Larsen thrilled with clinical Arrows

Nedbank Cup

Abafana Bes'thende produced a clinical display in the Nedbank Cup last-32 at Princess Magogo Stadium on Sunday, taking a 3-0 lead within 38 minutes to leave Lebohang Maboe’s 66th-minute strike as only a consolation for the Team of Choice.

It was the first time that Arrows have scored three goals since November's 3-3 draw against Polokwane City, and also followed up their 1-0 Absa Premiership win over Roger de Sa’s relegation-wary United on March 4.

Larsen was unsurprisingly delighted by the result and performance, saying: "Playing with two number tens in front of [Musa] Bilankulu really gave them problems and they didn't know how to handle the three in the midfield.

"And we dominated and created the chances but, most important, we converted the chances we created and that was most key in the first half.

"It’s nice when you dominate a game and complement that with goals. But yes, I'm very proud of the performance and going through to the next round."

The draw for the last-16 is set to take place on Thursday at Randburg, where Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs are among the favourites heading through to the next stage of the competition.

Larsen says he would preferably like to be drawn at home again, and be able to avoid one of the tournament’s big guns.

"As long as we get the home draw I think that'll be important," he added.

"The home draw and we have to wait for the opponent. We’re one game away from a quarter-final berth so hopefully we get a nice draw and can advance further in the cup."

With the FIFA-enforced break coming up, Abafana Bes'thende are only again in action next month in the league, against strugglers Highlands Park at Princess Magogo Stadium on April 1.

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