MATCH CENTRE

WED 26 AUGUST 2015, 19:30, FREE STATE STADIUM

1
VS
0

Celtic claim their first victory

by Staff Reporter

Wed August 26, 21:51

A late goal from Vuyani Ntanga was enough to ensure that Bloemfontein Celtic claimed their first three points of the Absa Premiership this season as they beat Orlando Pirates 1-0 on Wednesday night at the Free State Stadium.

Hoping to get their first victory, Clinton Larsen’s charges were on fire from the word go in this match.

It was Bloemfontein Celtic that started the match with high intensity as Lyle Lakay and Dumisani Zuma showed some sense of urgency towards the goalpost.

Geoffrey Massa delivered a beautiful strike but Siyabonga Mpontshane made a good save, denying Celtic a lead in the 29th minute.

Bongani Mpandle also made a good save in denying Oupa Manyisa a goal which could have given Pirates the lead before going to half time.

In the last two minutes towards the end of the first half, Lantshene pulled a header but it missed the target.

In the second half both teams tried to search for a breakthrough, but this caused some tension which saw some free kicks taking place. But neither of the teams made good use of them.

Eric Tinkler was the first to make a change as he brought in Sifiso Myeni in place of Mpho Makola.

Just when Pirates thought they were finding their momentum, Vuyani Ntanga gave Celtic the lead with a right footed shot in the 74th minute.

In the dying minutes of the match Pirates received a corner kick but nothing progressive was done with it as Mpandle cleared it with a punch after Myeni had taken it.

Although Pirates tried to come back, Celtic’s defence was solid and this resulted in them clinching their first victory of the season.

Bloemfontein Celtic (0) 1 (Ntanga 74’)
Orlando Pirates 0

Bloemfontein Celtic: Mpandle, Letlabika, Matuka, Rikhotso, Jooste, Lakay(Ndengane 76’), Zuma (Nyatama 63’), Shikweni, Ntanga, Phalane, Massa (Lamola 62’)

Orlando Pirates: Mpontshane, Sangweni, Gcaba, Mahamutsa, Jele, Sarr (Motupa 78’), Rakhale, Makola (Myeni 57’), Manyisa, Ndoro (Majoro 65’), Erasmus

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH FREE STATE STADIUM
BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC GOALS ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS
15. Vuyani Ntanga (74')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC STARTING LINEUP ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
31
40
Defender
2
Defender
85'
2
Defender
4
5
Defender
28
Midfielder
63'
42
21
Midfielder
50'
8
Midfielder
78'
18
Midfielder
76'
7
Midfielder
57'
5
Midfielder
25
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
74'
15
Midfielder
25
Midfielder
11
Forward/Striker
65'
7
Forward/Striker
62'
17
SUBSTITUTIONS
Lerato Lamola
Forward/Striker
62'
14
Sifiso Myeni
Midfielder
57'
11
Musa Nyatama
Midfielder
63'
4
Lehlohonolo Majoro
Forward/Striker
65'
45
Alfred Ndengane
Midfielder
76'
27
Gift Motupa
Midfielder
78'
38
CARDS
Lantshene Phalane
Midfielder
50'
8
Ayanda Gcaba
Defender
85'
2
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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