Absa Premiership

Maritzburg hold Arrows to a stalemate

2017-12-17 18:52
Richard Ofori (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Golden Arrows extended their winless run to 11 matches after being held to a 0-0 draw by Maritzburg United on Sunday, in the final game of 2017 for both teams.

In a Premiership encounter short of quality, both goalkeepers were not required to make any saves of note until second-half stoppage time at the Princess Magogo Stadium.

Arrows' best chance saw Knox Mutizwa head wide in the first half as Clinton Larsen's side ended the year without a win since September, which left them 10th in the table with the Team of Choice just above them in ninth place.

Nduduzo Sibiya and Velemseni Ndwandwe had shots for Arrows that were straight at Richard Ofori early on, and despite Maritzburg looking more slick going forward, they were struggling with the final ball.

The hosts then had the best opening after 26 minutes when Ndwandwe drifted onto the left and crossed perfectly for Mutizwa, whose poorly headed effort went wide.

Thomas Chideu had another good chance on the half-hour mark after being played through by Mutizwa, but he too fired wide of goal.

Mutizwa then failed to capitalise on a misjudgement by Ofori, who missed an attempt to catch, but his shot was straight at the keeper on the line.

There were finally some attempts on goal for the Team of Choice five minutes before the break, with Siphesihle Ndlovu looping a shot over, before Deolin Mekoa drilled a low effort wide and Brian Onyango blazed a loose ball from a corner well.

After the restart, Mohau Mokate shot just wide with Nkosingiphile Gumede well off his line with the striker then responsible for a gilt-edged miss after heading Rusike's low cross from the left wide at the near post.

That was the final chance until stoppage time, when a goal-mouth scramble lead to the ball sitting up for Lebohang Maboe, whose off-balance effort was tipped over by Gumede.

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