MATCH CENTRE

TUE 20 OCTOBER 2015, 19:30, LUCAS MORIPE STADIUM

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SuperSport suffer fourth straight league defeat

by BackPageTXT

Tue October 20, 22:01

SuperSport United succumbed to their fourth Absa Premiership defeat in a row with Serame Letsoaka's Golden Arrows holding on to a narrow 2-1 win at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Tuesday.

It was a happy return for former SuperSport assistant coach Letsoaka, whose troops were 2-0 up at the break courtesy of goals from Arrows captain Matome Mathiane and pacey winger Kudakwashe Mahachi.

Kingston Nkhatha pulled a goal back for the home side, but Arrows held on to move fifth on the log standings.

Both teams went on the offensive early on with Clayton Daniels seeing his effort fly wide before Mabhudi Khenyeza forced Ronwen Williams into a routine save in the early exchanges.

Williams has been SuperSport's mister dependable amid a difficult period and the Bafana Bafana goalkeeper had to be at his best to stifle Mahachi with 10 minutes on the clock. A suicidal back pass by Dove Wome was picked up by the Arrows wide man, but Williams was quick off his line to spare his teammates blushes.

Arrows though weren't left to rue the missed opportunity with Mathiane opening the KwaZulu-Natal side's account seven minutes later.

Mabhudi Khenyeza turned inside the area before swinging in a cross-cum-shot which was tapped in by the Arrows skipper at the far past with the SuperSport defenders caught napping

Matsatsantsa's best chance of the half fell to Wome in the 43rd minute with the Togo international guilty of missing a glaring opportunity from 12 yards after the loose ball fell at his feet.

The hosts were made to pay on the stroke of half-time as on-loan winger Mahachi breezed past a static Bongani Khumalo before firing a low shot under the onrushing SuperSport stopper.

Gordon Igesund's men came out firing after the break with Dean Furman seeing his deflected volley saved by Maxamilian Mbaeva eight minutes after the interval.

The Arrows keeper then got down well to keep out Thuso Phala, but SuperSport kept knocking through Nkhahta who saw his header cleared off the line before finally finding the back of the net in the 66th minute - the Zimbabwe striker blasting the ball into the back of the net via the inside of the post from an acute angle.

SuperSport continued to press in an attempt to conjure something from the game, but their efforts were in vain as the Tshwane side remain anxiously close to the relegation zone.

SuperSport United (0) 1 (Nkhatha 66')

Golden Arrows (2) 2 (Mathiane 17' Mahachi 44')

TEAMS

SuperSport United: Williams; Kekana, Daniels, B.Khumalo, Mpeta, Furman, Mathebula (Bhengu 80'), Phala, Wome, Nkhatha, Brockie

Golden Arrows: Mbaeva; Sikhakhane, Mathiane, S.Dube, Mngwengwe, Shitolo, N.Cele, Mahachi (Zitha 88'), Khenyeza (Musonda 80'), Fikizolo, Hotto (Ramagalela 53')

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH LUCAS MORIPE STADIUM
SUPERSPORT UTD GOALS GOLDEN ARROWS GOALS
10. Kingston Nkhatha (66') 20. Trevor Mathiane (17')
46. Kudakwashe Mahachi (44')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3
SUPERSPORT UTD STARTING LINEUP GOLDEN ARROWS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
20
Defender
5
Defender
20
21
Defender
27
Defender
14
Midfielder
80'
24
Defender
37'
28
Midfielder
8
Defender
17'
20
Midfielder
16
Midfielder
41
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
53'
7
Forward/Striker
11
Midfielder
44'
88'
46
Forward/Striker
66'
10
Midfielder
17
Forward/Striker
30'
80'
40
SUBSTITUTIONS
Phumelele Bhengu
Forward/Striker
80'
9
Rodney Ramagalela
Forward/Striker
53'
6
Mwape Musonda
Forward/Striker
80'
0
Nkosinathi Zitha
Defender
88'
3
CARDS
Mabhuti Khenyeza
Forward/Striker
30'
40
Thembela Sikhakhane
Defender
37'
28
Rodney Ramagalela
Forward/Striker
62'
6
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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