MATCH CENTRE

WED 20 SEPTEMBER 2017, 19:30, ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM

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Late penalty takes Arrows back to the summit

by Graeme Jackson

Wed September 20, 21:37

Golden Arrows returned to the summit of the Absa Premiership log after a late penalty from Kudakwashe Mahachi handed them a 1-0 win over Platinum Stars on Wednesday.

Abafana Bes’thende are level with Orlando Pirates and Baroka FC at the top of the log, but hold the number one place on goal difference. Their victory at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium completed a hat-trick of league wins in the past week.

Stars started well and had an early chance to claim the lead, with Bongi Ntuli put through on goal in the eighth minute, but the striker took too long to get a shot away and Limbikani Mzava recovered to make a last-ditch tackle.

Arrows had chances of their own in the opening half hour, with Kudakwashe Mahachi and Wayde Jooste both shooting wide, while Lerato Lamola was on target with a 23rd minute effort but saw Mbongeni Mzimela make a comfortable save.

The last chance of the first half arrived in the 40th minute when Robert Ng’ambi was fouled on the edge of the box. Veteran Vuyo Mere looked to shoot direct from the free kick, but his effort flew over the crossbar to leave the game goalless at the break.

Arrows made a double change at the start of the second stanza, introducing Nduduzo Sibiya and Musa Bilankulu in place of Thabo Molefe and Wayde Jooste, and the KwaZulu-Natal side dominated much of the half.

However, the closest either side came to a goal in regulation time was a chance for Stars’ Thabang Sesinyi in the 76th minute. The young midfielder fired a powerful effort which looked destined for the back of the net, but Nkosingiphile Gumede made a superb save.

The match looked destined to end 0-0, but in injury time Arrows’ Mahachi was fouled in the box by Ryan De Jongh and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. The Zimbabwean brushed himself off and converted from the spot to secure all three points for his side.

Platinum Stars 0
Golden Arrows (0) 1 (Mahachi 90+3’)

Stars: Mzimela, De Jongh, Mwedihanga, Mlilo, Zulu, Sesinyi, Mere, Mkhabela, Mbatha (Mpeta 72’), Ng’ambi (Monama 88’), Ntuli

Arrows: Gumede, Dube, Mngwengwe, Mzava, Nkombelo, Jooste (Sibiya 46’), Cele, Molefe (Bilankulu 46’), Magubane (Mutizwa 77’), Mahachi, Lamola

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM
PLATINUM STARS GOALS GOLDEN ARROWS GOALS
11. Kudakwashe Mahachi (90 + 3')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
PLATINUM STARS STARTING LINEUP GOLDEN ARROWS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
21
32
Defender
70'
22
Defender
5
Defender
3
Defender
60'
21
Defender
2
Defender
14
0
Midfielder
90 + 3'
11
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
88'
22
Midfielder
77'
27
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
46'
24
0
Midfielder
46'
17
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
41
SUBSTITUTIONS
Luvolwethu Mpeta
Defender
72'
0
Nduduzo Sibiya
Midfielder
46'
25
Raymond Monama
Forward/Striker
88'
0
Musa Bilankulu
Defender
46'
28
Knox Mutizwa
Forward/Striker
77'
19
CARDS
Siyabonga Zulu
Defender
70'
22
Nkanyiso Mngwengwe
Defender
60'
21
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
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