Late goal earns Arrows win over Pirates

Late goal earns Arrows win over Pirates
Lerato Lamola of Golden Arrows during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows 23 August 2016 at Orlando Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday May 27, 2017. 17:28

Golden Arrows stunned Orlando Pirates 2-1 in an Absa Premiership match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

As a result, Abafana Bes'thende and Bucs finish the season on position eight and 11 respectively on the league table.

The home side dominated in the early stages of the match, but it was the Buccaneers, who broke the deadlock in the 18th minute.

Mpho Makola's well-taken corner-kick found Thamsanqa Gabuza in the Arrows box and the Pirates scored with his head to make it 1-0 to his side.

Abafana Bes'thende created chances as they looked to equalize, but Lerato Lamola and his team-mates failed to beat Pirates goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane.

Pirates were leading 1-0 during the half-time break thanks to South Africa international Gabuza's beautiful header.

However, Abafana Bes'thende scored 15 minutes into the second-half after benefiting from Bucs shot-stopper Mabokgwane's error.

The former Mpumalanga Black Aces keeper delayed clearing the back and he lost the ball to Lamola, who netted to make it 1-1 on the hour-mark.

Both sides created chances in the remaining minutes of the match as they looked to grab a late winning goal and end the season on a good note.

It was Arrows, who scored in stoppage time when Knox Mutizwa hit the back of the net with a good finish to seal a 2-1 win for the home side.

Arrows (0) 2 (Lamola 60', Mutizwa 93')
Pirates (1) 1 (Gabuza 18')

Arrows: Gumede, Mngwengwe, Mzava, R.Dlamini (Sibeko 75'), Bilankulu, Phiri, Dube, Sibiya (Mutizwa 85'), Mahachi, Mthiyane, Lamola (Magubane 90').

Pirates: Mabokgwane, Mobara, Gcaba, Nyauza, van Heerden, Sarr (Maart 87'), Manyisa,
Rakhale, Makola (Motupa 90'), Gabuza, Ndoro (Nkosi 70').

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