Bester winner sinks Polokwane
Posted: 8 February 2014 Time: 15:12
Golden Arrows substitute Rudolf Bester scored a last-gasp winner to hand his side a 3-2 victory over Polokwane City at King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Bester's stoppage-time goal followed a brace from teammate Thanduyise Khuboni, while Puleng Tlolane and Sphesihle Nzimande were on target for visiting City.
City took the lead through Tlolane, but Victor Gomes’ offering of three penalties in the fixture meant the two teams looked destined to share the spoils.
However, Bester’s decisive last touch of the game helped Shaun Bartlett’s men secure a crucial three points.
The home side were without head coach Mark Harrison and goalkeeper Ryan Harrison as they both parted ways with the club unexpectedly ahead of the encounter. Bartlett took over as interim coach.
Arrows showed their statement of intent from the first whistle when Festus Mbewe burst into the box and struck a powerful left-footed drive which flew straight over the angular.
Debutant Arthur Bartman had to wait until the 15th minute to make his first save of the match when he ran off his line and snatched onto Galabgwe Moyana’s curling free-kick into the box.
Modiri Marumo performed a save off his line five minutes later before his resulting goal-kick allowed for the visitors to push for a counter-attack and get the deadlock-breaking goal. Tlolane made a run in on goal before looping a past Bartman.
Khuboni ensured things were back level just after the half-hour mark when he converted a penalty following a soft foul on Vuysile Ntombaythethi inside the box.
Marumo performed a great save just minutes later when he beat away Bongi Ntuli’s snapshot inside the box, before seeing an effort from his save blasted straight over the bar.
Gomes pointed to the penalty spot for the second time of the afternoon in favour of Arrows three minutes before the interval. Khuboni converted again before Polokwane City were handed a spot-kick themselves.
It was a rather harsh penalty against Chris Katjiukua, who seemed to have won the ball in the box inside stoppage time. It saw Nzimande convert from the six-yard area as his second attempt hit the upright and rolled into the back of the net just before the break.
City showed a lot more composure coming out of the interval while Golden Arrows struggled to threaten when they worked their way into the box.
The second half was far from the entertaining football that set the stage alight in the opening 45 minutes but a stoppage time goal by Bester ensured Arrows were left smiling.
The goalscorer came off the bench midway through the second half and pounced on a loose ball in the final minutes before beating Marumo to secure three much-needed points for his tema.