempt bounced just beside the goals with the net gaping. 
 
The Buccaneers were dominating play after half-an-hour while Siwelele were content at hitting on counter-attacks.  
 
Makola had a lot space inside the box in the 40th minute to take a strike following a pass from Thamsanqa Gabuza but he fluffed his chance by trying to beat his marker first. 
 
The visitors, who had been dominant throughout the half, were knocking the ball around in the last five minutes looking for openings but they were unable to bypass the Celtic defence and the two sides went into the break goalless. 
 

Ndumiso Mabena had a glorious opportunity to break the deadlock five minutes into the second half after being sent through on goal one-on-one with the goalkeeper inside the box but Gladwin Shitolo recovered brilliantly and made a great tackle in the nick of time from behind.

Thabo Qalinge was withdrawn three minutes before the hour mark and Thabo Rakhale took his place for a fresh pair of legs.

Musa Nyatama got the breakthrough goal in the 61st minute through a toe-poke inside the area following a scramble in the box, 0-1.

Milutin Sredojevic buffed up his midfield after 71 minutes bringing on Issa Sarr in place of the more adventurous Makoka.

Phalane had a good crack at the goals in the 77th minute from long range free-kick that dipped into the bottom corner on target however Mabokgwane was alert to swallow the strike.

Veselin Jelusic's charges were probing after 85 minutes but the Bucs were defending deep into their own half, not giving them a sniff at the goals.

The visitors played on counter attacks in the final minutes and closed the match with tactical substitutions towards the end.

Article by: Staff Reporter

HOME: Bloemfontein Celtic

Coach: Veselin Jelusic
Formation: 4-2-3-1

AWAY: Orlando Pirates

Coach: Milutin Sredojevic
Formation: 4-2-3-1

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