Absa Premiership

Arrows shoot down Usuthu

2015-02-21 07:48
Shaun Bartlett (Gallo Images)

Durban - A goal from Mabhudi Khanyeza and an own goal by AmaZulu’s Roscoe Pietersen saw Golden Arrows advancing to the last 16 of the Nedbank knocking AmaZulu out of the competition.

The KwaZulu-Natal derby began on a high note and it was AmaZulu that appeared to be the favourites in this match as striker Ayanda Dlamini started testing the Arrows goalkeeper.

To no surprise Usuthu opened the scoring in the 10 minute through a beautiful ground shot by striker Bornwell Mwape who did well in the AmaZulu setup during their friendly matches recently.

Arrows never gave up after this goal and they kept their heads up and continued to search for an equalizer.

AmaZulu goalkeeper Murambadoro was tested by Sibeko in the 32nd minute but he pulled off a great save.

Then veteran Golden Arrows player Mabhudi Khanyeza registered his name on the score sheet with a master set piece helping his team to equalize.

Whatever Arrows coach Shaun Bartlett said to his players at the break worked very well because they were fired up and played a lot more relaxed.

In the 55th minute Khanyeza searched for a brace but his shot deflected wide. Just minutes after that AmaZulu keeper Murambadoro made a great save tipping the ball over.

Golden Arrows' pressure on AmaZulu’s defense finally paid off when they took the lead courtesy of Roscoe Pietersen’s unfortunate own goal in the 70th minute after a great cross by Deon Hotto.

The last opportunity for AmaZulu came in extra time when Asive Langwe’s final touch went wide.

This victory ensured that Golden Arrows are the first lower division club to knockout a PSL top flight club in the 2015 Nedbank Cup.

AmaZulu : (1) 1 (Mwape 10’)
Arrows : (0) 2 ( Khanyeza 45’ Pietersen 70'OG)


AmaZulu: Murambadoro, Pietersen, Hlanti, Johannes, Ouro-Akoriko, Arwuah, Ntuli, Dlamini G, Mwape, Shange (Shabalala 66’), Dlamini A.

Golden Arrows: Mbaeva, Mngwengwe, Sikhakhane, Rooi, Mathiane, Sangweni (Nxumalo 84’), Sibeko ( Hotto 61’), Masaole, Cele, Mkhize (Katjiukua 84’), Khenyeza



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