Golden Arrows defeated Milford FC 2-1 at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the Nedbank Cup. Abafana Bes’thende have progressed into the Last 16 as a result. Both teams started slowly but the visitors looked more threatening.
The home side made six changes in their starting line-up as they were also thinking about their KZN derby against Maritzburg United next Friday night. Arrows played the ball wide as they were looking to stretch the visitors’ defense and in the 37th minute Ryan Chapman opened the scoring after a good cross from Mwape Musonda. The home side managed to see out the first half with a 1-0 lead.
In the second half Milford were looking for the equalising goal but the home side stood firm. The hosts but were awarded a penalty in the 66th minute and Kudakwashe Mahachi handed his team a two-goal advantage but Siyabonga Vilane pulled one back in the 68th minute. Clinton Larsen’s lads managed to hold on for the 2-1 win.
After the match Larsen was unimpressed wih his charges, saying: ‘We made a lot of changes for obvious reasons; four suspensions and two injuries to Magudubela and Chris Katjiukua but given the big set of changes we made, there is no way we could have played this bad today. I’m very unhappy with the performance. We were lucky today. We didn’t deserve a 2-1 score line based on the way we played today. I thought Ricardo Goss made two or three good saves but also at times he got us in trouble, playing out at the back when we shouldn’t have but he made some crucial saves. It’s all about getting over the line. Now we gonna wait for the draw and we’ll put a strong team out in the next game.’
Milford coach Vela Mthethwa says: ‘My boys gave it their all. I thought we had a game plan just to attack which ever way we can. We knew we are playing a PSL team so we didn’t have to hold anything back. From a game plan (perspective), my boys did everything they could to win the game. Arrows got a penalty that I didn’t see clearly because the ball was going out of the field of play but the referee opted to give a penalty but these things are part of the game. My boys they have to take whatever they got from this game, today it was a learning curve. I think Arrows will take positives from us. You cannot come to the game and undermine whatever team you playing against. The positives I took is my boys fought well, they gave it their all.’
Golden Arrows will play Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium on the 11th of March in the Absa Premiership next.