Absa Premiership

Arrows fight back to claim a point off SuperSport

2018-10-28 18:32
James Keene and Aubrey Modiba
James Keene and Aubrey Modiba (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Golden Arrows extended their unbeaten league run to five league games when they held SuperSport United to a 1-1 draw at the Mbombela Stadium on Sunday.

SuperSport were on top in the opening minutes of the game and after Ghampani Lungu's shot had been saved by Nkosingiphile Gumede and Bongani Khumalo had headed over the bar, the Tshwane side were inches away from scoring when Aubrey Modiba's dipping 10th minute free kick was tipped onto the bar by Gumede.

Having survived the first 20 minutes of pressure, Arrows had their first chance when Lerato Lamola fired in a curling effort from outside the box in the 36th minute, but it proved a routine save for Ronwen Williams.

The deadlock was broken two minutes before the interval when Onismor Bhasera's shot was parried by Gumede into the path of James Keene, who looped a header goalwards, the ball going in off the thigh of Arrows defender Nkosinathi Sibisi and into the net, with the SuperSport striker seemingly credited for the goal even though it had appeared an own goal.

Chances were exchanged soon after the restart as Nkanyiso Sibeko fired over the bar before Modiba went agonisingly close with a long range curler at the other end.

Keene was to fire a shot wide for Matsatsantsa, but after that, the hosts were to find themselves under increasing pressure from the KZN team, although Modiba nearly gave his side the cushion of an extra goal when against the run of play he hit the post with 22 minutes to go.

Instead, the game quickly switched to the other end of the park as a swift Arrows counter saw Siboniso Conco through on goal, his shot deflecting into the back of the net.

Modiba nearly reclaimed the lead in the 80th minute when his free kick glanced the outside of the post.

Abafana bes'Thende were not done though and it took a good save from Williams to stop Conco from netting his brace, while at the other end Keene just failed to get on the end of a Lungu cross deep in added time before Khumalo thudded a header into the crossbar in the final seconds.


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