Mpumalanga Black Aces beat Golden Arrows
Posted: 27 February 2011 Time: 18:22
Golden Arrows were bitterly unlucky to lose 2-1 to Mpumalanga Black Aces at the Puma Rugby Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Mpho Maleka was the dangerman on the day for Arrows and it was his brace which saw them losing a tight match.
It was not the best display by Arrows in the first 45 minutes as they went into the half-time break two goals down. But a good second half performance almost saw them salvaging a point.
The first real chance of the game fell to Arrows’ Itumeleng Duiker in the 12th minute when he saw his 12-yard shot beating the keeper, but cleared off the line by Thabang Rooi.
The visiting side then went behind in the 21st minute. Joseph Makhanya provided a great cross from the left and Maleka rose highest to powerfully head the ball home from ten yards out.
In the 37th minute Aces found their second goal. Again Makhanya did the good work on the left flank before providing a good cross. Maleka lost his marker and made a clinical header at the front post to double his side’s lead.
The second half saw Arrows a renewed side as they started passing the ball around nicely and created some chances on goal. It looked like it was only a matter of time before they found their first goal
Finally, after creating some good chances, Arrows made Aces sweat in the final ten minutes of the match. Collins Mbesuma was the man to grab the goal for the visitors with a fine volley on the edge of the six yard box.
Luckily for Aces they were able to hold on after a nerve racking ten minutes and registered just their third league win of the 2010/11 season.