Cape Town - 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.
to get their first victory, Clinton Larsen’s charges were on fire from the word
go in this match.
was Bloemfontein Celtic that started the match with high intensity as Lyle
Lakay and Dumisani Zuma showed some sense of urgency towards the goalpost.
Massa delivered a beautiful strike but Siyabonga Mpontshane made a good save,
denying Celtic a lead in the 29th minute.
Mpandle also made a good save in denying Oupa Manyisa a goal which could have
given Pirates the lead before going to half time.
the last two minutes towards the end of the first half, Lantshene pulled a
header but it missed the target.
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.
Tinkler was the first to make a change as he brought in Sifiso Myeni in place
of Mpho Makola.
when Pirates thought they were finding their momentum, Vuyani Ntanga gave
Celtic the lead with a right footed shot in the 74th minute.
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
Pirates tried to come back, Celtic’s defence was solid and this resulted in
them clinching their first victory of the season.