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19. M.Cele (Hotto)
16. S. Parusnath
25. Sibiya (Zwane)
GOLDEN ARROWS 2
0 BLACK LEOPARDS
Date: Saturday ,20 December 2014
Venue: Chatsworth Stadium
Tebogo Masaole scored a double today to ensure a 2-0 win and 3 points in Lamontville Golden Arrows NFD campaign this afternoon in Chatsworth.
The game, the last for the first half of the season and 2014, was evenly fought by both teams, and both Golden Arrows and Black Leopard made considerable use of their possession to attack the opposing teams goal.
The first half of the game, could have gone to either team, with each using the ball they had to get to their opposition defence and try to break through and get on the score sheet. This was evident by the number of shots on goal from each side, and both teams battled to capitalise on their possession. Lamontville Golden Arrows however, seemed to be putting more pressure on the visiting side, and this became evident when the frustration started showing in the Black Leopards players. The coaches decided to increase this pressure and put Hotto on the field in place of M.Cele.
This evidently led to a lapse in defence which saw Masaole score the opening goal 5 minutes before the end of the first half. This proved to be a major advantage to the morale of the Golden Arrows players, who would go into the changeroom with a 1-0 lead after 45 minutes of play.
The return to the field for the second half saw both teams come on intent on scoring. Again, both sides made good use of ball and possession, and took the ball into the firing zone at every opportunity. Each team was quick to use their ball on attack, and the majority of play was seen on the last 22m of each side of the park, with midfield pushing the ball far and getting to a position of being able to take shots.
The game plan did not pay off though and it was only in 2 minutes of extra time that Abafana Bes’thende managed to capitalise, when Masaole put pressure on Leopards keeper, who was a way out of his goal, and fumbled the ball, allowing Him to casually play the ball in for Golden Arrows second.
We will be having a break over the festive season, and return in February, when we meet Milano (away) on the 11th to continue our fight to promotion.
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