Absa Premiership match report Golden Arrows v Kaizer Chiefs 01 December 2018
Posted: 1 December 2018 Time: 16:19
Golden Arrows defeated Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 to move into the top eight in the Absa Premiership.
Abafana Besthende made five changes from their defeat at home to Baroka, with Maximilian Mbaeva making his first start of the season.
Chiefs made four alterations from their Telkom Knockout exit to Orlando Pirates, with the defensive pairing of Eric Mathoho and Teenage Hadebe returning to duty.
Following a cross from the left by Parker, it required Mbaeva to rush off his line to put the ball from the head of Leonardo Castro at the near post.
Chiefs for their money were almost caught in possession and after being charged down Lerato Lamola it needed a timeous interception from Hadebe after Mathoho was skinned.
Castro tried to set up Khama Billiat in front of goal, but Mbaeva pushed the ball off is grasp with Kabelo Mahlasela hoofing the follow-up wide of target.
Arrows were handed a life line to go ahead after being awarded penalty following a foul on Lamola by Mathoho.
Limbinkani Mzava put them in front despite the best efforts of Itumeleng Khune in trying to keep it out with an outstretch arm but the ball went under his grasp and into the net.
Another fell this time from Hadebe led to the conceding of a second penalty after Siboniso Conco path inside the box was clipped by the Zimbabwean.
In identical fashion to the first, Mzava stroke it in the same corner with Khune yet again beaten despite getting a slight hand on it on the half and hour mark.
The high-defensive line by Chiefs was easily swapped off by the fast pace of Arrows as Conco outsprinted the defence to go one-on-one with Khune, who narrowed the angle with a save.
Following a slow start to the second period, Chiefs were able to cut the deficit when Castro picked a loose ball to poke in the bottom corner after a failed attempt from Ramahlwe Mphahlele.
Giovanni Solinas then introduced his first substitution as Parker made way for Lebogang Manyama on 61 minutes.
A second change happened, this time it was injury enforced with Ramahlwe Mphahlele called off for Daniel Cardoso.
Arrows aimed to restore its two-goal cushion, but the efforts from Lamola in particular proved little to re-stamp their authority.
Arrows first substitution came with the arrival of Wayde Jooste in place of Conco. In the final stages, it was proving to be real struggle for Chiefs to get back with Mathoho missing from close range.
In added time, Musa Bilankulu was dismissed after committing a second bookable offence where he deliberately handled the ball.
A swerving free-kick from Khune later on was the closest the Soweto outfit came to the equaliser bit in the end it wasn’t to be.
The defeat leaves the Amakhosi stuck in fifth place while Arrows move into the top eight ahead of Cape Town City who went down to Highlands Park earlier in the day.
Arrows: Mbaeva, Mgwengwe, Mzava, Sibisi, Lunga, Molefe (Mgaubane 75’), Bilankulu, Conco, Venter (Cele 62'), Mutizwa, Lamola.
Subs: Gumede, Zwane, Cele, Dube, Jooste, Magubane, Moreira.
Chiefs: Khune, Mphahlele (Cardoso 64'), Mathoho, Hadebe, Walusimbi, Katsande, Maluleka, Mahlasela, Billiat, Parker (Manyama 62'), Castro.
Subs: Vries, Cardoso, Manyama, Ekstein, Ntiya-Ntiya, Zuma, Ntshangase