Arrows leave it late to win
Thanduyise Khuboni, left (Gallo)
Durban - A late goal from Thanduyise Khuboni handed Lamontville Golden Arrows maximum points when they defeated Free State Stars 1-0 in the Absa Premiership clash at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Arrows dominated position but struggled to force the goalkeeper into making saves, while the visitors looked dangerous at times using the pace on the wings, until Khuboni netted the only goal of the match from the penalty spot.
The first chance of the match fell for the hosts in the seventh minute but Musa Bilankulu headed wide after connecting with a brilliant cross from Mzivukile Tom at the far post.
Abafana Bes’thende had a few setpieces around the danger area due to the pressure they were applying but they failed to make good use of those opportunities with Jabulani Nene sending his effort over the crossbar in the 17th minute.
Four minutes later it was Ea Lla Koto who threatened to take the lead but Nkosingiphile Gumede did well to come off his line to thwart away Luyolo Nomandela’s lobbed attempt.
The Arrows goalkeeper was back in action again in the 25th minute, this time going diving forward to stop a long range effort from Dove Wome, which took an awkward bounce just in front of him.
Sibusiso Hadebe had a chance to force Kennedy Mweene into making a save in the 33rd minute, but like Nene, he also curled his effort over the crossbar.
Manqoba Mngqithi’s side started the second half brightly and had two chances in quick succession with Thamsanqa Gabuza heading wide of the target in the 46th minute, while Nene volleyed over the crossbar two minutes later.
From then the match continued to be a tight battle in the midfielder with both sides failing to deliver that crucial final pass to unlock the defence in the final third.
However, the closing stages saw the game opening up slightly with Danny Venter forcing a save from Gumede in the 79th minute, while Lucky Nguzana fired wide of the post at the other end five minutes later.
The match took a turn in the 88th minute when Arrows were awarded to when Daniel Cardoso was adjudged to have fouled Tshepo Liphoko inside the penalty area.
Khuboni took the responsibility to convert the spotkick, sending Mweene the wrong way to secure maximum points for his side.