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Joel Mogorosi goal wins Telkom Knockout Final for Celtic

Posted: 1 December 2012 Time: 21:05

Bloemfontein Celtic are the 2012 Telkom Knockout champions after they beat Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.


Joel Mogorosi scored the only goal of the game just after the break – albeit in controversial fashion – to hand the Free Staters the trophy, and once again deny Teko Modise silverware.

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Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens went with the attacking approach of Richard Henyekane and Eleazar Rodgers up front, but it was his midfielders who posed the biggest threat to Celtic early on.

Temba Zwane and Teko Modise both had shots on target from the edge of the area, with the latter’s requiring a fine diving save from Patrick Tignyemb.

However, it was the Free State team who came closest to the opener when Lennox Bacela was played through on goal after a defensive slip, only for Wayne Sandilands to save at his feet.

Henyekane and Zwane tested the keeper again, but the best chance of the half fell to Ruzaigh Gamildien on 30 minutes. A poor clearance dropped to him on the edge of the area but, after beating one defender, he dragged his shot inches wide of the upright.

It took just two minutes for Celtic to break the deadlock in the second half – and the goal came in controversial fashion.

Sandilands missed a cross from the right and the ball fell to Mogorosi, whose first-time header looked to have been cleared off the line by Clayton Daniels. The goal was awarded though, even though replays suggest the whole of the ball did not cross the line.

Four minutes later and Celtic almost doubled their lead when a lightning quick counter-attack saw the ball played to Gamildien, but his left-footed drive from the edge of the area went inches wide with the goalkeeper beaten.

The introduction of Anthony Laffor from the bench seemed to spark Sundowns into life, and they almost drew level from Modise’s long-range volley, which sailed just wide.

Laffor then played an excellent cross from the left which Tignyemb did well to pumch clear, before the Liberian went on a mazy run which saw him beat three defenders, but then shoot straight at the goalie.

Celtic almost made sure of the points in injury time, but Mogorosi’s shot came back off the upright. Nyasha Mushekwi then dragged Downs’ final shot wide as Celtic celebrated their first piece of silverware since 2005.

Previous comments on this story...

The Phefeni Boy
posted: 10:11 pm
Joel Mogorosi....The Botswana Kingpin did it again.......well done to Siwelele

The people of Free State deserve this trophy........Hauuuwenng Banna....
treble freedom in our life time
posted: 10:17 pm
eix mara teko, nw i ströngly blv dat he is cursd. Up da bucks, wel dun siwelele
posted: 10:21 pm
Nyc game...Celtic deserve it, congrats to sechaba sa Masele
Sgoloza82 *Golden Champ*
posted: 10:22 pm
Eish mara sundonws *speechless*
MothwaloWA le khosi
posted: 10:24 pm
kwakwakwakwa ba jelwe ka half Goal
posted: 10:24 pm
hard sundowns,you won't beat refeerees,no one will stand on a referees way
posted: 10:25 pm
Da referee gave da game 2 celtics, He ddnt gve sundowns a clear penalty bt gave celtics a goal which ws cleared off da line.....nxa, hardluck sundows bt dat neeskens of yours must go, y dd he nt play pelembe? Dat rodgers is a cow
gotze p2
posted: 10:26 pm
dominic isaacs n ntethe were solid at the bck i feel sorry for teko eish such talent cnt blv he hasn won anythng major til now yoyoyo. Mogorosi toyed with the rats n nw does dt again well done siwelele.
Marop wa le Downs
posted: 10:27 pm
We were robbed. The ball was not in any way over the line. Rodgers was kicked in the face but nothing was given. The ref decided the outÇome of the game
posted: 10:29 pm
I know some gorillas will complain about the goal......its done its done......besides, what did Sundowns do to cancel the goal.....shaaaapa Sewelele Shaaaaaaapa
posted: 10:30 pm
Ahh Shame...
Geel boy
posted: 10:30 pm
That fifa fair play flag should just dont be displayed at games anymore and referees should be charged with bringing the game into disrepute
posted: 10:31 pm
Laffour, Kekana, Mushekwi on the bench? Rodgers, Langerman & Nyandoro on the starting line-up? The coach of Sundowns must stop whatever he's smoking before he gets the team relegated.
posted: 10:31 pm
One of those days where goal line-technology is needed_ Mogorosi's ball ddnt cross over the line yes Sundowns lost but de ball ddnt cross de line period!
Mhlonitjhwa: Treble Champ kwesibili
posted: 10:34 pm
I blame the Motaungs for introducing a brown envelope in our soccer,
Champ enigma
posted: 10:34 pm
Atleast the coach had a gud idea for not starting with Masenamela, phela Mogorosi is a menace to defenders. Langermaan had a big and trying day today. But hey they say Pie rats know him.
El Sol
posted: 10:34 pm
Ay TeKo must come join leKhosi & we shall perfom a cleansing ritual using our 2 tortoises' urine..talente e teng bt inhlanhla furkol.."I am not a failure"-Johan Neeskens kwAaaaaa Mokgorosi gape, controvesial o not adliwe ama bujwa
posted: 10:35 pm
Even if the goal was not allowed. It's not guaranteed that Sundowns were gonna win.
Good riddance to these big mouths from Denneboom.
posted: 10:35 pm
Celtic ddnt beat us bt Lineman cost us da game bt unfortunately we ddnt score,Congra to Celtic.We lost da game dats al matters.Hardluck my fellow Sandawanaz.
posted: 10:38 pm
I don't care what people say.........celtics lifted the cup finish and klaar.....your grumblings won't change anything.....Pirates have been winning treble back to back with some dubious decisions and nothing was said or done for that matter,,,,,those who complain GO HANG
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