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Sunday World - - World Of Sport - KHANY­ISO TSH­WAKU

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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