Absa Premiership

Mahachi ends Arrows' long winless run

2018-01-14 18:43
Kudakwashe Mahachi (Gallo Images)

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 head.

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 meaningful attacks.

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.

 

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