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06/03/2010 15:30

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Bucs, Celtic play to final day draw

Posted: 6 March 2010 Time: 18:25

Bloemfontein Celtic and Orlando Pirates played to a 1-1 draw at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium as the 2009/10 Absa Premiership season came to a close on Saturday afternoon.

Bongani Ndulula cancelled out Ndumiso Mabena’s early second half goal to see the teams share the points in a dress rehearsal for their upcoming Telkom Knockout match.

The first 45 minutes was an evenly contested battle as both sides had their fare share of chances.

The Buccaneers certainly settled the quicker of the two teams and the first chance of the game fell the way of the visiting side in the 11th minute. Katlego Mashego broke down the right flank before cutting in field and letting fly with his right boot from about 20 yards out. His shot, however, did not match the build-up play as it sailed wide.

The half had a nice ebb and flow to it as both sides tried to press forward in attack. Both sides opted for the shoot on sight policy throughout the half, but with very little success.

That, however, was not the case three minutes into the second half when Mabena gave the Buccaneers the lead.

Mashego was the source of the goal as he played a great through-ball for Mabena to run onto, where he found himself in a one-on-one situation with the Phunya Sele Sele goalie. Mabena showed some great composure to finish expertly and give his side a well deserved lead.

Thereafter, the Phunya Sele Sele started to dominate the midfield battle which eventually led to the equaliser in the 71st minute, thanks to a second half substitute.

A good passing movement resulted in Ndulula finding himself with the ball at his feet 12 yards out from goal. Ndulula did not waste the opportunity firing the ball past a sprawling Josephs and leveling matters on the day.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 08:54 pm
after reading mr krol interview on kickoff, now I knw what killed My team, our spine is broken(Mhlongo) and our engen is over played(Modise) as soon as the WC Is done i am sure we are going 2 c a diff and improved ghost. To all Pirates faith full let give mr kroll another year.
Anonymous
posted: 11:53 am
Pirates shudve beaten Celtic coz Siwelele will churn them outta the cup come next week,lol..ayi bhakabhaka!
Anonymous
posted: 01:28 pm
Mr. Krol Thank you very much for nothing you only embarrassing the biggest brand in South Africa please leave us we will not miss you.
Zwelithini
posted: 01:34 pm
you know what i like about this so called soccer expert like you Sbu and Pearl is that you always know things before can happened now listen Krol is not going anywhere and Celtic won't beat Pirates @Orlando dark or blue.
Anonymous
posted: 05:55 pm
zwelethini

One needs not 2 be a soccer expert 2 knw these things, i can even quit my job and make a living by betting on what Pirates will win and lose a season..

Khosi
Anonymous
posted: 07:48 pm
I agree with pearl that it does no take the expert to see that Pirates have no direction under the guidance of Krol please let us not be divided over this issue with one voice Krol go well.
Ole(The Guru)
posted: 07:36 am
hehehehehehehe Pearl!!!! eish that game was a dead rubber hopefully we will teach Krol's sinking ship a thing or two on Saturday.
Anonymous
posted: 09:28 am
Lol, OB

U knw Pirates is as good as out and im basing this on current and past form, reputatuion, calibre, pedigree u name it..just give them a hiding
Anonymous
posted: 01:33 pm
the writer conviniently forgot to mention that Pie-rats missed a penalty in this game
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