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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: 05:54 pm
Talk talk too much.
posted: 05:54 pm
Ha ha ha ha ha therez no way that this mickey mouse can win the lig title this year celtic made my day hola mabukzin nizonya mihlathi yenu
posted: 05:55 pm
Shapaa Sewelele shaaapaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa....

Ke dintja dilo tseo.

Shapaaaaaa Sewelele shaapaaaaa....

Ke bana ba bomagosha dilo tseo.
posted: 05:58 pm
And today the ref disallowed a clear Celtics goal. Let's hear what the rats will say about today's ref. Who said whenever the fat Benny is playing pie-rats wins?
posted: 06:00 pm
Please this report is about Pirates lost 2 Celtics not your trophies.....so how do u feel guys??? Ok ya'll still celebrating ur trophy success mh mh
Laaste Khosi - Capo di tutti_di hond
posted: 06:01 pm
Mcfatty's promise of 100 k party for his team mates made them lose focus I suppose. Even their player the referee tried to help them but to no avail. Otorugo also tried to assist his former team, but the Khosi spirit was there to protect it from happening. Where was the oversees overseas flop fat boy McCarthy. Thanks to my fellow bruin ou Clinton Larson.. You made the circle bigger.
posted: 06:01 pm
hahahahaahaaah.......what a perfect wkend. The most loved team in the land won last nite

Hahahaaha.....and as if that was not enuff rezin 4 celebration guess what....

The most hated team in the land got their stinking asses whipped..

Shapaaaa Siwelele shapaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa......

Ke dimpya dilo tseo.
posted: 06:02 pm
Shapa Siwelele Shaaaapa.
posted: 06:02 pm
While others are busy making noise about a newly discovered feeling of winning cups, those who are used to it are collecting point. Oomhlayivayo mara.


Khosi by birth & Right.
P.S. Did Celtics also buy the ref?
posted: 06:04 pm
Jah as expected the zebras is first to comment. To be honest here,look if you play that bad as we've played, surely that kind of result is not impossible, i give credit to celtic, they were more desperate and deserves the win, no doubt about it. But why our coach decided to bench klate and jali, is anyones guess. Manyisa cant play without jali but the king can do without him. Im not directing blame at ace but it's a fact ,but ace must prove me wrong. Hardluck to us and yes it's a very bad result for us hey, but we totally deserves it.
posted: 06:04 pm
i lyk whn results r lyk dis,silence in Mzantsi,sorry rats Frogs were strnger than u nd ur Refrees
posted: 06:04 pm
Thanx selesele 4 sending those noisy rats back to their stinky holes. They were busy talking crap abt da mighty Downs. Who's dat no.18? Oops toothless mbuyane. Voetsek julle morons!!!
posted: 06:06 pm
Hola Mabukubuku hola !

Did i c Fatty McCanteen miss a sitter in the 1st half or was it my poor eyesight.
posted: 06:07 pm
Now where are the rats? Talking about cups? This was a league game incase you forgot. Dankie siwelele.
posted: 06:11 pm
I guess zebras has won the league then, seeing they talking like it's the last match of the season, well let me be the first then to congratulate them on winning the league today, welldone animals, it's an achievement i guess, lol! We'll see who's at the top when it matters most, that we will most certainly see.
posted: 06:12 pm
well done Celtics these dogs were talking kak about Chiefs win and where are they now ?
posted: 06:15 pm
I can see the zebras are masturbating over Celtic win... Mmmmm
posted: 06:16 pm
Lol thx swele swelele 4 zipng dis loud mnth dy won 2 cups by fluke dy thought dy wer unbetable 4sek u ar goin 2 embras us in der chapmions league khosi util rats win der lig 2 seasns in a row
posted: 06:18 pm
Hahahahaha galaxy of rats. Sies!! Julle stink maan.
posted: 06:21 pm
hela yalo Siwe
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