Musonda steals it for Arrows
Posted: 28 February 2016 Time: 14:44
Golden Arrows substitute Mwape Musonda grabbed a late winner to help Abafana Bes'thende claim the full three points over Platinum Stars.
Musonda bagged the only goal of the game when he hit a low shot beyond Mbongeni Mzimela after a flick-on from Gabadinho Hellings Mhango in the 86th minute.
In a match which produced little action in the way of goalscoring opportunities, Platinum Stars will feel hard done by after leaking the late goal to end their six-match unbeaten run.
The first real chance of the match came in the 22nd minute, when Kudekwashi Mahachi curled in a left-footed free-kick but his effort went inches wide of Maximilian Mbaeva's upright.
Three minutes later, Stars had a glorious opportunity to capitalise on a defensive lapse when Tintshwalo Tshabalala beat the off-side trap, but Mbaeva pull off a great save to deny the midfielder, before Tlou Segolela sent the rebound over with an ope net at his mercy.
The half ended goalless as both sides squandered their opportunities.
In the second half, both coaches threw on fresh legs in an attempt to go for broke. Mhango, who came on for Ramagalela, was played through in the 78th minute but instead chose to lob the ball for another substitute Deon Hotto at the back-post, but the resultant header went wide of the target.
Nine minutes from time, Mbaeva again pulled off a great save to deny Bongi Ntuli in a one-on-one opportunity after Ryan de Jongh played a well-weighted through-pass into the box.
Musonda eventually grabbed the winner to send Arrows into the top eight, ahead of Free State Stars on goal difference.
HOME: Golden Arrows
Coach: Clinton Larsen
AWAY: Platinum Stars
Coach: Cavin Johnson