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Tom; Shange (Mabuya 75’)
Zothwane (Tanoh 85’)
Manqana (Gabuza 62’);
GOLDEN ARROWS 1
Competition: Absa Premiership
Date: Sunday, 23 September 2009
Erwin Isaacs scored direct from a free kick to hand Santos a share of the points in their 1-1 draw with Golden Arrows at the Chatsworth Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
The attacker struck from a dead-ball situation in the 74th minute to ensure that the People’s Team took home a point from their Absa Premiership match with Abafana Bes’thende. An own goal from defender Ricardo Skippers had put the KwaZulu-Natal side 1-0 up early in the second half.
The result sees Santos move to nine points from seven matches and remain, temporarily at least, in fifth place on the log. Arrows move up to seventh on eight points. Both sides are likely to drop down the pecking order once the six games scheduled for Wednesday evening are completed.
Arrows were the first side to try their luck at goal, with captain Joseph Musonda firing a shot wide of goal from 18 yards out in the seventh minute.
Santos twice managed to get shots on target within the first 30 minutes but neither was particularly troublesome for Arrows goalkeeper Helton Da Rocha.
Perhaps the best chance of the first half fell the way of Santos’ Skippers, with the defender heading wide from close range after a corner kick from Erwin Isaacs.
Abafana Bes’thende were certainly seeing more of the ball by this stage but the visitors’ keeper Tshepo Motsoeneng was given good protection by Wayne Arendse and his fellow defenders in the Santos backline.
However, on 40 minutes Richard Henyekane almost undid all their good work with a well placed cross that found the head of Siyabonga Sangweni, only for the burly defender to head the ball wide of the away team’s goal posts. By the end of the first half there was a flurry of crosses coming in from wide areas at both ends of the field but the respective defences dealt with the danger, leaving the score line blank at the break.
It took less than three minutes of the second half for the deadlock to be broken, with the unfortunate Skippers putting the ball into his own net to hand Arrows a 1-0 lead.
On 50 minutes Njabulo Manqana almost doubled the home side’s lead with a powerful 20 yard shot that stung the palms of Motsoeneng.
Arrows continued to have more possession of the ball but their shooting was woeful, with Richard Henyekane and Ntlantla Zothwane both firing well wide with ambitious long range efforts.
Phikolethu Spelman, who had seen little of the ball for Santos, almost drew his side level on 72 minutes with a 20 yard shot that flashed just the wrong side of Da Rocha’s right hand post.
But two minutes later the Cape side did get themselves back on par with Arrows, as Erwin Isaacs scored direct from a free kick with a curling shot that nestled in the corner of the net to make it 1-1.
Graham King almost put the visitors ahead with a low drive that skimmed wide of goals, but Henyekane was even more unfortunate at the other end for Arrows as he hit the woodwork in the 82nd minute.
There were numerous shots at goal from both sides in a frantic ending to the game but none were able to add to the score line, leaving the match locked at 1-1.
Golden Arrows (0) 1 (Skippers 48’ og)
Santos (0) 1 (Isaacs 74’)
Arrows: (4-5-1) Da Rocha; Zwane, Musonda, Sangweni, Tom; Shange (Mabuya 75’), Khuboni, Zothwane (Tanoh 85’), J. Henyekane, Manqana (Gabuza 62’); R. Henyekane
Santos: (4-4-2) Motsoeneng; Ntloana, W. Arendse, Gabonamong, Skippers (Powell 72’); T. Arendse, Paulse (Scott 54’), van Beulen, King; Isaacs, Spelman (Otieno 77’)
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Skippers (Powell 72’);
Paulse (Scott 54’)
Spelman (Otieno 77’)