MATCH CENTRE

SAT 27 FEBRUARY 2016, 20:15, ORLANDO STADIUM

1
VS
0

Makola takes Pirates to seventh

by BackPageTXT

Sat February 27, 22:16

Mpho Makola scored the only goal of the game as Orlando Pirates defeated Bloemfontein Celtic in an Absa Premiership match at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

In a game marred by missile-throwing and violence in the crowd, the Buccaneers did just enough to claim a victory which pushes them up to seventh on the log. Phunya Sele Sele remain in 12th place after suffering a third successive defeat.

Pirates created the first chance of the match as early as the third minute, with Mpho Makola playing a great through ball to give Thabo Rakhale a sight of goal, but the speedy winger was beaten to the ball by Celtic goalkeeper Partick Tignyemb.

The Buccaneers were the more fluid and confident team in attack, with Celtic’s somewhat disjointed efforts best encapsulated by an incident midway through the first half when Musa Nyatama appeared to be in the process of opening up the space to shoot on goal from a great position, only to be accidentally tripped by his own teammate Fiston Razak Abdul.

However, the visitors continued to grow in confidence and on 32 minutes Phunya Sele Sele nearly claimed the lead when Razak Abdul got in behind the defence, but his effort from a tight angle was well saved by Bucs ‘keeper Brighton Mhlongo.

On 39 minutes a defensive error from Celtic’s Tshepo Rikhotso handed Lehlohonolo Majoro a great chance to open the scoring, but the striker snatched at the chance and put his effort over the target with only the goalkeeper to beat.

In injury time Makola had an even better chance after a sweeping move gave him a clear shooting opportunity in the penalty area, but his left-footed effort was hit straight at Tignyemb, who easily repelled the ball to ensure the half ended goalless.

Yet the former Free State Stars midfielder atoned for his error less than two minutes into the second stanza, scoring with a shot direct from a free kick. Makola’s effort took a slight deflection off the defensive wall, which wrong-footed Tignyemb and gave him no real chance of making a save.

Just before the hour mark Celtic almost claimed an equaliser, with some good passing opening space for Thapelo Morena to shoot – the midfielder’s effort had the beating of Mhlongo, but rebounded off the inside of the post.

On 76 minutes the visitors needed Tignyemb to make a world class save to keep out a long-range grasscutter from Rakhale – the ‘keeper have seen the ball late through a crowd of players, but reacted brilliantly to make a one-handed save. However, his efforts were in vain as Pirates held on to claim the 1-0 win.

Orlando Pirates (0) 1 (Makola 47’)

Bloemfontein Celtic 0

Pirates: Mhlongo, Matlaba, Gcaba, Gyimah, Phungwayo, Rakhale, Sarr, Makola, Memela (Qalinge 69’), Motupa (Nyauza 81’), Majoro (Ndoro 80’)

Celtic: Tignyemb, Letlabika (Lubise 88’), Rikhotso, Fransman, Morena, Ndengane, Phalane (Lakay 82’), Nyatama, Matuka, Zuma, Razak Abdul (Massa 78’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ORLANDO STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC GOALS
5. Mpho Makola (47')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 1
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
30
Defender
2
Defender
16
Defender
66'
3
Defender
2
Defender
12'
8
Midfielder
17
Defender
88'
5
Midfielder
81'
38
Midfielder
70'
27
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
42
Midfielder
69'
37
Midfielder
82'
8
Midfielder
47'
5
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
25
Midfielder
12
Forward/Striker
80'
45
Forward/Striker
78'
21
SUBSTITUTIONS
Thabo Qalinge
Midfielder
69'
15
Geofrey Massa
Forward/Striker
78'
17
Tendai Ndoro
Forward/Striker
80'
7
Lyle Lakay
Midfielder
82'
7
Ntsikelelo Nyauza
Defender
81'
34
Aphiwe Lubisi
Midfielder
88'
26
CARDS
Thabo Matlaba
Defender
12'
8
Alfred Ndengane
Midfielder
70'
27
Patrick Phungwayo
Defender
66'
3
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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