NFD wrap: Arrows climb to the top

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The weekend started off with a Cape Town derby between Milano United and Vasco da Gama, which the visitors won 2-1, while Black Leopards thrashed Maluti FET College by five goals.

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Milano United 1–2 Vasco da Gama

Vasco da Gama beat Milano United 2-1 in an action-packed Cape derby at the Philippi Stadium on Friday night. The visitors took the lead after 30 minutes when defensive errors from Milano defender Nasief Morris led to Siseko Manona opening the scoring. In the second half Mbulelo Wambi doubled Vasco's lead to make it 2-0. Diego Brown pulled one back for the home side from outside the box with a great strike but Vasco held on for maximum points as they moved level on 14 points with Milano.

Cape Town All Stars 0-3 Thanda Royal Zulu

Thanda Royal Zulu were too strong for Cape Town All Stars as they beat them 3-0 at Athlone Stadium on Friday night. All Stars finished the game with 10 men when Luvuyo Memela was shown a red card. Menzi Nhlompe and Siduduzo Dlamini scored the first two goals for Thanda before in-form striker Phumelele Bhengu made it 3-0 in the latter stages of the game to make sure the KZN side returned home with maximum points.

Black Leopards 5-0 Maluti FET College

Black Leopards piled more misery on bottom-of-the-table Maluti FET College when they ran out 5-0 winners on Saturday at Thohoyandou Stadium. Bongani Manaka opened the scoring for Leopards before Samuel Tefu doubled their lead just before half-time. The home side came out stronger in the second half with goals from Leonard Ntshangase, Ivan Mahangwahya and Morgan Shivambu completing a great performance. Leopard moved to 11 points and Maluti are on four points.

Golden Arrows 1-0 Garankuwa United

Golden Arrows made the most of Milano United's defeat on Friday night when they beat Garankuwa United 1-0 at Chatsworth Stadium. The only goal came early in the first half from Tebogo Masoale, which ensured Arrows ended the weekend one point clear at the top of the table.

FC Cape Town 1-1 Baroka FC

FC Cape Town were denied three points when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Baroka FC. The home side opened the scoring inside 30 minutes through Morne Davids. FC Cape Town looked to be walking away with three points but Hlabane Kutumela had other ideas, scoring in the 90th minute to secure Baroka a point. The draw means FC Cape Town remain in second place while Baroka are 10th with seven points.

African Warriors 0-0 Witbank Spurs  

Witbank Spurs played to their second consecutive goalless draw against African Warriors. Both teams were looking to improve their log standing, with Warriors slipping down to 13th place and Spurs still laying in seventh.

Jomo Cosmos 2-0 Santos

Jomo Cosmos beat Santos 2-0 at the Vaal University of Technology on Sunday afternoon. First-half goals from Charlton Mashumba and Frederick Nsabiyumva were enough to secure Cosmos the win. Santos finished the game with 10 men after Tyren Arendse was shown a red card. The win moved Cosmos level with Santos on 10 points.

Highlands Park 2-2 Royal Eagles

A late goal from Lerato Masopa made sure Highlands Park salvaged a 2-2 draw against Royal Eagles at Makholong Stadium. The visitors opened the scoring through Mxolisi Macuphu before Samkelo Nkosi pulled one back for the home side to make it 1-1. Eagles were back in the lead just after the break when Macuphu completed his brace to make it 2-1. But there was drama at the end when Lerato Masopa scored a late equaliser for Highlands Park to make it 2-2.

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