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  • 13 August 2014
  • • 19:30
  • • Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
  • Referee: V. Hlungwani
  • • Attendance: 15000

Manyisa was a Pirates hero after scoring two goals against Celtic

Bloemfontein Celtic 2-2 Orlando Pirates: Manyisa's brace spares Bucs blushes

Manyisa was a Pirates hero after scoring two goals against Celtic

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Oupa Manyisa scored a brace as Orlando Pirates came twice from behind to draw 2-2 away to Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday night

Orlando Pirates came into this clash looking to redeem themselves following their 2-1 defeat to Moroka Swallows last weekend.

Vladimir Vermezovic's charges started the game like a house on fire, especially in the opening 13 minutes, but they found themselves trailing just after 16 minutes.

Bloemfontein Celtic won a corner that was taken by Keagan Ritchie, and it fell on the head of Joel Mogorosi, who sneaked it past Senzo Meyiwa and into the back of the net.

Happy Jele tried to bring Pirates back into the game with a long range shot in the 40th minute, but Patrick Tinyemb pulled off a brilliant save to deny the 27-year-old defender what would have been a spectacular goal.

The Soweto giants were then awarded a penalty in the 43rd minute following Musa Bilankulu's foul on Mpho Makola inside the box.

Oupa Manyisa stepped up and easily made it 1-1 from the spot much to the delight of the Pirates fans out in the stands, and both teams found it hard to break each other again in the first 45 minutes.

Pirates were on the back foot again at the start of the second half, as Ritchie's free-kick found Alfred Ndengane unmarked inside the box and the Celtic man gave Meyiwa no chance with a powerful header.

However, Celtic's lead didn't last long as Kermit Erasmus got away from Bevan Fransman on the right hand side in the 52nd minute, before playing a delightful low cross to Manyisa, who easily tapped it in from close range.

Makola should have at least hit the target when he found himself inside the box in the 66th minute, but the former Free State Stars midfielder toe-poked his effort wide and high of Tinyemb's goal.

Thabo Matlaba had his shot saved by Tinyemb in the 72nd minute, as Pirates pushed for their third goal of the night and possibly wrap up the game.

Makola tried to find Erasmus with a decent cross into the penalty area with just over 15 minutes to go, but Fransman came to the rescue with a fine tackle to concede their fourth corner.

Pirates tried everything they could in the closing stages of the game, with Lehlohonolo Majoro coming on late in the game, but Phunya Sele Sele held on for a valuable point.