Derby ends in stalemate


Arrows will perhaps feel they should have taken home all three points, especially with their second half display.

Both goals were scored in the first half, with Arrows taking the lead through Siyabonga Sangweni and Serge Djiehoua replying for Thanda.

Ryan Botha’s free-kick from wide on the right on five minutes almost found visiting goalkeeper Nkosana Maseko wanting as he went directly for goal and hit the outside of the post with the keeper scrambling.

Djiehoua’s power was causing problems for the Arrows defence and after shooting just over from range, he fired another shot into the side-netting on 18 minutes.

And the Ivorian should have put his side in the lead on 25 minutes when he burst through two defenders from a long ball and attempted to chip Maseko, but his effort came back off the crossbar and was cleared.

Arrows took the lead against the run of play two minutes later. Sangweni collected the ball on the edge of the area and his toe-poke found the corner of the net to register his first goal of the season.

Japie Motale was lucky not to get a straight red card for a vicious tackle on Kagiso Senamela that referee Zolile Mthetho ruled was only worth a yellow as Arrows finished the first half the stronger but could not increase their lead.

Lucky Maselesele eantered the fray at halftime for the home side, replacing Sibusiso Zwane as coach Roger Palmgren opted for a more attacking formation.

Maseko made a mess of a cross four minutes into the half, but Botha’s attempted chip over the stranded keeper was put behind for a corner.

A minute later the home side got the goal their possession deserved and it came from a simple set-piece. Botha’s corner from the right was headed home by the unmarked Djiehoua, who saw his effort go in off the post.

Norman Smith forced home goalkeeper Aime Kitenge into a fine save with a flashing drive on 65 minutes that was pushed around the post, while at the other end Djiehoua was left ruing a poor first touch as he was put through by Maselesele.

Substitute Vumane Mavundla had a great chance to seal the victory for Arrows when he found space on the edge of the area, but shot wide from 20-yards.