Clinton Larsen: Golden Arrows felt Nedbank Cup jitters against Orlando Pirates
Posted: 22 May 2017 Time: 09:30
Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen suspects the occasion got to some of his players in their Nedbank Cup semi-final loss to Orlando Pirates.
Arrows went down 1-0 via Abbubaker Mobara's 34th-minute goal at Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu on Sunday.
Bucs will battle cup holders SuperSport United for honours in a repeat of last year's final at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium on June 24.
Larsen told his club's website: "After a jittery opening 30 minutes where I think maybe the occasion got the better of some of our players, we began to find some openings in the opponent's defense.
"We conceded from a set-piece which was very disappointing and went into the break a goal down. We threw everything at Pirates in the second half, hitting the crossbar, two clearances off the line and two headers coming close but to no avail.
"Very proud of our young team for what they have achieved and for the spirit they have shown throughout the season. This experience will only hold them in good stead for the future," concluded Larsen.
Top-eight hopefuls Abafana Bes'thende will end their season with a league tie against Pirates at Moses Mabhida Stadium this Saturday (15h00).