MATCH CENTRE

SAT 03 AUGUST 2019, 18:00, ORLANDO STADIUM

3
VS
1

Bucs off to winning start in 2019/20

by Staff Reporter

Sat August 03, 20:17

Orlando Pirates defeated Bloemfontein Celtic 3-1 at Orlando Stadium on Saturday to get their 2019/20 Absa Premiership campaign off to a winning start.


The Buccaneers secured all three points thanks to strikes from Augustine Mulenga, Innocent Maela and debutant Frank Mhango, while Phunya Sele Sele’s consolation goal came from Mzwanele Mahashe.


Pirates got off to a flyer and claimed the lead as early as the sixth minute: Musa Nyatama played a beautiful pass from midfield to pick out a great run from Augustine Mulenga: the Zambian forward controlled the ball and provided a composed finish past goalkeeper Sipho Chaine to make it 1-0.


That was not the only early blow suffered by Celtic, as experienced defender Wandisile Letlabika picked up an injury and was replaced by Mzwanele Mahashe in the opening minutes.


The Buccaneers controlled much of the first half but struggled to create further clear-cut chances to add to their advantage, with Phunya Sele Sele working hard to hold the hosts at bay and keep themselves in the contest.


And the Bloemfontein side was rewarded with a goal out of nowhere in the 39th minute, as a free kick picked out Mahashe, whose initial touch put the ball up in the air and drew Wayne Sandilands off his line – the defender then sent a looping header over the goalkeeper to make it 1-1.


The teams were level at the break, but Pirates needed just 11 minutes of the second stanza to reclaim the ascendancy. A corner kick found Innocent Maela unmarked in the box and he powered a header into the back of the net to put Bucs 2-1 up.


Celtic very nearly struck back for a second time through Menzi Masuku, who got away a low shot from the left of the penalty area in the 75th minute but Sandilands made an excellent finger-tip save to push the ball just past his far post.


Yet any hope the away side had of a comeback was taken away in the 78th minute when former Celtic man Frank Mhango chased down a defender, stole possession and swept a shot past Chaine to make it 3-1 and seal the victory for Pirates.


Celtic will be back in league action next Sunday, August 11, when they host Golden Arrows, while Pirates’ next PSL encounter will be away to SuperSport United on Wednesday, August 14.


Orlando Pirates (1) 3 (Mulenga 6’, Maela 56’, Mhango 78’)

Bloemfontein Celtic (1) 1 (Mahashe 39’)


Pirates: Sandilands, Monyane, Jele, Ndengane, Maela, Motshwari, Nyatama, Memela (Dlamini 59’), Mulenga (Mbekile 87’), Shonga (Mhango 72’), Pule


Celtic: Chaine, Tani, Letlabika (Mahashe 6’), Rikhotso, Pfumbidzai, Masuku, Phalanae, Baloyi, Maema (Fikizolo 72’), Maloisane (Potsane 60’), Mabena


MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ORLANDO STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC GOALS
23. Sakhile Innocent Maela (56') 38. Mzwanele Mahashe (39')
17. Augustine Mulenga (6')
7. Frank Mhango (78')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
31
Defender
27
Defender
0
Defender
4
3
Defender
56'
23
Defender
34
Defender
6'
5
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
42'
8
Midfielder
59'
11
Midfielder
35
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
60'
0
Forward/Striker
6'
87'
17
Midfielder
72'
24
Forward/Striker
72'
12
Forward/Striker
50
Forward/Striker
45
Forward/Striker
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
Kabelo Dlamini
Midfielder
59'
18
Mzwanele Mahashe
Defender
6'
38
Frank Mhango
Forward/Striker
72'
7
Tebogo Potsane
Midfielder
60'
0
Asavela Mbekile
Midfielder
87'
2
Andile Fikizolo
Midfielder
72'
7
CARDS
Lantshene Phalane
Midfielder
42'
8
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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