Absa Premiership

Arrows add to Amakhosi woes

George Maluleka and Velemseni Ndwandwe (Gallo Images)
George Maluleka and Velemseni Ndwandwe (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Golden Arrows ensured their Absa Premiership status and at the same time inflicted more misery on Kaizer Chiefs with a 3-1 win at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Tuesday.

The hosts made a flying start when Lerato Lamola collected a long pass from Sandile Zuke on the right, easily cut past his marker and dinked an opportunistic lob beyond Itumeleng Khune and into the far corner.

Then came a big moment when Castro went wildly into challenge with Trevor Mathiane, leading to the dismissal of the Colombian striker.

That was in the 15th minute and Lamola then missed a golden chance to double Arrows' lead after winning an aerial battle with the Chiefs backline, only to loop his effort onto the top of the net with Khune out of position.

Chiefs were level two minutes before the break as Joseph Molangoane threaded through a superb ball for Bernard Parker on the left and the Bafana Bafana striker finished expertly as he lifted the ball beyond Maximilian Mbaeva.

Arrows again made a flying start to the second period when Danny Venter's forceful run went untracked through the middle as he made his way to the left byline, before squaring to the middle where Lamola was waiting to thump in.

Ndwandwe should have put them out of sight on the hour when he got on the end of a quick counter-attack, but the midfielder completely missed the ball with only Khune to beat.

Siphiwe Tshabalala then almost drew the visitors level when his curled free-kick through a crowded penalty area was blocked late by Mbaeva, and Erick Mathoho should have done better than drag wide at the death after he found himself one-on-one with Mbaeva thanks on an excellent Gustavo Paez cross.

Arrows then hit Chiefs on the break to seal the win as Velemseni Ndwandwe produced a good finish from the edge of the box.