Result: Bloemfontein Celtic 2-2 Orlando Pirates
Date: 13 August 2013
Venue: Free State Stadium
Both Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic are still without a win in the Absa Premiership as their second league match of the 2014/15 season ended 2-2 at the Free State stadium on Wednesday night.
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The Buccaneers had the lion’s share of possession, but failed to be very threatening in attack.
Instead, it was at the other end of the park that we saw the better goalmouth action.
In the sixth minute Joel Mogorosi met a corner-kick with a strong header, but his eight-yard effort went over the crossbar.
Ten minutes later and Mogorosi caused more problems at a corner-kick that led to the game’s opening goal.
Keegan Ritchie whipped a tantalising delivery into the box which Mogorosi attacked along with the Buccaneers goalkeeper and defence, but under the confusion the ball appeared to come off the arm of Rooi Mahamutsa and found its way into the back of the net, 1-0.
Pirates continued to control the possession after that, but were poor in front of goal and only managed their first attempt on target in the 24th minute when Oupa Manisa drove a 22-yard shot inches over the target.
Nonetheless, the Buccaneers pushed forward and only a brilliant save from Patrick Tignyemb kept the scores level in the 40th minute as he denied Happy Jele from roughly 25-yards out.
Pirates’ pressure finally paid off in the 43rd minute when they won a penalty-kick after Mpho Makola was pulled down inside the box by Musa Bilankulu.
Manyisa stepped up and made no mistake from the spot to take the game into the break locked at 1-1.
It was the perfect start for Celtic in the second half as Alfred Ndengane headed home a pin-point left-wing free-kick from Ritchie two minutes after the restart, 2-1.
Pirates quickly hit back as Manyisa equalised for the second time after tapping the ball home from six-yards in the 52nd minute following a swift counter-attacking move, 2-2.
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Pirates dominated proceedings for the rest of the game, but they could not make the most of it as they squandered chance after chance in front of goal.
Celtic: Tignyemb, Fransman, Ndengane, Cloete, Mzava, Letlabika, Ritchie, Bilankulu (Gabonamong 60’), Mogorosi (Isaacks 79’), Zuma (Lamola 61’), Mhango.
Pirates: Meyiwa, Matlaba, Mahamutsa, Jele, Sangweni, Sarr (Nyauza 82’), Manyisa, Ntshumayelo, Klate (Qalinge 65’), Makola, Erasmus (Majoro 86’).