Golden Arrows got back to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Marumo Gallants in the DStv Premiership on Sunday afternoon.
Namibian goalkeeper Maximilian Mbaeva got a rare start for Arrows with Sifiso Mlungwana on the bench, as Gallants preferred Edgar Manaka in place of the suspended Celimpilo Ngema.
Abafana Besthende slipped two clear chances in the first five minutes from a ball at the near post by Siphelele Magubane before Knox Mutizwa having his header cleared off the line.
The away side were forced to put on a substitution soon before the middle of the first spell, with an injury to Mpho Mvelase resulting in the introduction of Sicelokuhle Hlatshwayo.
Gallants started to push Abafana Besthende a little into the half-hour mark and were unfortunate not to go ahead through Sede Dion from a ball outside the box, but Mbaeva saved.
Like Gallants, the host also had to make a forced substitution because of injury on the stroke of halftime with Nqubeko Dlamini withdrawn and Siyabonga Khumalo introduced.
The visitors added another substitution ahead of the second half in the form of Letsie Koapeng for flying winger-cum attacking midfielder Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo.
Abafana Besthende received the breakthrough following 50 minutes when Nkosinathi Sibisi executed from the penalty-spot with Manaka called for handling Velemseni Ndwandwe’s shot.
Gallants conceded a second midway inside the second half after Khumalo threaded a ball through for Mutizwa, who applied a low shot that gave goalkeeper Washington Arubi no chance.
Lehlohonolo Seema’s boys enjoyed total control of matters following the ascendancy despite Gallants showing a bit of resilience.
Gallants finally got their first goal of the campaign which came courtesy of an own-goal by Mutizwa late on, but another own-goal by Sibusiso Khumalo at the other end.
Arrows: Mbaeva, Zuke, Sibisi, M. Dube, Cele, Dlamini, Mbhele, Ndwandwe, Mmodi, Magubane, Mutizwa
Subs: Mlungwana , Ndlovu, Nkosi, Magawana, Sibiya, Mantshiyane, Khumalo, M. Gumede, Sabelo
Gallants: Arubi, Otladisa, Ravhuhali, Thangwane, Nonyane, Manaka, Ndlondlo, Dion, Mnyamane, Timm, Mvelase
Subs: Ndlovu, Hlatshwayo, Koapeng, Khiba, Mogakwe, Kumalo, Sibeko, Mabotja, Mphambaniso