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Nkosi (Gabuza 46′)
Mbesuma (Ngobeni 74′)
Sheppard (Hadebe 80′)
GOLDEN ARROWS 4
2 BLACK LEOPARDS
Date: Wednesday, 07 March 2012
Venue: Princess Magogo Stadium
Lamontville Golden Arrows have secured their most important victory of the ABSA Premiership season with a 4-2 success over Black Leopards at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Wednesday night.
The match was a re-arranged fixture after the initial game at the King Zwelithini Stadium was abandoned four minutes after teargas fired by police at a crowd outside the venue drifted across the ground.
The goals tonight came from Dillon Sheppard, Collins Mbesuma, Thamsanqa Gabuza and Philane Shange for the home side, with Mongezi Bobe and Luyolo Mapholisa netting for the visitors.
Following on from the 5-0 Nedbank Cup win over North West Shining Stars last time out, coach Muhsin Ertugral will hope his side have now turned the corner this campaign.
Sheppard gave Golden Arrows an early lead when he worked space for himself in the box and crashed the ball past Thabang Maluleke in the Leopards goal.
The visitors had a chance to level 10 minutes later when Benedict Vilakazi just needed to pick his spot, but fired straight at Golden Arrows keeper Andre Petim.
It was a similar at the other end as Mbesuma found himself with a free header, but he could only direct it straight at the goalkeeper.
Siyabonga Nkosi shot wide from 20-yards as the home team continued to dominate, but they were then stung by an equaliser just before halftime. Bobe headed past Petim to draw the visitors level just before the break.
But Abafana Bes’thende were back ahead five minutes in to the second half when Mbesuma netted his eighth goal of the season in all competitions with a neat finish.
Golden Arrows old boy Itumeleng Duiker came on to replace Vilakazi on 57 minutes, but soon afterwards the home team extended their lead.
Gabuza, who had entered the game for Nkosi at halftime, rifled the ball home from the edge of the area to make it 3-1.
And it got better for Ertugral’s men on 63 minutes as Mzuvukile Tom’s shot cannoned back off the post and Shange was on hand to turn the ball home.
Leopards scored another consolation just before the end, with Mapholisa trying his luck from distance and deceiving Petim with the flight of the ball.
The win eases Abafana Bes’thende’s relegation worries, taking them to 17 points and 12th in the table. Leopards remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.
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Mkhonza (Sithole 72′)
Vilakazi (Duiker 57′)
Mongalo (Ramagelela 67′)