MATCH CENTRE

SUN 16 SEPTEMBER 2018, 15:00, MAKHULONG STADIUM

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Highlands still unbeaten in PSL thanks to Mothobi Mvala double

by Staff Reporter

Sun September 16, 17:32

A double from Mothobi Mvala sees Highlands Park remain unbeaten in the Absa Premiership this season after beating Golden Arrows 2-1 at the Makhulong Stadium on Sunday.

More importantly the win is the club’s first of the 2018/19 league campaign and sees them up to sixth on the table.

Highlands controlled the opening exchanges and dominated proceedings, but their decision making in the final third was poor and consequently chances on goal were few and far between.

Nonetheless, the home side pushed forwarded and were rewarded for their efforts with a penalty-kick in the 21st minute after Knox Mutizwa committed a foul inside the box.

Mothobi Mvala stepped-up for Highlands and made no mistake from the spot to give his side the lead, 1-0.

After going behind Arrows seemed to wake from their slumber and began mounting some attacks of their own.

In the 32nd minute the Durban-based side pulled level when a spectacular 22-yard free-kick from Danny Venter found the corner of the net, 1-1.

Arrows’ joy was short-lived, though, with Highlands re-taking the lead four minutes later after Mvala found space inside the box and produced a clinical finish to complete his brace, 2-1

Arrows took drastic action after that and made an early change with Siboniso Conco leaving the field in the 37th minute and being replaced by Danny Phiri.

The change made no difference as the half ended 2-1 in favour of the home side.

Arrows dictated pay at the start of the second half, but they struggled to break down a resilient Highlands defence.

In fact, the next decent effort on goal went the way of Highlands just after the hour mark when Lindokuhle Mbatha let fly from the edge of the box, but his shot struck the woodwork.

Arrows threw players forward in the final half hour, but they were unable to penetrate the back-four of the home side as the game ended 2-1.

The loss for Arrows is their second of the league season and sees them in 11th place on the table after five games.

Highlands Park (1) 2 (Mvala 24’ pen + 36’)
Golden Arrows (1) 1 (Venter 37’)

Teams

Highlands: Kapini, Sibande, Motsepe, Mokoena, Msimango, Mvala, Mbatha, Ramoraka, Zwane (Motlafi 62’), Nyembe (Haoseb 84’), Ngebo (Shaulile 62’).

Arrows: Gumede, Lunga, Mazava, Mngwengwe, Sibisi, Molefe, Magubane (Lamola 66’), Venter, Mutizwa, Conco (Phiri 37’), Sibeko (Moreira 70’).

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH MAKHULONG STADIUM
HIGHLANDS PARK FC GOALS GOLDEN ARROWS GOALS
14. Mothobi Mvala (21') 4. Danny Venter (36')
14. Mothobi Mvala (36')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
HIGHLANDS PARK FC STARTING LINEUP GOLDEN ARROWS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
32
Defender
33
Defender
0
Defender
20
Defender
5
Defender
21
21
Defender
34
Midfielder
36'
4
Midfielder
43
Midfielder
29
Midfielder
21'
36'
14
Midfielder
38'
0
Midfielder
84'
31
Midfielder
70'
22
Midfielder
62'
0
Midfielder
66'
27
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
24
Forward/Striker
62'
9
Forward/Striker
19
SUBSTITUTIONS
Thabo Motlafi
Midfielder
62'
17
Danny Phiri
Midfielder
38'
26
Peter Shalulile
Forward/Striker
62'
38
Lerato Lamola
Forward/Striker
66'
41
Denzil Hoaseb
Defender
84'
45
Joao Moreira
Midfielder
70'
0
CARDS
Denzil Hoaseb
Defender
87'
45
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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