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David Mathebula (Vilakazi 73′)
Dennis Masina (Mbatha 61′)
Mpho Maleka (Ngwenya 67′)
MP BLACK ACES 2
1 GOLDEN ARROWS
Date: Sunday, 27 February 2010
Venue: Puma Rugby Stadium
Lamontville Golden Arrows have suffered a 2-1 Absa Premiership defeat against bottom side Mpumalanga Black Aces at the Puma Rugby Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
A brace from Mpho Maleka gave the home side the points, while Collins Mbesuma got a consolation for Abafana Bes’thende.
Golden Arrows applied some good early pressure as Siybaonga Nkosi got his free-kick through the wall, but straight into the arms of Denis Onyango in the home goal. The Uganda then had to be smart to deny Mbesuma as well.
But the opening goal came on 20 minutes via the boot of Maleka, who fiercely struck shot was too much for visiting goalkeeper Thulasizwe Khuzwayo.
Thanduyise Khuboni tried his luck from range and forced a good save from Onyango, but the visitors found themselves two goals down after a bad piece of luck. Maleka’s header was deflected into the net, leaving Khuzwayo with no chance.
Nkosi had another effort saved, while Mbesuma went close too just before halftime. Nkosi, Itumeleng Duiker and Nkanyiso Mlotshwa all spurned chances as the final seconds of the opening half ticked away.
The early part of the second period belonged to the home side and Khuzwayo had to be smart to deny Black Aces extending their lead further. But after riding out the storm, Abafana Bes’thende began to come into it again and Njabulo Manqanya forced a good save from Onyango.
Substitute Songe Chalwe almost found a way through to goal for Golden Arrows but Onyango was alert again, though the goal the visitors deserved came with 10 minutes to go as Mbesuma netted his fifth of the season with a brilliant left-footed volley.
But try as they might, Golden Arrows could not find an equaliser and they will now look to their next encounter on Wednesday night against Platinum Stars to re-ignite their top eight challenge.
Mpumalanga Black Aces (2) 2 (Maleka 20, 36)
Lamontville Golden Arrows (0) 1 (Mbesuma 81)
Black Aces: Denis Onyango, Marc Eberle, James Madidilani, Gordon Gilbert, Elliot Rooi, Joseph Makhanya, David Mathebula (Benedict Vilakazi 73′), Dennis Masina (John Mbatha 61′), Thikozane Khanyile, Mpho Maleka (Manqoba Ngwenya 67′), Myron Shongwe
Golden Arrows: Thulasizwe Khuzwayo, Siyanda Zwane, Doctor Sangweni, Musa Bilankulu, Mzuvukile Tom, Thanduyise Khuboni, Siyabonga Nkosi, Njabulo Manqanya, Itumeleng Duiker (Vusumuzi Vilakazi 48′), Nkanyiso Mlotshwa (Songwe Chalwe 65′), Collins Mbesuma
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Itumeleng Duiker (Vilakazi 48′)
Mlotshwa (Chalwe 65′)