Arrows progress past Polokwane
Posted: 22 February 2014 Time: 17:52
Bongi Ntuli scored a 75th minute winner as Golden Arrows edged Polokwane City 1-0 in a Nedbank Cup last-32 tie at King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday night.
The result marked Arrows’ third victory of the season over the newly-promoted side.
Chances were few and far between in the opening quarter of the match but Kgothatso Mashia did well under pressure to punch away Kgotso Polelo’s cross in the 14th minute.
Six minutes later Arthur Bartman also got involved in the action, using his strong hands to parry an effort from Mothusi Gopane.
Mashia pulled off the first big save of the game in the 23rd minute, using his reflexes to keep out an effort from Jabulani Nene following a corner.
The City goalkeeper almost turned from hero to villain six minutes later when his fumble presented Manti Moholo with a glorious chance, but the midfielder shot just wide of the target.
Namibia international Deon Hotto then drew another low save from Mashia in the 36th minute, and Polelo fired wide of the target just moments later.
Arrows continued to search for the opener but Nene failed to keep his shot down in the 41st minute as the first half ended scoreless.
Abafana Bes’thende had the first real chance in the second half as Ntuli played the ball across to find Polelo, but the latter blasted his shot over the crossbar.
The winning goal eventually arrived when Ntuli evaded his marker to latch onto a lofted pass before beating Mashia from the left side.
Golden Arrows: Bartman (Gumede 46’), Sikhakhane, Nene, Ntuli, Moholo, Katjiukua, Hotto, Twala (Mbewe 65’), Cele, Khuboni, Polelo (Bester 65’).
Polokwane City: Mashia, Mbhele (Tshilo 78’), Tshikovhi, Mthimkulu, Tema, Hlalele (Rakhale 46’), Molala, Mdluli, Gopane, Mahlakoane (Mncwango 67’), Nzimande.