|TEAM LINE UP|
|8||M Van Heerden|
|5||K Madondo(Zhuwawo 90)|
|11||A Dlamini (G Dlamini 90′)|
|21||M Dube(Khwela 90′)|
AMAZULU FC 0
0 GOLDEN ARROWS
Date: Saturday, 01 September 2012
Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Lamontville Golden Arrows have earned their first Absa Premiership point of the season after they played to a 0-0 draw with Durban rivals AmaZulu at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday evening.
The game was a tight affair with both sides going into the game having suffered defeats in their opening two matches of the campaign.
The ball was in the back of the net early on for Golden Arrows as Nyadombo cleared the ball against home goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela and it deflected into the goal, but referee Kulasande Qongqo ruled there had been an earlier foul on the gloveman. It looked a harsh decision against Abafana Bes’thende.
Usuthu were inches away from taking the lead when an excellent ball over the Golden Arrows defence found Kagiso Senamela one-on-one with Pavels Steinbors. The AmaZulu midfielder produced a chip that had the beating of the Latvian keeper, but the ball rebounded against the crossbar and away to safety.
Senamela should have done better again when he found himself in acres of space on the right, just six-yards from goal, but shot wildly high and wide. He really should have hit the target at least.
The home side had a shout for a penalty when Ayanda Dlamini’s shot struck the hand of Musa Bilankulu and deflected wide, but nothing was given.
Nhlanhla Zothwane replaced Nkosinathi Ogle just past the half-hour mark, coach Muhsin Ertugral changing his game-plan as Usuthu began to create chances at will.
Golden Arrows were close to taking the lead on 58 minutes though when Mzuvukile Tom got to the byline and his cut-back was met on the volley by Zothwane, but the ball flashed inches wide.
New recruit from Black Leopards, Luyolo Mapolisa, made his bow for Abafana Bes’thende when he replaced Stanton Lewis just past the hour-mark.
Ayanda Dlamini headed narrowly over for the home side, while Senamela forced an excellent save from Steinbors with a thunderous drive from 30-yards.
Steinbors was again called into action when the excellent Mark van Heerden tried to catch the Latvian off his line from the halfway line and although his effort was on target, the keeper tipped the ball over the bar.
Dulee Johnson had a great chance to win it late on for Usuthu when he worked space for himself inside the box and with just Steinbors to beat, chose to pass instead of shoot.
Abafana Bes’thende will now have a two-week break due to the FIFA international calendar, with their next fixture a home encounter against Mamelodi Sundowns on September 15 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
|TEAM LINE UP|
|15||P Shange (Sekgobela 76’)|
|22||N Ogle(Zothwane 35′)|
|11||S Lewis (Mapolisa – 63)|