SSport Utd shred Arrows
Golden Arrows (0) 0 SuperSport United (2) 3 SUPERSPORT United made light work of an uninspired Golden Arrows outfit with the final score being reflective of their dominance.
Their eighth win of the season saw them replace Arrows in 10th place with a two-point advantage while Clinton Larsen s side were consigned to their 10th defeat. It was their third loss in six matches, and their second league defeat in succession.
Golden Arrows first half mirrored the grey clouds that hung low over the city yesterday. They were disjointed, listless and went about proceedings like an absentminded holidaymaker.
With the dog pit that is the middle of the Premier Soccer League table getting ever so sticky, a massive lapse of concentration was the last thing they needed. Instead, they gave Stuart Baxter s side several reasons to enjoy the long weekend in Durban which they deserved.
In playing two defensive midfielders in Dean Furman and Michael Morton, neutralising Quincy Ngcobo and Gladwin Shitolo was the simple plan and it was executed efficiently.
The creative midfield position has not been filled by Serame Letsoaka and Clinton Larsen this season.
Against a hard-running midfield laced with speed merchant wingers, they were going to have a long afternoon.
The first 45 minutes felt like a recurring nightmare with Thuso Phala and Luvolwethu Mpeta making hay even though the sun didn t shine.
SuperSport s goals came from Dove Wome and Kingston Nkatha, whose intelligent darting runs and positions were a source of constant worry for Arrows sleepy defence.
Wome latched onto a killer pass from Phala to slot a low shot past Max Mbaeva in the fourth minute while Nkatha converted a 29th minute penalty after Chris Katjiukua had pulled down Clayton Daniels in the box. Wome s goal was a case of third time lucky as earlier attempts by Nkatha and Phala in the first and third minutes were thwarted by Mbaeva.
The two shots from Kudakwashe Mahachi and Ngcobo in the 38th and 45th minutes did not warrant the term chances but that was the closest they would come to making Ronwen Williams stretch an extra muscle.
Siyabonga Dube was needlessly sent off in the 72nd minute for a second bookable offence. Arrows continued their insipid ways in the second half and when Jeremy Brockie scored in the 87th minute after a defensive mix-up, their sorry afternoon was summed up in that calamitous moment.
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