MATCH CENTRE

TUE 20 DECEMBER 2016, 20:30, ORLANDO STADIUM

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VS
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Celtic add to Pirates woes

by BackPageTXT

Tue December 20, 21:34

Despite grabbing an early lead through Oupa Manyisa, Orlando Pirates lost their Absa Premiership tie 2-1 to Bloemfontein Celtic at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday night.

One goal in each half from Mthokozisi Dube and Tshepo Rikhotso ensured Siwelele moved to the 12th spot with 15 points from 14 matches.

With both sides having started on a high, it was the hosts who found the back of the net when goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb and defender Wandisile Letlabika failed to communicate allowing Manyisa to easily score in the ninth minute.

Siwelele nearly responded a minute later through Khethokwakhe Masuku's fine strike, but keeper Jackson Mabokgwane made a fine save and concede a corner.

In the 21st minute, Celtic were awarded a set piece and the delivery found Rikhotso unmarked in the box, but the defender's header went over the bar.

Four minutes later, Tignyemb was equal to the task to deny Manyisa from close range following a cross from Patrick Phungwayo, the keeper produced a save with his right foot to clear from the line off the upright.

It was 1-0 in favour of the hosts at half time.

With both sides fighting for total dominance, it was the visitors who troubled Mabokgwane when Deon Hotto took a shot which was saved by the keeper in the 65th minute.

Beautiful play by Lehlohonolo Seema's men in the 69th minute saw Hotto laying the ball for Musa Nyatama in the box who failed to beat the oncoming Mabokgwane, with his shot going wide.

In the 77th minute, defender Dube launched a long ball in search of Ayanda Dlamini, but Mabokgwane misjudged the ball to be going out of play and was beaten by a bounce.

However, right in injury time. Rikhotso pounced on a cross from the right and managed to beat Mabokgwane on the far post to make it 2-1.

The loss takes Augusto Palacios' side to number eight with 18 points on the log standings from 13 matches.

Orlando Pirates: (1) (Manyisa 9')
Bloemfontein Celtic: (0) 2 (Dube 77', Rikhotso 90')

Orlando Pirates: Mabokgwane, Gcaba, Gyimah, Sikhakhane, Phungwayo, Matlaba, Mobara (Makola 76'), Makudubela, Manyisa, Rakhale (Qalinge 70'), Ndoro (Nkosi 80')

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Mabaso (Dlamini 47'), Letlabika, Ndengane (Nyatama 47'), Mxoyana, Dube, Rikhotso, Hotto, Masuku (Zuma 82'), Phalane, Shikweni

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ORLANDO STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC GOALS
20. Oupa Manyisa (9') 3. Mthokozisi Dube (77')
22. Tshepo Mbhazima Rikhotso (90')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
30
Defender
76'
45
Defender
40'
19
Defender
2
22
3
5
Defender
8
Midfielder
45'
46'
27
30
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
33
Midfielder
82'
0
Midfielder
37
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
9'
20
Midfielder
77'
3
Midfielder
70'
25
Midfielder
25
Forward/Striker
80'
7
Forward/Striker
46'
17
SUBSTITUTIONS
Thabo Qalinge
Midfielder
70'
15
Musa Nyatama
Midfielder
46'
4
Mpho Makola
Midfielder
76'
5
Ayanda Dlamini
Goalkeeper
47'
43
Ayanda Nkosi
Forward/Striker
80'
17
Dumisani Zuma
Midfielder
82'
42
CARDS
Sibusiso Mxoyana
Defender
40'
19
Alfred Ndengane
Midfielder
45'
27
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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