Chiefs edge out Arrows

2009-03-04 23:23

Durban - Kaizer Chiefs revived their outside chance of winning the PSL league title when they beat Lamontville Golden Arrows 1-0 at the Chatsworth Stadium Wednesday night in a keenly contested match.

Apart from a teasing ball fired across the face of the Chiefs' goal by Arrows winger Philani Shange, Chiefs wide men - Arthur Zwane and Siphiwe Tshabalala - provided plenty of attacking thrust for the visitors who clearly enjoyed the better of the exchanges during the first half hour of play.

Arrows, who have become renowned for their clever counter-attacking play this season, produced one such move in the 32nd minute when Shange pulled clear of the Chiefs defence, but keeper Ithumeleng Khune was equal to the task. He smothered Shange's stinging low drive with his feet.

The only other serious threat on goal in the first half came in the 43rd minute when Arrows Rodgers Kola went close with his curling free kick from just outside the visitors goal area.

Chiefs took the lead in the 53rd minute through a speculative shot from Tshabalala which deflected off Arrows defender, Mlungiseni Masinga, leaving keeper Brenden Wardle completely stranded.

In the 77th minute, Arrows Nhlanhla Zothwane made an inspired run from the heart of midfield which progressed into the Chiefs danger area, but the central midfielder was unable to keep his shot on target.

The visitors should have doubled their lead in the 77th minute when Josta Dladla passed to Jose Torrealba who was unmarked in the Arrows box. However, the chance was lost when the striker failed to control the ball.

Khune showed his class in the 85th minute when he kept out Richard Henyekane's well struck shot which was the last significant chance that the home team was able to create.