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Bloemfontein Celtic beat Orlando Pirates 1-0

Posted: 18 December 2011 Time: 17:35

Orlando Pirates' hopes of closing to within four points at the top of the table were dashed when they lost 1-0 to Bloemfontein Celtic.

The Buccaneers were hoping to up the pressure on Mamelodi Sundowns, SuperSport United and Kaizer Chiefs at the head of the table, but Clifford Mulenga's early goal saw Phunya Sele Sele to a hard-fought win that instead boosts their top eight ambitions.

It is also Celtic's first League win over Pirates since the 2006/07 season.

Ruben Cloete also got his marching orders in the 90th minute for a second yellow card.

After a bright start from Pirates, Celtic drew first blood in the 14th minute, when Mulenga controlled a ball in the penalty area, turned Rooi Mahamutsa inside-out, and then finished coolly into the top corner to make it 1-0.

Following Celtic's early strike, the Buccaneers began to move through the gears and dominated. A short while after a water break midway through the first half they should have pulled themselves level when Benni McCarthy got on the end of a great cross from Ndumiso Mabena, but the striker's scuffed effort was saved by Patrick Tignyemb.

Around the half-hour mark Mulenga began to exert his influence on the game again, first firing a missile of a shot just wide of Senzo Meyiwa's left-hand post before forcing the stand-in goalkeeper into a punch off his goal-line with a dipping free-kick five minutes later.

12 minutes after the restart Isaac Chansa made a half chance with a diagonal cross into the penalty area, but Thulasizwe Mbuyane was just unable to reach the ball.

With just under 20 minutes to play, the Soweto giants finally forced Tignyemb into a save of note: the Cameroonian goalkeeper had to move sharply to his right to keep out a McCarthy free-kick as Celtic were forced onto the back foot.

Yet Celtic still had a chance to kill the game off on 76 minutes when former Pirates striker Ezenwa Otorogu was gifted a shooting chance from a just a few metres out, but the Nigerian fluffed the opportunity.

In the 82nd minute another former Buccaneer, winger Phenyo Mongala, almost scored a sensational goal after he spotted Meyiwa off his line and went for a long range lob, but the keeper quickly backpedalled and made an excellent save to keep his side in the game.

However, Pirates could find no way past Celtic's defence, and even ended the match with 10 men when Cloete picked up his second yellow card for remonstrating with the referee.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:08 am
I wud like to urge all bhaka fans on this blog to not let the homeless ones provoke them to the point of reverting to insults like them,,,,,

Yes we lost to celtic so what,,its clear tht every1 want to win againts the Champs of all Psl trophies on offer so it happened tht Siwelele took thier chances so lets move on on focus on the next game against GA.

Somehow i can excuse our players afta attending tht Gigantic awesome R100K party full of evrything tht Sweswe dreams of eating n drinkin unlike his party where Wild Island,Masonja,Mangola,Chicken feet,shwam n Skopas for snacks was the order of the day at his shack tht was used by Musona for the past two seasons.
LUNCH BAR *obvious*
posted: 10:14 am
From Oupa Manyisa to Ouma Manyanyisa!

Where was Benny McParty?

Where was the midget called Andile "Fight Club" Jali?

Where was Lucky "I like to Thank My Chairman" Lekgwathi?

Where was the headless chicken called Tlou Segolela?

Celtics Coach exposed the clueless Pirace Coach.

Let us all admit that Leal is still using Krol's ideas. FINISH EN KLAAR!

Champ Msholozi
posted: 10:15 am
Future predictions

1 Bennie McCowfie will coach the Ratz 3 seasons from now
2 Bennie McCowfie will take over from Irvy Khoza in 6years
3 Bennie McCowfie will relocate Ratz to Cape Flats 1n 8years time
5 Then Booby Solomon will coach the Ratz and Bobby Motaung will manage them
LUNCH BAR *obvious*
posted: 10:21 am

U r bitter loser!

Celtics hit your team hard, unfortunately ther is nothing you can do about it, but to resort to small talk...unengqondo yenkukhu!
Dotcom-wa le Khosi
posted: 11:12 am
Celtics Solved the X. Celtics says X=1 in Bloemfontein.
posted: 07:06 pm
It is scary to see how many people hate Champions. Pirates must welcome and learn from this hatred for "it takes a live fish to swim upstream".
It is not easy to be a celebrity cos haters will always stalk you for any little mistake you make as if you are not human and write about it in order to overshadow the celebration of your achievements. SA press chose to write about Bennie and Wits coaches altercation instead of Bennie's team win of their most elusive trophy. By the look of log standings, Pirates are still much in the title race
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