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Golden Arrows beat Jomo Cosmos 2-0 Premiership match report

Posted: 19 November 2011 Time: 17:53

Golden Arrows beat fellow strugglers Jomo Cosmos 2-0 at Sinaba Stadium on Saturday.

The win takes Arrows to 10 points, 13th on the log, tied with Santos, while Cosmos remain rooted to the bottom without a win after 11 matches.

Goals from Philani Shange and Thamsanqa Gabuza handed Arrows their first League win under coach Muhsin Ertugral.

The two goalkeepers were hardly threatened in the early stages of the first half with both sides failing to take advantage of the wide pitch at the Sinaba Stadium to stretch the defence.

Katlego Loke spotted Helton da Rocha off his line in the 17th minute but the Arrows goalkeeper recovered in time to watch his lobbed attempt sail over the bar.

Three minutes later a cross found Dillon Sheppard inside the box and he took a first-time shot with his favourite left foot, but his shot lacked pace and direction and missed the target.

Lehlohonolo Nonyane went on a great run in the 29th minute, beating a couple of defenders as he burst into the penalty area, only to see his final pass cleared by Robyn Johannes.

Two minutes later Loke latched onto a long ball and found himself inside the box with one defender to beat, but he opted to take a shot, which crashed against the side netting.

The home side continued to press forward in search of the opening goal and fashioned another chance in the 39th minute with Tshidiso Tukane playing a great pass to put Matthew Rusike through on goal.

The Cosmos forward did well to test the goalkeeper from a narrow angle but his low shot was well-saved by Da Rocha.

Arrows broke the deadlock in the first minute of added time when Jabulani Nene played a perfect ball over the Cosmos defence to pick up a great run from Shange who pushed the ball past the advancing Avril Phali to make it 1-0.

Cosmos were guilty of committing silly fouls in the opening minutes of the second half but they went unpunished as Arrows failed to make good use of the resulting set pieces.

Gladwin Shitolo tried to test the goalkeeper from long range in the 58th minute but he failed to control his shot and sent it wide of the top left corner.

Two minutes later coach Jomo Sono brought in Siyabonga Nontshinga, who recently earned his first international cap, and he made an immediate impact on the game as he got in ahead of the Arrows defenders, but was unfortunate to see his shot hit the side netting.

Arrows doubled the lead in the 64th minute when substitute Siyabonga Nkosi played a well-weighted pass to find Gabuza at the far post, and he made no mistake as he side-footed the ball into the back of the net.

Jomo Cosmos tried to pull a goal back but were unable to penetrate through the determined Arrows defence, while the two-goal lead also gave Arrows the confidence to pass the ball around.

The closest attempt for Ezenkosi came in the 88th minute when Siyabonga Nhlapho fired a fierce shot from inside the box, but his attempt went wide.

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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 07:00 pm
nci nci nci
posted: 07:03 pm
what i like abt bra j is that he instills consistencey to his boys. They maintained that psn since the first game.
posted: 07:36 pm
Bra J, it's not too late but you cannot relax anymore... Please do something, I don't know what but this is now urgent... I'd rather have a league without Black Leopards and Maritzburg United Ghana Psl without Cosmos...
posted: 07:39 pm
Jomo must just fire himself.
posted: 08:08 pm
Shame bra j one day is one
posted: 03:10 pm
Endlani swinwana Malume
posted: 04:36 pm
Oh! Poor mjomane maybe or maybe z time of mr Sono to fire the coach and hire mr krol to coach b4 the 3 cosmos fans(sono's family, technical team & matsepiso) boycotte the cosmos games
posted: 07:38 am
The situation is getting worrying now. We play well in one game, expect to win the next and we get thrashed in the next game. This is worrying, we need to start winning and close the gap.
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