Arrows Sneak Past Stars

Golden Arrows grabbed a late winner through Mwape Musonda to beat Platinum Stars 1-0 in the Absa Premiership at the Chatsworth Stadium in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday afternoon.  The hosts were quick out the starting blocks as they pushed forward in search of an early lead, with Chris Katjiukua coming close with a header as early as the second minute.  Stars began to settle as the match went on, and they started to create a couple of chances which Maximilian Mbaevu did well to keep out.

The match produced little action in the way of goal scoring opportunities with the first real chance of the match coming in the 22nd minute, when Kudekwashi Mahachi curled in a left-footed free-kick but his effort went inches wide of Mbaeva’s upright.  Three minutes later, Dikwena had a glorious opportunity to capitalise on a defensive lapse when Tintshwalo Tshabalala beat the off-side trap, but Mbaeva pulled off a great save to deny the midfielder, before Tlou Segolela sent the rebound over with an open net at his mercy.  In the second half, both coaches threw on fresh legs in an attempt to go for broke. 

Hellings Mhango, who came on for Rodney Ramagalela, was played through in the 78th minute but chose to lob the ball to another substitute Deon Hotto at the back post, but the resultant header went wide of the target.  Nine minutes from time, Mbaeva again pulled off a great save to deny Bongi Ntuli in a one-on-one opportunity after Ryan De Jongh played a well-weighted throughball into the box.  Musonda eventually grabbed the winner following a beautiful strike to send Arrows into the top eight, ahead of Free State Stars on goal difference with time fast running out.