A very difficult match to play where two teams displayed two contrasting styles. Golden Arrows playing short interpasses with lots of movement and the opponent playing long balls directly into the box with the aim to find Mdala.
The opponent were looking to dominate physically but we were more technical and had more tactical fluidity. We started well and had good control of the game and scored our first goal of the match via a beautiful strike from Venter outside the box to make it 1:0.
We had a good first half and when we got back from half time, the opponent made a double change and started dominating us in wide areas. We then opted to manipulate our structure so as to deal with crosses by stopping the supply and closing down Mvala who is their threat.
We scored the second goal to make it 2:0 after dispossessing Rae and going on Counter Attack where Mutizwa returned Lamola’s pass by crossing low into the box. Lamola made a deep penetrating run to the first post to make it 2:0 but just five minutes after scoring our second goal, we conceded from a set play and the score was 2:1.
We had a nervy end to the match but we ended up winning 2:1 deservedly so.