Chiefs dispatch Arrows
Posted: 2 February 2016 Time: 20:53
Kaizer Chiefs gave their title defence a boost with a 2-0 win at Golden Arrows on Tuesday night.
Camaldine Abraw and William Twala got the goals at Moses Mabhida Stadium as Amakhosi stayed within 10 points of log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, who thrashed Chippa United 3-0 in a simultaneous fixture.
Togolese striker Abraw opened the scoring seven minutes in when he nodded home a free-kick from the right by George Maluleka.
New signing Twala sealed the result in stoppage time for Chiefs, who were lucky not to concede a penalty when Lorenzo Gordinho handled in the box just before the break.
Abraw's early goal put Arrows under pressure, with the home side suffering another setback in the 20th minute when Thembela Sikhakhane had to go off with an injury. He was replaced by Ryan Chapman.
Five minutes later only Siphiwe Tshabalala’s poor shooting let Arrows off the hook as he fired wide from just inside the box under no pressure from the defence.
Arrows finally got their first shot on goal in the 40th minute, but Andile Fikizolo’s powerful shot from 16-yards out shaved the wrong side of the upright.
Goalkeeper Maximilian Mbaeva came to the hosts' rescue in first half injury time when he turned a 24-yard shot from Man of the Match Willard Katsande around the post with his fingertips.
Coach Clinton Larsen must have berated his players at the break because Arrows came out firing in the second half.
Three minutes into the stanza second half substitute Dean Hotto should have levelled matters when he broke through on goal, but failed to hit the target with just the keeper to beat.
In the 69th minute Gladwin Shitolo came close to scoring for Arrows when his 22-yard shot was deflected inches over the crossbar.
Ten minutes later Chiefs almost doubled their lead when Twala broke through on goal, but he was brilliantly denied by Mbaeva in a one-on-one situation.
Twala did find the back of the net in the 97th minute when he was played through on goal by Bernard Parker and calmly slotted the ball past the keeper.
HOME: Golden Arrows
Coach: Clinton Larsen
AWAY: Kaizer Chiefs
Coach: Steve Komphela