Absa Premiership

Late Celtic goal sinks Pirates

2015-08-26 22:24
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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.

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.

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