Absa Premiership

Arrows grind out away win over Baroka

2019-11-27 21:48

Cape Town - Golden Arrows continued their fine form in the league with a last-gasp 1-0 victory over Baroka FC at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Nkosinathi Sibisi scored with a minute of regular time remaining to snatch all three points for Steve Komphela's side.

Arrows had the first decent opportunity of the match in the eighth minute. Lindokuhle Mtshali brought it upfield and laid it off to Siyabonga Dube who played it low and hard to Knox Mutizwa in the box. The Zimbabwean skipped past his marker but his effort was wide of the target.

Baroka responded with their first decent attempt of the match in the 24th minute. Goodman Mosele got the better of Gladwin Shitolo in a one-on-one duel but unfortunately for the Bakgaga midfielder his shot cannoned back off the crossbar.

Abafana Bes'thende were edging the midfield battle but failing to find their groove in the final third. Mutizwa brought a fine save out of Zimbabwe international goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze with a header from a Mtshali delivery.

The hosts had the next opportunity when Malawian international midfielder Gerald Phiri swung a long cross in to the box and Sibisi's attempted headed clearance fell at the feet of Prince Nxumalo, but he blasted it over the crossbar.

Suddenly a rather dour contest sparked to life shortly after the hour mark. Nxumalo received the long ball from Chipezeze and beat Mathome Mathiane, who tried to recover with the ball hitting his hand as the referee pointed to the spot.

Nduduzo Sibiya stepped up but fired wide as the visitors missed a crucial opportunity to take the lead.

With time running out on the clock, Arrows replacement Sibusiso Sibeko was fouled on the edge of the box and Mutizwa strode up to take the free-kick, bringing another top save out of Chipezeze.

Just when it looked as if it would end in a bore draw, Sibisi rose highest to head home from a well-taken free-kick as Komphela's charges maintain their impressive league form this season.


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