Sundowns, Arrows share spoils

2013-02-19 21:46
Thamsanqa Gabuza of Golden Arrows battles with Jabulani Shongwe of Mamelodi Sundowns (Backpage)
Pretoria - Mamelodi Sundowns and Golden Arrows were forced to share the spoils in on Tuesday evening, after they drew their Premiership clash 1-1 at Loftus Versfeld.

Thamsanqa Gabuza handed the visitors the advantage late in the first half, but Mzivukile Tom put the Sundowns on level terms, scoring an own goal five minutes later, ensuring the tie ended in an entertaining stalemate.

Sundowns headed into the clash on the back of a 3-0 thrashing of Maritzburg United at the weekend, looking for their second straight victory, in order to consolidate their place in the top eight.

VIDEO: Sundowns v Arrows, highlights

Arrows, however, were aiming to bounce back from their 1-0 derby loss to AmaZulu, also over the weekend.

The hosts were in with their first opportunity barely a minute into the encounter, when Liberian winger Anthony Laffor forced a
solid save from Arrows goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede.

Arrows were made to wait until the 16th minute for their first chance, as Bongi Ntuli was put through on goal from a quick counter-attack move, but drilled his shot straight at goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands, who made a straightforward save.

Shortly after Downs striker Katlego Mphela came close from a free-kick won by Laffor, who was brought down near the corner flag.

Teko Modise whipped in an accurate delivery, which Mphela met with his head, but was denied by a glancing header from an Arrows head, sending the ball out for a corner and out of danger.

The visitors thought they had broken the deadlock in the 31st minute when Gabuza netted for Arrows, but the celebrations were short-lived, as the assistant referee raised his flag and ruled that Gabuza was in an offside position.

Gabuza, however, reacted in the best possible fashion seven minutes later, when he was rewarded with a goal for his continued pressure on the Brazilians' defence.

The speedy attacker was put through on goal with a deadly through-ball from Sibusiso Hadebe, which unlocked the Sundowns defence, leaving Sandilands stranded at the back.

Sundowns would not have to wait long for the reply, however, as they benefitted from some unfortunate defending by Tom, who put the ball into his own net.

A patient build-up allowed Elias Pelembe to deliver a dangerous cross into the Arrows area, with the ball glancing off Laffor's head but away from goal.

Abel Mabaso remained alert and picked up the cross at the back post and drilled it at goal, taking a nasty deflection off the leg of Tom, who brought the scores level two minutes from the break.

Sundowns came out after the half-time interval and looked dangerous, as Dutch defender Alje Schut rose above the Arrows defence from a set-piece, but guided his header straight at Gumede, who made a simple stop.

The home side pushed for their second and came close in the 58th minute, after a superb interplay between Pelembe and Laffor resulted in Pelembe getting his shot away, but from a tight angle, which Gumede nevertheless punched away, keeping the scores unchanged in the second period.

Second half replacement Edward Manqele - who replaced Modise on the hour mark - made an immediate impression when he forced a strong save from Gumede, after the winger hit a thunderous effort at goal.

Gumede was kept busy by Manqele, who was brought down inside the penalty area by the keeper in the 70th minute, but the referee turned down claims for a penalty, allowing play to continue.

At the other end, Tshepo Liphoko saw his well-taken free-kick effort tipped over the bar by Sandilands, who had to make the crucial save to keep the scores level after 74 minutes.

Ntuli had his side's best chance of the half seven minutes from time, when he broke away from his marker and dispatched his effort goalwards, forcing a one-handed stop from Sandilands, who did well to keep out the striker's attempt.

The Brazilians replied with an attempt by Nyasha Mushekwi - another replacement - who had his shot saved by Gumede, who was left alone at the back by his defence.

If Mushekwi came close, Manqele came even closer a minute later when he beat Gumede from distance, but rattled the upright, coming agonisingly close to the winner.

Read more on:    mamelodi sundowns  |  golden arrows  |  psl  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Cape Town City FC v Baroka FC, Cape Town Stadium 18:00
Wits v Mamelodi Sundowns, Bidvest Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Golden Arrows, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Free State Stars v Chippa United, Goble Park 18:00
AmaZulu FC v Kaizer Chiefs, King Zwelithini Stadium 19:30
Polokwane City v Maritzburg United, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Platinum Stars v Bloemfontein Celtic, Royal Bafokeng Stadium 19:30
Saturday, 25 November 2017
Maritzburg United v Wits, Harry Gwala Stadium 15:30
SuperSport United v Polokwane City, Lucas Moripe Stadium 15:30
Chippa United v Mamelodi Sundowns, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:30
Kaizer Chiefs v Free State Stars, Moses Mabhida Stadium 18:00
Ajax Cape Town v AmaZulu FC, Athlone Stadium 20:15
Golden Arrows v Cape Town City FC, Princess Magogo Stadium 20:15
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 PSL season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.