Arrows stutter in Cape Town

Arrows stutter in Cape Town
Musa Bilankulu of Golden Arrows

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday May 17, 2017. 21:32

Golden Arrows suffered a late 1-0 defeat at the hands of Cape Town City in the Absa Premiership on Wednesday night at Athlone Stadium.

An own goal from defender Musa Bilankulu sees Clinton Larsen's charges suffer defeat and placed at the ninth spot with 35 points from 29 league matches.

In the opening 10 minutes, both camps fought for dominance where the visitors threatened first through Siphelele Magubane whose attempt was easily collected by City's goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters.

The hosts tried to respond three minutes later when Roland Putsche attempted a long range effort, but his shot went to the left of Nkosingiphile Gumede's posts.

Just after the half-hour mark, the Cityzens dictated the terms and Aubrey Ngoma delivered a dangerous cross into the box, but skipper Lebogang Manyama missed the target after connecting.

City intensified pressure towards the end of the opening half, but Lehlohonolo Majoro's shot went wide as both sides went to the tunnel deadlocked at 0-0.

The second stanza saw few clear cut opportunities, but it was Thabo Nodada who came close for the hosts as he took a shot which was tipped over the cross bar by Gumede.

Drama occurred in the last five minutes as Trevor Mathiane fouled Manyama in the box to concede a penalty, but the skipper missed his spot kick.

The final minutes of the contest saw Bilankulu netting an own goal to hand City the win.

The win for Eric Tinkler's men now sees them sit at the third spot on the log table with 55 points from 29 matches.

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