Bloemfontein Celtic coach John Maduka was pleased that his side still 'managed to compete' even after going down to ten men in their 2-1 MTN8 final defeat to Orlando Pirates.
Celtic had Ronald Pfumbizai sent off for giving away the penalty that was won and scored by Thembinkosi Lorch five minutes after half-time.
But even after going behind, Celtic were pushing Pirates until the very end and almost equalised with the last kick of the game only for Pirates keeper Richard Ofori to pull off a stunning save.
Maduka could not fault his charges for the effort they put in after they fell to a second successive final defeat.
"We started the game well," The Siwelele tactician told SuperSport TV.
"That's why we managed to score. Then after scoring, we changed. We were not the same. We started pumping the ball forward, which is not our game. We are a team that wants to play football. We want to build up from the back and try go forward.
"And again after losing the man, we got even better. We played much better when we had ten players. You could see most of the time we had more possession on the ball. Okay it was difficult to penetrate but there were those couple of chances.
"It's football. It's one of those things. I think the boys gave their best. It was not an easy game. But we are proud of ourselves that we managed to compete. You could see in the second half we were on top of them but it was only the goal that was missing."