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Orlando Pirates beat Bloemfontein Celtic in Nedbank Cup

Posted: 14 April 2010 Time: 22:20

At the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night, a thrilling Nedbank Cup encounter saw Orlando Pirates clinching an injury-time 2-1 win over Bloemfontein Celtic.

The game saw Pirates scoring early on through Phenyo Mongala. Celtic equalised through Mark Mayambela, but Zimbabwean Zvenyika Makonese grabbed only his second ever goal in top flight South African football to seal a 94th minute win for the Sea Robbers.

The first half was action packed with the play shifting from end to end as both sides created several good opportunities on goal.

Early play suggested Celtic would score first and this was nearly the case when Prince Olomu hit the upright after just two minutes, having been threaded through on goal by Excellent Walaza.

But five minutes later Pirates went in front with virtually their first attack when Mongala got in front of keeper Patrick Tignyemb to head home Dikgang Mabalane’s excellently flighted cross.

Mabalane himself hit the bar five minutes later with a cracking strike as Bucs enjoyed a period of domination.

The Free State side, however, began to work their way back into the game and came close when Johannes Motlhaping’s cross just eluded two unmarked team-mates, while in the 28th minute Mayambela’s hammer-blow of a shot show-cased Pirates keeper and man-of-the-match Senzo Meyiwa at his very best.

More was to come from Phunya Sele Sele as Ditheko Mototo’s header just cleared the bar, while Malokase’s control was lacking when he looked set to head down on goal.

Just before the break there were more worries for the Pirates defence when Segolela blazed a trail to the by-line, but Bucs were able to escape.

Celtic continued to enjoy the upper hand after the break, making several incisions into the Pirates half through the likes of Wellington Sambu and Segolela, but they were not close to finding the end product.

However, the complexion of the game changed in the 69th minute when Mayambela squeezed a penalty under Meyiwa after Makonese was ruled to have fouled Walaza.

The game remained there for the taking with both teams having their moments in attack in the closing 20 minutes.

Celtic though looked dangerous and also looked set to score what would surely have been the winner in the 91st minute when Segolela set up Denis Kalala, but he was denied by another outstanding Meyiwa save.

Phunya Sele Sele at least deserved extra time, but they were cruelly denied this opportunity when Makonese scored from a header with only seconds to go to the final whistle.

Pirates (4-4-2): Meyiwa; Jele, Makonese, Lekgwathi, Manyisa; Mabalane, Mothinbantwa, Kamwendo (Fanteni 80’), Mongala (Nyanda 85’); Mbuyane, Mabena

Celtic (4-4-2): Tignyemb; Khaile, Sambu, Motlhaping, Goldstone; Mayambela, Mototo, Olomu, Segolela; Walaza (Spandeel 70’), Malokase (Kalala 58’)

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 08:26 am
well done to OP , they need to work on the midfield & defence if the want to reach the semifinals .KC facing the toughest oppenents against SSU..i hope this not going to become an early exit from competition for KC.
posted: 08:29 am
Up the Bucs
From the bottom of my Khosi heart, I like to take this moment to congratulate my dearest neighbor Orlando Pirates for the great display they put up last night. I enjoyed it to the very end. May you go all the way to the top. Up the Bucs
posted: 08:36 am
Does AmaKhosikazi fans knw how to say CONGRATULATIONS?.

Big Dude
posted: 08:38 am
I'm very upset. We are the only team that makes Pirates look good. We should have won that game.

Da Gama has to explain what makes him prefer Walaza over his most experienced attacker - Moses Spandeel
posted: 08:47 am
I never so Pirates players so happy as if they already win a cup....
Eish Senzo man of the match Cheaque will be put on Pirates Cabinet.
posted: 08:51 am

U can be the last 2 talk..U come from the most bitter team in Mzansi, wena why dont u congratulate and stop obsessing over what Chiefs fans do/say!!

Anyway it took a night vigil and a 3 day fast from the highest priests of the land for Pirates 2 win, Well done guys, Meyiwa is slowly gaining his confidence back..we will see
Now please dont make this abt Chiefs, lets not forget that we beat u not so long ago and went on 2 lift the trophy, THATS the difference..anyway sorry Siwelele..Up the bucs (hehe)
posted: 08:53 am
Pirates should be known as Bloemfontein Pirates next season:

Hehehehehe WTF its called that Celtic keeper hairstyle
posted: 08:57 am
Doc: 2010-04-15 08:53

Makonese is from Santos!
posted: 09:02 am
Halala SononoFC Halala....!!!!!!!!
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 09:08 am
Pls MAkhosi go easy on Pie-rats. Show sportsmanship and congratulate them on their win. Luck or no luck a win is a win.
Pirates is not 1 skipper team or Gayser Chiefs aka Family Business FC
posted: 09:12 am
@ Doc: 2010-04-15 08:53 stupid

Makonese is from Santos
Mbuyane is from Free State Stars

Congrats to my team, though Krol is stupid sometimes. Why substitute in the 80th Minute? What was Mabena and Mongala still doing in the ground after 60 minute. We should have given Celtics the pressure from 60 minute by introducing Fanteni (though struggling) and Chenene at that point. He was waited for us to be scored and acted, stupidity, similar to Natalino Santana.nonsense, nx.
posted: 09:13 am
Pearl i'm not obssesing over what Cheaps fans are sayin or doing. But the reality is Cheaps heater always have something negative, even if the positive is expected of them.
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 09:15 am
But truth be Pie-rats fans don't deserve glory.Most of them are fair weather supporters anyway. Yesterday the stadium was only 1/4 full. Now that they beat Celtic they will go to the next match in numbers. I feel sorry for a handfull of their true supporters like that makhalanjalo. The rest deserve the heartbreak that goes with supporting this useless team.
posted: 09:24 am
Please chiefs ppl i xpect u to shoot ur big stinking mouth after you have beaten i-supersport. Most of you I dont think you know anything about soccer, cause you see chiefs with their finder finder wins and you think you support the greatest team in the world. FYI telkom final was fixed.
posted: 09:39 am
Thank you for not disapointing your BROTHER/PRESIDENT IN LAW/MFOMDESI Jacob Zuma on his 68th birth day. Sonono must be proud of you. Phela President JZ was more concerned about the game than his US commitments. We are now assured that he will focus better better in his Brazillian leg of the trip.
posted: 10:00 am
If you don’t concede any goals you’ll win more games than you lose.
posted: 10:00 am

It thats the case then Pirates are the corrupt ones, who misses all given spotkicks??? ur just talking crap

K Chiefs fans..clearly Pirates only care abt what we have 2 say,
Congratulations then Orlando Pirates FC for progressing 2 the next round of the nedbank Cup, after suffering a dismal defeat at the hand of your arch rivals u managed to bounce back..HAPPY

posted: 10:04 am
Heard it through the grapevine that a man with a senior position in the LOC, bearing a huge gap between his teeth offered Rats players tickets to the WC and an invitation to Sonono and President JZ's wedding if they won yesterday's game.

Makonese and Miyewa noting their financial could not afford to let the opportunity go.
The gentleman also advised Mgoyo no 1 suporter to tail Sadaam to see which Jujuman Cheats were using.

The original robbers are back!!! WATCH THE SPACE.
posted: 10:17 am
Let just wait and see how long will they last in a cup, will they be longer than a teabag or as usual dip a cup and through away.
posted: 10:29 am
if KC want to see SSU, THEY must be quick.
if KC want to catch SSU, THEY must be fast.
if KC want to beat SSU, THEY must be kidding.
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