Absa Premiership

Arrows victorious in Durban derby

2017-09-17 18:01

Cape Town - Golden Arrows earned the bragging rights in Durban after winning a pulsating derby 4-1 against AmaZulu at the Princes Magogo Stadium on Sunday to move top of the Premiership.

Nkanyiso Mngwengwe had the first opening after six minutes when Siphelele Magubane swung in a free-kick from the left, which the captain nodded straight to goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede.

Tapelo Nyongo's backpass to Boalefa Pule did not carry enough weight, allowing Lamola to intercept and roll the ball into an empty net.

There was almost an immediate response from the visitors as Thembela Sikhakhane was first to the ball after barging in from the right and laying a pass on the 14-yard tee for Mhlengi Cele, whose effort was tipped over by Gumede.

The Arrows custodian then produced a world-class stop to deny Manzini after Sikhakhane's long throw made its way to the back post - Gumede clawing the ball out after throwing himself to the right.

Clinton Larsen's men were asking for trouble at that stage and they were again lucky to escape when Manzini's header struck the crossbar moments later with Gumede this time helpless.

But they did not adhere to the warning signs and were punished just after the half hour when Ovidy Karuru swung over a free-kick to the back post where an unmarked Ouro-Akoriko headed in.

After the break, Mahachi had a golden chance to restore Arrows' lead after being put through on the left, but he dragged his shot across the face of goal. Another chance followed inside the opening five minutes, this time for Magubane after hitting Wayde Jooste's cross first time from the centre of the box.

Manzini then drilled a 25-yard free-kick just wide of goal as AmaZulu showed their capabilities in attack.

However, more sloppy defending led to Magubane putting Arrows back in front as the midfielder picked up possession just outside the centre circle, carried the ball forward and made the most of no-one closing him down before arrowing into the right corner.

An error at the other end almost cost the hosts the lead, but Siyabonga Nomvethe's first-time shot after Gumede's error went wide from the right flank.

The Arrows keeper made amends in the 76th minute when he produced another fine stop to tip over Lungelo Dlamini's thumping 25-yard effort.

Manzini then hit the both posts in a goal-mouth scramble, before Mahachi raced away in stoppage time to seal the win.

Mutizwa added more salt to their neighbours' wounds when he was at the end of another counter as Abafana Bes'thende celebrated.

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