Benni laments missed opportunity in KZN derby


Benni McCarthy has lamented AmaZulu's Kwa-Zulu Natal derby draw with Golden Arrows as a "missed opportunity".

Rivals AmaZulu and Golden Arrows played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Wednesday afternoon in a match that saw three penalties awarded by match referee Victor Gomes.

Xola Mlambo opened the scoring for last season's runners-up, who were pegged back by goals from Knox Mutizwa and Matome Mathiane, only for Bongi Ntuli to earn Usuthu a share of the points with a late effort from the spot.

"It was very entertaining, but I think it was a missed opportunity for us," McCarthy said following the match. "We played extremely well, we started the game really good, high tempo with good chances that we created and we hit the target.

"We looked like a team that was always going to score, and unfortunately for us, the goalkeeper had one of those days where every shot seemed to just fall perfectly where he was positioned, where he was able to get fingertips to the ball or a foot to prevent us from going even further ahead in the game.

Despite his disappointment at not being able to collect all three points, the former Bafana Bafana star was pleased with his side's performance away from home.

"I really liked what I saw from the team, the work ethic, the mentality sometimes when we had our backs against the wall, we never gave up and continued to dig in and we turned the game around," he added.

"We should have probably gotten another [penalty[ because I felt at the end if [Sphesihle] Maduna goes down because he did get kicked we would have had another penalty.

"Overall we can’t really complain too much or moan about coming away with a point because a point against a team who has been really good who started the league really.

"A point is better than getting a loss on our name and we scored two goals. That’s exciting and very positive sign that we’re moving in the right direction. So the team is slowly getting there to at our level best, hopefully, in the latter stages we can build something from this result."

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