Heroic defence from Arrows denies Pirates

Heroic defence from Arrows denies Pirates
Divine Lunga of Golden Arrows challenged Thabo Matlaba of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows at Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg on 03 October 2018 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Oct 03, 2018. 21:35

Golden Arrows produced a heroic display in defence after holding Orlando Pirates to a 0-0 draw in an Absa Premiership match at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Buccaneers shot themselves in the foot after failing to find a goal despite dominating proceedings. A win would have seen Pirates go top of the table, but instead they find themselves in second place.

To be honest it was a dismal performance from the Buccaneers in the opening half as they struggled to break down a well-organised defence where Arrows’ Divine Lunga was handed the ‘man of the match’ for his efforts at the back.

Pirates had 70 percent of possession in the first half but managed no shots on goal – largely due to their poor decision making and bad passing in the final third.

In fact, the first significant shot on goal went the way of Arrows in the 15th minute when Danny Phiri found himself in space 16-yards out, but his shot went centimetres wide of the goal.

The Buccaneers had very few chances on goal with their most noteworthy effort coming in the 25th minute when Happy Jele met a corner-kick with a stinging right-foot volley, but his attempt went wide from eight-yards out.

Arrows seemed content to sit back in defence, soak-up the pressure and hit on the counter attack but they were never really a threat in attack in the opening 45 minutes.

The half ended 0-0.

The first decent chance of the second half fell to Arrows when Sibusiso Sibeko met a cross into the box, but his ten-yard header was magnificently saved by the Buccaneers keeper.

Pirates were gifted a golden chance to open the scoring in the 76th minute when a mistimed clearance from the Arrows keeper fell to Vincent Pule, but he failed to beat Gumeded in a one-on-one largely thanks to a last-ditch tackle from Divine Lunga.

The Buccaneers continued to push forward in the final ten minutes, but the Arrows defence stood firm to hold on for a point.

Orlando Pirates (0)
Golden Arrows (0)


Pirates: Mpontshane, Jele, Nyauza, Da Silva (Qalinge 85’), Matlaba, Mako (Mahachi 79’), Mlambo, Motshwari, Lorch (Shonga 62’), Pule, Mulenga.

Arrows: Gumede, Lunga, Mngwengwe, Mzava, Sibisi, Phiri, Zuke, Sibiya, Conco (Cele 74’), Sibeko (Lamola 58’), Mutizwa.

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