Arrows claim bragging rights in KZN

Premiership

Golden Arrows secured a second consecutive Absa Premiership win after edging local rivals AmaZulu 2-1 on Saturday evening.

Bonginkosi Ntuli and Milos Lacny, who started from the bench against Bloemfontein Celtic last Saturday, returned for Usuthu while Arrows welcomed back Knox Mutizwa amongst a host of changes from the Nedbank Cup loss last week.

Mutizwa appeared to have given his side the lead on 16 minutes following a sweeping move around the area, but the far side assistant referee waved the flag for offside.

Usuthu piled more pressure following the 29th minute and Siyethemba Sithebe went close with a half-volley after connecting with a ball in the six-yard area.

An injury-enforced substitution four minutes to the break had Abafana Besthende introducing Lerato Lamola for Michael Gumede alongside Mutizwa up front.

Usuthu were off to a positive start to the second half and brought Sifiso Mlungwana to the game’s first save following a low shot from outside the area by Siphesihle Maduna.

After persistent appeals for a penalty, Arrows finally got their wish on 68 minutes as Lamola went down in the area, leaving Mutizwa to slot home the resultant spot kick.

Usuthu drew level with ten minutes to go after Sithebe dropped to the right of the defensive area to volley into the bottom corner.

However, Mutizwa had the final say when he got on the end of a cut-back from Lindokuhle Mtshali to fire in off the post a minute into stoppage time to steer Arrows to victory in the derby.

Teams:

AmaZulu: Mbatha, Darpoh, Masilela, Booysen, Xoki, Ncube, Sithebe, Maduna, Chawapihwa, Lacny, Ntuli

Subs: Boshoff, P.Gumede, M.Gumede, Khumalo, Magubane, Magaqa, Ngubane

Arrows: Mlungwana, Lunga, Mathiane, Sibisi, Dube, Shitolo, Phiri, Mtshali, Makhubela, Gumede, Mutizwa

Subs: Sibanda, Nkombelo, Buthelezi, Venter, Parusnath, Ndwandwe, Lamola.

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