MATCH CENTRE

WED 28 OCTOBER 2015, 19:30, ORLANDO STADIUM

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Mbaeva heroics earns Arrows win

by BackPageTXT

Wed October 28, 21:58

Golden Arrows moved into the top eight of the Absa Premiership with a surprise 2-0 win over Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.

Second half goals from Kudakwashe Mahachi and Gladwin Shitolo handed the Durban side the three points which sees them up to seventh place on the table with 14 points from eight matches.

Pirates, on the other hand, see their disastrous form in the league continue with this loss extending their winless run in the Absa Premiership to five matches, leaving them in a lowly 13th place on the table with five points from seven games.

It was a night of missed opportunities for the Buccaneers who controlled the game from start to finish, but could not beat ‘man of the match’ and Arrows goalkeeper Maximilian Mbaeva.

The away side in retrospect only had a few chances on goal and they grabbed them with both hands.

In the eighth minute a mistake in defence by Arrows allowed Kermit Erasmus an opportunity to score, but the Pirates striker shot wide with an empty goal at his mercy in the eighth minute.

In the 30th minute Pirates were a bit unfortunate to see Happy Jele leave the field injured and replaced by Edwin.

Two minutes later Luvuyo Memela showed good pace to drive into the Arrows box, but Mbaeva showed real bravery to dive at the feet of the attacker and clear the ball.

Mbaeva made two more spectacular saves in the 40th minute to deny Pirates. First he stopped Erasmus from point blank range after he latched onto a cross from Memela and was then got quickly to his feet to deny Mpho Mvelase as well.

In the 52nd minute Arrows took the lead after Mahachi drove into the box from the left flank and buried the ball into the corner of the net, 1-0.

In the 66th minute Gift Motupa came close to equalising, but his 18-yard shot was saved by the fingertips of Mbaeva.

Six minutes later Mbaeva was called into action once more and he did not disappoint to close down Lehlohonolo Majoro who was through on goal.

In the 83rd minute Arrows made certain of the three points with a rare foray forward that concluded with Gladwin Shitolo driving the ball home from 16-yards out, 2-0.

Orlando Pirates (0) 0
Golden Arrows (0) 2 (Mahachi 52’, Shitolo 83’)

Teams Orlando Pirates: Mpontshane, Jele (Gyimah 30’), Sangweni, Gcaba, Matlaba, Mvelase, Sarr, Mugerwa (Motupa 58’), Memela, Erasmus, Gabuza (Majoro 53’)

Golden Arrows: Mbaeva, Mngwengwe, Mathiane, S.Dube, Sikhakhane, Shitolo (Ramagalela 92’), N.Cele, Mahachi (Katjiukua 88’), Hotto, Khenyeza (Musonda 55’), Fikizolo.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ORLANDO STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS GOLDEN ARROWS GOALS
46. Kudakwashe Mahachi (52')
5. Gladwin Shitolo (83')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP GOLDEN ARROWS STARTING LINEUP
40
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
2
Defender
83'
5
Defender
30'
4
21
Defender
30
Defender
14
21
28
Defender
8
Defender
20
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
41
Midfielder
37
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
58'
36
Midfielder
52'
88'
46
Forward/Striker
53'
31
Midfielder
17
Forward/Striker
55'
40
SUBSTITUTIONS
Edwin Gyimah
Midfielder
30'
17
Mwape Musonda
Forward/Striker
55'
0
Lehlohonolo Majoro
Forward/Striker
53'
45
Chris Katjiukua
Defender
88'
4
Gift Motupa
Midfielder
58'
38
Rodney Ramagalela
Forward/Striker
90 + 2'
6
CARDS
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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