Johannesburg - Golden
Arrows gave their fight against relegation from the Absa Premiership a shot in
the arm on Saturday with an impressive 4-1 win over Platinum Stars at the Royal
Bes’thende remain odds-on favourites to finish bottom of the log and be demoted
directly to the National First Division, but this victory is a
confidence-booster that at least ensures they have something to fight for in
their next league fixture.
a tame opening half hour, the match came to life just over ten minutes before
the end of the first half. Thanduyise Khuboni converted his eighth penalty of
the league season to put the visitors 1-0 up in the 34th minute,
with the spot kick having been awarded after Philani Shange was adjudged to
have been tripped by Sibusiso Hadebe.
Arrows’ lead last just 10 minutes. A high-foot foul in the away side’s 18-yard
area gave Stars an indirect free kick. Vuyo Mere teed the ball up for Siphelele
Mthembu to blast a shot into the roof of the net and make it 1-1.
seemed the teams would head into the interval on level terms, but Festus Mbewe
capitalised on an unfortunate slip from Stars goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane,
who lost his footing in trying to intercept a long ball and allowed the Zambian
an easy finish for 2-1 in injury time at the end of the first half.
almost extended their lead in the 54th minute when substitute Rudolf
Bester drove forward on a strong run and powered a low drive on target, but
Mponstahe redeemed himself with an excellent diving save to his right.
Mpontshane was completely beaten by the same Bester just three minutes later –
the former Maritzburg United and Orlando Pirates player stole the ball off
Stars’ defence before firing a stunning long range drive into the top corner to
make it 3-1.
Stars goalkeeper’s afternoon went from bad to worse in the 65th
minute. He completely misjudged a long ball from his counterpart Arthur Bartman
and allowed Bongi Ntuli to get round him on the by-line and enjoy a tap-in goal
to extend the visitors’ lead to 4-1.