MATCH CENTRE

SAT 22 APRIL 2017, 15:00, PRINCESS MAGOGO STADIUM

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Arrows dim Stars in Nedbank Cup quarterfinal

by Graeme Jackson

Sat April 22, 17:06

A first-half header from Musa Bilankulu saw Golden Arrows defeat Platinum Stars 1-0 in a Nedbank Cup quarterfinal at Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday.

Both sides took their time settling into the match, with the first clear chance only arriving 17 minutes in. Golden Arrows goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede was forced to produce a double save to keep out an initial volley from Ndumiso Mabena and a follow-up shot from Bongi Ntuli.

Twelve minutes later Arrows had the best chance of the half when Knox Mutizwa sprung the offside trap and was faced with only Mbongeni Mizmela to beat, but the goalkeeper made a fine one-on-one save to keep the game deadlocked.

With the match looking likely to be goalless at the break, Arrows claimed the lead in the 40th minute. Nduduzo Sibiya provided an in-swinging corner kick and Musa Bilankulu scored with a glancing header to make it 1-0 to the hosts.

Stars, as in the first stanza, created the first clear chance after the restart, with Gerald Phiri’s cross picking out Mabena in the 51st minute, but the striker wasn’t able to get over his header and failed to trouble Gumede.

In the dying minutes Stars were desperately unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when Siyabonga Zulu’s goal-bound header from a corner kick was clearly handled by Arrows substitute Nkosinathi Mthiyane.

Golden Arrows (1) 1 (Bilankulu 40’)

Platinum Stars 0

Arrows: Gumede, Dube, Mzava, Mngwengwe, Dlamini (Mthiyane 56’), Bilankulu, Dikgacoi (Cele 76’), Sibiya, Phiri, Mahachi, Mutizwa (Lamola 64’)

Stars: Mzimela, De Jongh, Mkhabela, Mwedihanga, Zulu, Madondo (Msomi 46’), Mathe, Ng'ambi, Phiri (Links 67’), Mabena, Ntuli (Botes 74’)

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
GOLDEN ARROWS PLATINUM STARS
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
32
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
21
32
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
31
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
0
Defender
5
Defender
4
Defender
25
18
Defender
0
Defender
5
Defender
0
Defender
28
Defender
20
21
Defender
23
Defender
3
Defender
22
Defender
14
Defender
3
Defender
20
14
Midfielder
7
Defender
2
44
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
2
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
29
Midfielder
46
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
30
Midfielder
33
43
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
15
Midfielder
41
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
28
Midfielder
0
30
Midfielder
29
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
35
0
Midfielder
27
Forward/Striker
7
Midfielder
24
Forward/Striker
0
Midfielder
12
Forward/Striker
9
Midfielder
17
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
42
Forward/Striker
10
Forward/Striker
41
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
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