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Mothibantwa (Zongo 67′)
Kamwendo (Hendricks 81′)
August (Walaza 90′)
VASCO DA GAMA 1
0 GOLDEN ARROWS
Date: Friday, 28 January 2010
Venue: Cape Town Stadium
Lamontville Golden Arrows have suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of Vasco da Gama in their Absa Premiership clash played at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday night.
Abafana Bes’thende can count themselves unlucky after dominating large parts of the game, but a goal just after halftime from Mokete Tsotetsi was enough to seal the points for the home side.
There was an early chance for Francois Adams of Vasco at the back post from a free-kick, but he completely misses the header and will feel he should have done better. At the other end, the space opened up for Nhlanhla Sithole, but he shot wide.
There was a good chance for Kamwendo midway through the first half as Vasco found themselves with a three-on-two situation, but his shot from just outside the box was never troubling Thulasizwe Khuzwayo in the visitors’ goal.
Collins Mbesuma showed great strength to turn his man on the edge of the box and get a shot away, but it was over the crossbar.
Norikazu Murakami received a fortunate rebound from a defensive error and found himself with a shooting chance, but his effort was wild and failed to trouble the Vasco goal, while soon afterwards Mbesuma glanced his header wide.
Golden Arrows were desperately unlucky not to be in front just before the break when Murakami’s ball was brilliantly laid off by Mbesuma, and Sithole’s quick feet on the edge of the area created space for the shot, but his effort rebounded off the inside of the post and away to safety.
Vasco had a great opportunity to take the lead 10 minutes into the second period when Aiden Jenniker’s ball into the box from a short corner was met by Adams ahead of Khuzwayo, but he put his header wide.
The goal came for the home side just minutes later though as Kamwendo’s cross was met by centre-back Tsotetsi and he was left with the simplest of headed finishes.
Lebohang Mothibantwa just failed to get on the end of a Keenin Lesch chip into the box, while at the other end, Mzivukile Tom’s effort from just outside the box flashed past the post.
Mbesuma again showed his class with a great turn that created a scoring opportunity, but Posnett Omony in the home goal parried his point-blank effort into the air, and the Vasco defence cleared the danger.
Arrows will wonder how they weren’t level with 14 minutes to play as Mbesuma created the space again but his shot was blocked, while Sithole had a follow-up that was parried by Omony seemingly into the path of the former, but a Vasco defender appeared from nowhere to clear the danger.
Late Golden Arrows substitute Bryce Moon almost made an immediate impact after coming on when he robbed the defender of the ball and set up Njabulo Manqana for the shot, but the latter’s effort was straight at Omony.
Golden Arrows’ next fixture is at home to Kaizer Chiefs on Wednesday.
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Duiker ( Gabuza 72′)
Sithole (Bryce Moon 88′)
Murakami (Mlotshwa 59′)