Arrows pluck Birds

2013-11-08 00:00

THE Mark Harrison era at Golden Arrows has finally gathered some momentum following his side’s 2-1 win over Moroka Swallows in Wednesday night’s King Zwelithini Stadium PSL clash.

It was a performance — especially in the first half — of a side that has no business occupying the bottom of the log, and lone striker Bongi Ntuli set up the first goal before scoring the second in what was a performance that had Harrison singing his praises after the match.

“Bongi was absolutely awesome tonight [Wednesday],” Harrison said after the match of his target man, who registered his first goal of the season. “He’s got a big future if he can keep playing like that, but he has to do it week in and week out, not once every four weeks.”

Such was Arrows’ dominance over Swallows in the first half that the scoreline could have been even more impressive than the 2-0 lead the home side had going into the break.

“I think 4-1 or 5-1 would have been a better reflection of the game, to be honest,” Harrison said. “We slaughtered them. They didn’t have a chance besides the one goal, I don’t think our ’keeper made a save. We defended our box magnificently.”

Harrison had lost 4-0 away to Orlando Pirates in the Telkom Knockout and then 1-0 away to Mpumalanga Black Aces in a league encounter in his first two matches in charge of Arrows, but Wednesday night was the first time he suited up in front of the club’s home fans.

“It was important for me personally to get a win, you don’t want to lose your first home game,” he said. “We showed fantastic character. It was nervy towards the end, but we hung on and we deserved the result.”

Next up for Arrows is a trip to Pretoria tomorrow night where they meet SuperSport United at Lucas Moripe Stadium, and Harrison will be desperate to come back to Durban with something in the bag to keep moving up the league table and away from the relegation zone.

“That match will be a lot harder, I’m sure,” he said. “But if we can perform at that level [first half against Swallows] for 70% of the games then we’ll finish in the top eight, make no mistake.”

On his performance, which won him the man-of-the-match award, Ntuli was reserved.

“It is a really good feeling,” he said. “We played really well in the first half and deserved to win.”

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