Cape Town - Golden Arrows recorded their first Absa Premiership win since September as they beat SuperSport United 1-0 at Princess Magogo Stadium on Sunday.
Arrows had gone 12 matches without a win, but they made the better
start in KwaMashu, with Kudakwashe Mahachi's pace and trickery earning their first
chance of the game.
He was brought down after a good run down the right by a poor tackle
from Morgan Gould in the 20th minute.
A free-kick was struck
well by Danny Venter before Gould made amends as he deflected it wide with his
Matsatsantsa only started to threaten after the half-hour mark when Teboho Mokoena was put through on goal by Thabo Mnyamane, but
Nkosingiphile Gumede was quick out of his goal and made a smart save
with his body.
The home side created their best opportunity of the half two
minutes before the break as Siphelele Magubane found space down the left
flank and his cut-back into the box picked out an unmarked Venter but
his shot was dragged wide of the target.
The searing heat made it difficult for both teams to put together
At the hour mark, Thuso Phala's long ball picked out
Mnyamane in the box against the run of play, but his volley was fired
across goal when he really should have scored.
With 10 minutes left on the clock, Mahachi scored what would turn out
to be the winner. He initially set up Venter, whose shot was saved by
Reyaad Pieterse but the ball was pushed into the path of Mahachi, who
calmly slotted into an empty net.
Eric Tinkler's side had one last chance to get something from the
game in the 85th minute, but Mnyamane's poor finishing let them down.
Second-half substitute Reneilwe Letsholonyane found him in the box but
he blazed over from close range.