Arrows get a boost after beating Stars

2014-04-21 00:00

GOLDEN Arrows gave their fight against relegation from the Absa Premiership a boost on Saturday with an impressive 4-1 win over Platinum Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

After a tame opening half hour, the match came to life just over 10 minutes before the end of the first half. Thanduyise Khuboni converted his eighth penalty of the league season to put the visitors 1-0 up in the 34th minute, with the spot kick having been awarded after Philani Shange was adjudged to have been tripped by Sibusiso Hadebe.

However, Arrows’ lead lasted just 10 minutes. A high-foot foul in the away side’s 18-yard area gave Stars an indirect free kick. Vuyo Mere teed the ball up for Siphelele Mthembu to blast a shot into the net and make it 1-1.

It seemed the teams would head into the interval on level terms, but Festus Mbewe capitalised on an unfortunate slip from Stars goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane, who lost his footing in trying to intercept a long ball and allowed the Zambian an easy finish for 2-1 at the end of the first half.

Arrows almost extended their lead in the 54th minute when substitute Rudolf Bester drove forward on a strong run and powered a low drive on target, but Mponstahe redeemed himself with an excellent diving save.

However, Mpontshane was completely beaten by the same Bester just three minutes later — he stole the ball off Stars’ defence before firing a long range drive to make it 3-1.

In the 65th minute, the Stars goalkeeper completely misjudged a long ball from his counterpart Arthur Bartman and allowed Bongi Ntuli to get round him on the by-line and enjoy a tap-in goal to extend the visitors’ lead to 4-1.

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