MATCH CENTRE

SAT 30 APRIL 2016, 15:00, CHATSWORTH STADIUM

1
VS
0

Arrows edge out Free State Stars

by BackPageTXT

Sat April 30, 16:47

Golden Arrows edged out Free State Stars 1-0 in an Absa Premiership clash played in at the Chatsworth Stadium in Durban on Saturday afternoon.

Abafana Bes'thende moved to the ninth spot on the Absa Premiership standings following their win, while Ea Lla Koto dropped down to 11th on the league log.

The first shot at goal came from Arrows forward Frank Mhango who received a pass from Matome Mathiane three minutes into the game and he placed his effort just over the crossbar.

In the 19th minute, Bokang Thlone played a pass for Sello Japhta and the latter unleashed a shot which failed to trouble Arrows goalkeeper Maximilian Mbaeva.

Mhango fired Abafana Bes'thende into the lead when he scored with a right-footed finish with Kudakwashe Mahachi providing an assist three minutes before the half-hour mark.

The visitors were awarded a free-kick just outside the Arrows box in the 35th minute and Danny Venter stepped up and placed his effort over the crossbar.

However, Abafana Bes'thende managed to contain Ea Lla Koto until the match referee blew the half-time whistle.

Nine minutes after the restart, Stars midfielder Japhta whipped the ball into the Arrows box and Mbaeva was well-positioned to gather the cross as the visitors searched the equaliser.

The home side made the first change of the game on the hour-mark when Andile Fikizolo replaced Kwanele Hlongwane.

In the 63rd minute, former Bloemfontein Celtic striker Mhango unleashed a good shot from range and Stars shot-stopper Mathole made a great save.

Namibian shot-stopper Mbaeva denied Stars midfielder Makhehlene Makhaula from close range with 13 minutes left on the clock as Stars pressed for the equalising goal.

Stars nearly grabbed a late equaliser on the 90th minute, but substitute Sithembiso Ngcobo's header from Angelo Kerspuy's cross went inches wide of the target.

In the end, Arrows emerged 1-0 winners over Stars and the latter collected the maximum points on the day.

Arrows (1) 1 (Mhango 27')
FS Stars (0) 0

Arrows XI: Mbaeva, Mngwengwe, Mathiane, Sikhakhane (Dube 78'), Bilankulu, Shitolo, Cele (Molefe 67'), Mahachi, Hlongwane (Fikizolo 60'), Sibeko, Mhango.

FS XI: Mathole, Masehe, Tlhone, Mashego, Chabalala, Venter (Ngcobo 83'), Makhaula, Vilakazi (Sekola 69'), Japhta (Kerspuy 69'), Mohomi, Nkosi .

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH CHATSWORTH STADIUM
GOLDEN ARROWS GOALS FREE STATE STARS GOALS
49. Frank Mhango (27')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
GOLDEN ARROWS STARTING LINEUP FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
31
Defender
5
24
Defender
28
34
21
20
Defender
78'
28
Midfielder
13
Defender
20
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
46
Midfielder
69'
10
Midfielder
60'
30
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
34'
67'
17
Midfielder
69'
28
Midfielder
35
Forward/Striker
21
Forward/Striker
27'
49
Forward/Striker
83'
8
SUBSTITUTIONS
Andile Fikizolo
Midfielder
60'
41
Moeketsi Sekola
Midfielder
69'
23
Thabo Molefe
Midfielder
67'
24
Angelo Kerspuy
Midfielder
69'
15
Siyabonga Dube
Defender
78'
14
Sthembiso Ngcobo
Forward/Striker
83'
29
CARDS
Nkanyiso Cele
Midfielder
34'
17
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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