Pirates reach MTN8 semis

2012-08-04 06:47

Soweto - A late penalty helped Orlando Pirates progress through to the MTN8 semi-finals, by beating Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 at Orlando Stadium on Friday night.

Andile Jali's spot kick came in the 82nd minute after Kurt Lentjies was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area.

The hosts dominated possession in the opening stanza with debutant Sifiso Myeni proving troublesome on the flanks with his probing pace.

Myeni was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty in the opening minutes after his cross caught Johannes Motlhaping's hand inside the box.

The former Wits player then saw his attempted curler narrowly go over the bar midway through the half.

The Buccaneers' best chance came on the stroke of halftime when Ndumiso Mabena drew a save from Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb at close range.

Daine Klate squandered the rebound as his shot went wide.

Celtic showed glimpses of potential with their best opportunity coming in the 37th minute when Ruzaigh Gamaldien found Kurt Lentjies in the box, with the midfielder finishing wide.

Phunya Sele Sele came out with better intent in the second half, with winger Joel Mogorosi finishing wide from an Auguston Leonard cross five minutes into the half.

Then substitute Lerato Manzini forced a save from Pirates keeper Moeneeb Josephs, with Thabo Nthethe squandering the rebound shortly before the hour mark.

Pirates made a late surge in the final 15 minutes as the match looked to be heading to extra-time before netting a winner with eight minutes left on the clock.

Substitute Manti Moholo could have doubled the margin in injury time as his long range shot came off the woodwork.


  • Anele - 2012-08-04 07:07

    Well done boys

  • thulile.mcanyana - 2012-08-04 07:13

    wow im so proud of my team,ezimyama ngenkani wow,wishing i can make a braai,but hey I'm in hospital,but wow love the team.

      Giyani Thomas - 2012-08-04 08:14

      there is only one best team in south africa!!! UP THE BUCS is the one. sorry makhosi(celtic) sorry. next time.

  • mathews.komane - 2012-08-04 07:24

    I Lv the way pirates play, jut keep on that speed.

  • MrDinwiddie - 2012-08-04 07:28

    Grand start to the title defence. More goals pls

  • given.ledwaba.3 - 2012-08-04 07:41

    Dt was a gr8 play 4rm our boys, Celtic gave us a challenge bt @ da end of da day best team wins. Well done boys

  • godfrey.ngonyama - 2012-08-04 07:47

    No doubt about it,undisputed champions..up the bucs

  • paulos.hlongwane - 2012-08-04 08:15

    diz is de start of wht we did de past 2 seasons, go bucz go,,,,,,,,

      mabhekana.nzuza - 2012-08-04 12:08

      U mean what? Brown envepe ne.

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-08-04 11:48

    Luck! \r\n\r\nPure luck. Couldn't these teams be leveled when they were initially denied the same penalty earlier?\r\n\r\n\r\n*thinking out loud*

  • tshandazenzile - 2012-08-04 13:24

    Let's win it for 3rd time in a row bucs......and keep it forever. Happy people for ever.

  • mpumelelo.khumalo.39 - 2012-08-05 13:41

    l did'nt enjoy the game...but hey we gonna coz Havoc wait n See. UP DE BUCS

  • cosmas.ngwenya - 2012-08-06 12:57

    The Champs are hereeeeeeeeee.........!

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