Cosmos knock out Arrows

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Cosmos hadn’t won a match since December last year, but managed to put their poor League form aside to knock Arrows out of South Africa’s most lucrative cup competition.

Arrows had the first real chance of the match, in only the second minute, after an error by Cosmos defender Valery Nahayo, but Mauricio Pequinino shot straight at Avril Phali.

Arrows played well, despite the wet conditions which were not conducive to flowing football, and Papi Zothwane and Abia Nale were a fine combination.

Cosmos preferred to attack on the rebound, and the strategy worked. In the 26th minute Bamuza Sono had a shot on target, but it did not create too much of a problem for Arrows keeper Miphy Lupini. Nhleko has a good chance a few minutes later, but his shot too went straight to the keeper.

Nahayo produced some quality defending just before halftime to keep his team in it, blocking efforts from Zothwane and Kagiso Senamela.

Cosmos took the lead just before the break when Nhleko, after some hesitant goalkeeping from Lupini, sent his shot into an unguarded net.

Arrows had a chance to break even at the start of the second half, when Zothwane sent a good ball in to Musa Bilankulu at the far post, but Phali kept his team in the lead with a fine save. The keeper did well a little later to deny both Pequenino and Bilankulu just past the hour mark.

In the 72nd minute Pequenino received a cross from Siyanda Zwane, but watched his header go just wide. Zothwane hit a powerful shot in the 76th minute, but it went just over the crossbar.