Result: Orlando Pirates 2-3 Bloemfontein Celtic
Date: 30 November
Venue: Orlando Stadium
Bloemfontein Celtic beat Orlando Pirates 3-2 on Saturday night in an ABSA Premiership clash at the Orlando Stadium.
Vuyani Ntanga, Thabo Nthethe and Musa Nyatama scored for Celtic, while Pirates goals came from Lennox Bacela and Andile Jali.
The loss by Pirates also confirms Mamelodi Sundowns as the winner of the Q-Innovation first quarter. Pirates needed to win all their remaining games of the first quarter to better the Pretoria outfit.
The first attempt at goal fell to Celtic in the fourth minute as Vuyani Ntanga tried from a free kick, but his shot went high and wide.
Two minutes later he tried from another set piece, this time the ball bounced awkwardly infront of Senzo Meyiwa, who was able to parry away.
In the 13th minute Pirates' Daine Klate tried from a free kick in a dangerous position, but his attempt hit the wall and was deflected out for a corner.
A minute later Andile Jali tried a long range effort, but it flew over the goal.
In the 20th minute Lucky Lekgwathi tried an ambitious first-time long range shot, but it went over the goal.
Two minutes later Musa Nyatama had a chance to give Celtic the lead, but his shot from the edge of the area went wide to the right.
In the 26th minute Ntanga ran into the box, but his shot from the left of goal went straight to Meyiwa.
Two minutes later Wandisile Letlabika missed another chance for Celtic as they countered at pace, but his shot from the right went wide and high.
In the 32nd minute Lerato Manzini tried from right of goal, but his shot went across the goalmouth and wide to the left.
A minute later Thabo Matlaba had a chance for Pirates from long range, but his shot went just over the goal.
In the 35th minute Gabadinho Mhango played a ball across the goal, but no one was there to finish it off for Celtic and it rolled out.
Celtic finally found a goal in the 38th minute when Ntanga jumped on a defensive clearance and volleyed in from just outside the area to make it 1-0.
Kermit Eramus tried a shot from outside of the area in the 42nd minute, but Patrick Tingyemb got down well to save.
A minute later Erasmus had another chance from inside the box, but his effort from the right was blocked by Tsietsi Mahoa, and the score remained 1-0 to Celtic at half-time.
As the second-half started the rain began to bucket down at the Orlando Stadium.
Lennox Bacela found the equalizer as he scored from a tight angle for Pirates against his former club in the 56th minute to make it 1-1.
Three minutes later Erasmus tried from a set-piece but his shot went just over the bar.
In the 65th minute Manzini was played in by Nyatama, but his shot from right of goal went high and wide.
A minute later Celtic were back in the lead when Thabo Nthethe tapped in substitute Lyle Lakay's cross after some good work from Mhango, who drew Meyiwa out of goal in the build-up. Nthethe looked to be an off-side position, but wasn't flagged.
In the 74th minute Nyatama tried a cheeky backheel at goal, but his attempt from a tight angle went wide of the goal.
Three minutes later Sifiso Myeni tried from outside the box, but he skied his effort and it went wide and high.
In the 84th minute Mhango pounced on a loose ball, but his shot from just inside the box went over.
Celtic were awarded a penalty in the 88th minute when Mbongeni Gumede brought down substitute Trevor Lamola.
Nyatama stepped up and made no mistake as he sent Meyiwa the wrong way, and Celtic led 3-1.
In the 90th minute substitute Mpho Makola had a chance for Pirates but Tingyemb saved.
A minute later Pirates were awarded a penalty when substitute Collins Mbesuma was brought down by Nthethe.
Andile Jali made no mistake to make the score 3-2, but that is how it ended.
How they started:
Orlando Pirates: Senzo Meyiwa, Thabo Matlaba, Mbongeni Gumede, Lucky Lekgwathi, Ayanda Gcaba, Andile Jali, Thandani Ntshumayelo, Sifiso Myeni, Daine Klate, Kermit Erasmus, Lennox Bacela
Bloemfontein Celtic: Patrick Tingyemb, Tsietsi Mahoa, Thabo Nthethe, Clayton Daniels, Limbikani Mzava, Wandisile Letlabika John Arwuah, Vuyani Ntanga, Musa Nyatama, Gabadinho Mhango, Lerato Manzini
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