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Seisa Ramabodu
06/03/2011 15:30

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Bloemfontein Celtic, Orlando Pirates share the spoils

Posted: 6 March 2011 Time: 18:45

The crunch Premiership game between Bloemfontein Celtic and Orlando Pirates at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium on Sunday afternoon ended in an entertaining 1-1 draw.

Both goals were scored in the last 20 minutes of the game, with Katlego Mashego putting Bucs into the lead before Siphelele Mthembu equalised for Phunya Sele Sele.

The first notable action of the game saw Ruben Cloete test Celtic’s Patrick Tignyemb with a stinging long-range free-kick in the 11th minute that forced the goalkeeper into a good save low to his right.

Bucs weren’t really able to create any clear scoring chances in the first half, though they certainly looked threatening with their shooting prowess from long range.

Oupa Manyisa fired a dipping effort just wide of the target in the 17th minute and eight minutes later Andile Jali rattled the underside of the crossbar with a superb drive from 25 metres out that had Tignyemb beaten.

Celtic had enjoyed their fair share of possession but didn’t threaten a goal until the end of the first half when after a determined run Lennox Bacela sliced his effort wide with only Senzo Meyiwa to beat.

The second half was much of the same, with the teams looking to attack but struggling to create genuine opportunities.

Then, in the 72nd minute, Pirates broke the deadlock almost from nowhere.

Bucs strung together an attack and for once the Celtic defence was all at sea, Mashego cut back onto his left foot and scored with a deflection off Thabo Nthethe.

Celtic coach Clinton Larsen reacted to going behind by throwing on Bennett Chenene and Mthembu, and the two on-loan Pirates players repaid their coach’s faith almost immediately.

The pair combined to bring Phunya Sele Sele level in the 81st minute, with Chenene playing in a low cross from the left and Mthembu providing a composed and classy finish.

Both sides had spells in what remained of the game when they looked like scoring a late winner, but in the end the final whistle saw the match locked at 1-1.

Previous comments on this story...

Harari
posted: 11:05 am
Guys why league yellow and red cards affects cup games;as far as i know this is wrong because their rules are not the same.
Van Basten
posted: 12:49 pm
OK I'm no fan of Bucs and even if I was I would keep quite till the end of the season than jumping up and down. Remember what happened the last time they went 20 something matches without a loss,some haven't recovererd from that madness.we know who you are and will keep on reminding you should the same happen again which to me is likely judging by panic among the defense.
Anonymous
posted: 08:48 pm
FOR CELTIC

THERE ARE TWO CRUCIAL THINGS THAT ANY OF THE THREE TEMAS IN THE PSL AND ELSEWHERE IN ANY COMPETITION CONTEXT: (a) SOME TEAMS WORRY ABOUT NOT LOSING WHILE OTHER (b) WORRY ABOUT WINNING.

THOSE WHO WORRY ABOUT NOT LOSING, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS RECORD THEY WANT TO PROTECT, THEY ARE PLEASED WITH A DRAW. IN FACT, THEY CELEBRATE AND ARE CELEBRATED FOR IT. THIS IS WHAT CELTIC IS DOING. SOMETIMES I SIT DOWN AND WATCH THEM PACKED IN A STADIUM AND SINGING, AND WONDER ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE REALLY CELEBRATING. CELTIC CAN RECENTLY BOAST ABOUT A CHARITY CUP THEY WON IN 2007. BESIDE, THEY CAN GO BACK TO SOMETHING OF MORE THAN A DECATE. OTHERWISE IF THERE ARE WORDS THAT CAN BEST DEFINE THEM AT THE MOMENT, THEY WHOULD BE: GAP FILLERS, PARTY SPOILERS, SPAZA SHOP, ETC. THE TEAM ITSELF AND THEIR PLAYERS ARE JUST NOT CANDITADES FOR ANY MAJOY OR MINOR PRICE IN THE LEAGUE. IF CELTIC HAS TO WIN ANYTHING, THEY MUST CHANGE THIS MIND-SET.

FOR SIPHELELE, IT DOES’T MATTER. HE WAS DOING HIS JOB. BUT IF I WAS HIM, I WOULD WORRY ABOUT THE CELTIC COACH WHO FAILED TO GIVE HIM A FAIR CHANCE. THRE IS ALWAYS A POSSIBILITY THAT HE NEVER IMPRESSED PIRATES MANAGEMENT. BUT, AS A NEGATIVE MINDED SOMEBODY, HE FAILED TO WORRY ABOUT THIS FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON AND, NOW, IT IS A MATTER OF TRYING AGAIN NEXT SEASON.

FOR RUDI KROL

I FIRMLY THINK IT IS NOT AT ALL ADVISABLE TO INTRODUCE NEW PLAYERS IN THE TEAM. PENYO MONGALA, NDUMISO MABENA, NDULULA: THESE ARE PLAYERS YOU CAN JUST PUT ASIDE IF YOU WANT TO WIN THE LEAGUE, ESPECIALLY FOR THE NEXT COMING GAME. YOU HAVE SOME PLAYERS WHO HAVE BEEN THERE FROM THE BEFINING OF THE SEASON, AND THOSE ARE PLAYERS WE EXPECT TO SEE. OTHERWISE, REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED IN 2009. I HOPE WE ARE NOT WILLING TO SEE THAT AGAIN. SO, JUST PUT ASIDE MANY UNNECCESSARY THINGS AND DO THE RIGHT THING JUST TO MAKE US PROUD AND HAPPY.

THE OTHER THING THAT IS KROL’S PROBLEM: HE LIKES TO BE PREDICTABLE IN HIS SUBSTITUTIONS. FOR EXAMPLE, IT WAS EXPECTED THAT HE WAS GONA REPLACE PHENYO WITH MAYAMBELA, CHANSA WITH NDUMISO, AND MASHEGO WITH NDULULULA. FOR THE LAST THREE GAMES WHERE SEGOLELA WAS NOT PRESENT, KROL DID THIS AND STRUGGLES FOR THE FIRST HALF AND THE BEGINNING OF THE SECOND HALF. BUT HE JUST DID NOTHING TO ALTER THE TEAM. IT IS EVIDENT THAT THE PEOPLE WHO WERE SUBS IN THOSE GAMES SHOULD HAVE STARTED THE GAME. WE UNDERSTAND HIS REGRET BUT IT IS NOT REALLY SWALLOWABLE. IT IS ALWAYS REASONABLE TO FORGIVE PEOPLE WHO EVIDENTLY TRY THEIR BEST. WELL, THERE IS NO TIME TO TOLERATE NONSENSE AT THIS MOMENT OF THE LEAFUE. IF A PLAYER IS NOT PERFORMING, TAKE HIM OUT AND FIELD THOSE WHO CAN DO THE JOB. BUT FOR THE THREE PLAYERS THAT I HAVE MENTIONED, WE JUST HAVE TO BLAME KROL BECAUSE HE FIELDED THEM KNOWING THAT THEY HAVE NO ROLE FOR THE MOST PART OF THE SEASON. RUDI KROL MUST ACTUALLY APOLOGIZE FOR THIS RATHER THAN JUST GO ON GIVING NONSENSICAL EXCUSES.

RIDICULOUSLY, FOR THE THREE GAMES (CHIEFS, AMAZULU AND CELTIC) SIMILARLY FORMULATED AND PATTERNED TEAM AND SAME RESULTS. THIS COST UST SIX POINTS THOUGH. WHAT WAS KROL LOOKING FOR IN THIS THREE GAMES?
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