SuperSport ease past Arrows
Posted: 6 December 2008 Time: 18:07
SuperSport United momentarily regained top position on the Absa Premiership log, thanks to a 2-0 win over Golden Arrows at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Richard Henyekane, Arrows' top marksman this season, had the perfect opportunity to add to his seven league goals when he was picked out by Joseph Musonda's first minute cross, however, he failed to hit the target from 12-yards out.
Five minutes later Letladi Madubanya was presented with a chance from a similar range for the visiting side, but shot over the bar.
The Pretoria side drew first blood in the 14th minute, the goal arriving via Elias Pelembe, who buried Rudi Isaacs' cross into the back of the net with an emphatic header.
Fikru Tefera could have doubled SuperSport's lead just three minutes later, but was unable to beat Arrows keeper Helton Da Rocha with a header of his own.
In the 27th minute Henyekane again wasted a great chance to score when he shot over the bar from close range.
With Arrows looking for an equaliser, Hlompho Kekana reminded the home side that they could not afford to neglect their defensive duties when he forced Da Rocha into making a good save to push his 25-yard strike out for a corner.
Abafana Bes'thende were however soon back on the attack and came close to levelling matters when SuperSport keeper Denis Onyango did well to deny Kagiso Senamela's close range effort.
Madubanya had the opportunity to give Gavin Hunt's side the cushion of a second goal early in the second half, but his shot from inside the box was cleared by Arrows defender Msekeli Mvalo.
Chances were few and far between in the second half as both defences held firm.
Arrows had to wait until the hour mark before they had another crack at an equaliser, which came via Philani Shange's long range effort, which failed however to trouble keeper Onyango as David Kannemeyer blocked the effort.
Still trying to get on the score-sheet, Henyekane went for goal from 25-yards out in the 70th minute, but was off target.
Any hopes of a comeback from the KZN were finally laid to rest by Matsatsantsa in the 90th minute when Anthony Laffor headed home Tefera's cross to seal the win.