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Orlando Pirates down Bloemfontein Celtic

Posted: 13 March 2010 Time: 22:17

Orlando Pirates beat Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in a Telkom Knockout Cup match at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

The goal was scored by Ndumiso Mabena in the 16th minute.

The Buccaneers were certainly deserved winners and they were on the front foot from early on, making good use of wingers Bennett Chenene and Dikgang Mabalane to dominate the opening exchanges.

However it was Celtic, very much against the run of play, who created the first genuine scoring chance of the match in the 12th minute. Right-back Billy Ratsoana provided a superb cross from a deep position on the right flank that picked out Bongani Ndulula unmarked in the penalty area, but the young striker couldn’t find the target with his effort.

Ndumiso Mabena, who had scored against Celtic in the side’s League meeting last weekend, notched up his second goal against the Bloemfontein side in as many games, breaking the deadlock in the 16th minute.

Phunya Sele Sele were unable to clear a Chenene corner kick from the right and Mabena latched onto a loose ball in the box, slamming home an unstoppable volley to put the Buccaneers 1-0 up.

Yet Celtic should have drawn level just two minutes later, with Moses Spandeel spooning a shot over the bar after a defence-splitting pass from Thembile Kanono had given the visitors’ no.11 a clear sight of goal.

Pirates stayed in the driving seat in the early stages of the second half, yet their inability to find a second goal that would put the game to bed must have been worrying for coach Ruud Krol.

Just before the hour mark Mabalane sped away down the right flank on a counter attack and provided a great cross that would have found Mabena were it not for a great clearance by Mokete Tsotetsi.

Mabalane’s pace was really troubling the Celtic backline and on 69 minutes he almost fooled Patrick Tignyemb with a shot from a tight angle when the keeper would have been expecting a cross – the goal minder did well in the end to put the ball behind for a corner kick.

Previous comments on this story...

Super Green
posted: 10:31 pm
Pirates look much better without the overrated Teko Modise.
The Ghost
posted: 10:55 pm
That's more like it Bucs, but I know that this team will break your heart the moment you start to hope.
Tshwane Derby
posted: 10:59 pm
He he he Lake Robbers in the quarterfinals Skrol is safe for now oops i meant Krol. Didn't wacth the game but im told that Mabena was givin Siwelele hard tyms! Gongrats!!!!
Tshwane Derby
posted: 11:09 pm
sebati: 2010-03-13 22:55 [ Report ]

That's more like it Bucs, but I know that this team will break your heart the moment you start to hope.

Ha ha ha Sebati man you knw ur team very well ne? it is good in blowing Hot n Cold, i'm confident this time around you'll reach the final just like last year but not sure about winning it.
posted: 11:33 pm
a totally misleading headline
Pirates down Celtic..is that what we call a 1-0 win nowadays
Anyways congrats rats, lets see how far u keep ur fans hopes up only 2 dash them lol..Sebati here knws very well, up the Bugs..lol

posted: 06:45 am
Well done to my team you deserved the win indeed,And to all the people who a busy talking about what a boring game that was hard luck we as pirates supportes liked it a win is a win i've listen to people and the media talking bad thing about pirated how pretty football won't win as games we win a game now we should play pretty football waht do you want from pirated please leave our team alone.Supersport won 3 league title playing high football scoring by corners and site pieces so leave my sea roobers alo
posted: 06:52 am
Its me again did not read ur comments at first i as a pirates supporter since 1985 when i was born 25years ago say i dont care about cup tournaments i just happy my team won thats all teams a rated on league glory i rate supersport highly for winning it back to back,You get to play only 3 games lol Cosmos Black Aces and final u meet Golden Arrows and win on penalties like chips do afta u rave about it as if u won the world cup where u play best games and against best players
posted: 08:08 am
Ayi ayi ayi Ernest! Poor spelling, poor grammar, poor team! Not a good combination. Anyways bugs' win make it easier for punters. Up the bugs....Oops! I meant bucs.
posted: 08:13 am
Let me take this opportunity to say congrats Pierats.I don't normally comment on this team's issues,because this team is as DEAD as it's nickname suggests (GOSTS).But i guess they've done well not to have bombed out too early on this one for a change.Keep it up guys.
posted: 08:21 am
Thoko you hit the nail on it's head!It goes to show what kinda people support this team,possibly they belong on ANCIENT HISTORY times.After all this team is regarded as one of the OLDEST'S!
posted: 09:22 am
I can only hope that Pierats not get mixed up this results with the final as the did with the league. I hope their team will not dissappoint. K4L
posted: 09:53 am
Thanks PIRATES for beating celtics/clowns/cheats combined.
posted: 10:02 am
UP THE BUCS! i know cheats/clowns fans are not happy with this win, but who cares.
posted: 10:32 am
I thought as much but thanks for getting the message othrwise u won't be commenting on my spelling,If i dd wrong again forgive my fault as some of us use outdated phone which have key pads problems or should i say sensetive phones which sometimes get the better of my fingures.Thanx for been so bright i'm glad i did well at school and still doing well at tertiary-Lol it goes to show what kinda people like to correct what they andastnd lol its weird aint it.
posted: 10:38 am
Ooops i did it again it should be "otherwise you would not be commenting" but i bit u understood the type in error lol wow to think your black,English can be very complaicated sometyms or is it (sometimes)
posted: 10:44 am
It keeps happening ish a in complicated maybe its my off day ke mosimane wa motswana weso diatla ka mo metsing
posted: 11:07 am
Ernest my Bro, why do you feel like you have to explain yourself to scuttering airheads like Thoko and West Indian Chick. If your team made you happy last night, let the aggrieved parties throw salt as it achieves nothing. Soccer-lovers must bask in the glory of their teams even if it is brief...Over time, you will see that spelling and grammar is not essential to comments on this Blog. For instance "one of the oldest" is already in plural but West Indian Chick put an S at the end. What the hell is "Gosts" West Indian Chick?
posted: 11:16 am
Wel done 2 bucs players,considering dat dey dont hav a coach,dey playd very wel.d talkative kaizer chips fans must learn 2 shut up coz santos is gona skin dem alive.wel done senzo meyiwa
posted: 11:41 am
Madlisa, if i were u i would kip my big mouth shut. Don't b lyk sunflops donkis.
posted: 11:47 am
So Ernest Masola, you were born in 1985 and 25 yrs later u r still at tertiary. Wow, I guess u must be completing ur PHD. Not that I'm concerned about spelling since English is not our mother lingo, are u aware that u don't have to play strong teams to win the WC?

U can be drawn in the same group witn Somalia, Lusithania and Montenegro, meet Iraq in the qter finals, play Malaysia in the semis and go on to play Afghanistan in the finals hence they eliminated the likes of Italy, Germany, Holland, Brazil and Spain to pave way for you?
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