DStv Premiership match report Golden Arrows v AmaZulu 24 May 2022

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Golden Arrows claimed the bragging rights in the KwaZulu-Natal derby in the DStv Premiership through a 2-1 win over AmaZulu on Tuesday afternoon.

The host had Kgotso Moleko, Philani Zulu and Andre De Jong as their three changes from Saturday’s rained out clash, whilst Abafana Besthende remained unchanged.

Abafana Besthende were comfortable in the earlier stages and could’ve gone ahead through a snap effort from close-range by Velemseni Ndwandwe, but it rolled wide.

This bright spell from the visitors remained before the midway period of the first half which had Pule Mmodi dart in-wards from an acute angle and brought a close-range save off Veli Mothwa.

Usuthu hanged about following the opening spell and took the lead on 40 minutes through a thumping finish outside the area by Spheshile Maduna after he pounced on a misplaced pass.

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10. Ethan Brooks (TS Galaxy) – R2.6 million
10. Ethan Brooks (TS Galaxy) – R2.6 million
=8. Gerald Phiri Jr. (Baroka FC) – R4.3 million
=8. Gerald Phiri Jr. (Baroka FC) – R4.3 million
=8. Celempilo Ngema (Marumo Gallants) – R4.3 milli
=8. Celempilo Ngema (Marumo Gallants) – R4.3 million
7. Junior Mendieta (Stellenbosch FC) – R6.1 millio
7. Junior Mendieta (Stellenbosch FC) – R6.1 million
6. Ndumiso Mabena (Royal AM) – R7.8 million
6. Ndumiso Mabena (Royal AM) – R7.8 million
5. Sipho Mbule (SuperSport United) – R9.9 million
5. Sipho Mbule (SuperSport United) – R9.9 million
4. Gaston Sirino (Mamelodi Sundowns) – R11.7 milli
4. Gaston Sirino (Mamelodi Sundowns) – R11.7 million
3. Siyethemba Sithebe (AmaZulu) – R12.5 million
3. Siyethemba Sithebe (AmaZulu) – R12.5 million
2. Mduduzi Mdantsane (Cape Town City) – R14.3 mill
2. Mduduzi Mdantsane (Cape Town City) – R14.3 million
1. Keagan Dolly (Kaizer Chiefs) – R17.3 million
1. Keagan Dolly (Kaizer Chiefs) – R17.3 million
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The lead lasted but two minutes as Abafana Besthende levelled when a low pass left of the area by Nduduzo Sibiya picked out a lurking Ndwandwe and he side-footed neatly past Mothwa.

Abafana Besthende had the same start to the second half as they had the first and could’ve gone ahead through a free-header in the area by Ndwandwe following a corner-kick, but he went over.

The host noted their unusual approach and towards the last 30 minutes showed a double change in Hendrick Ekstein for Xola Mlambo and removed Moleko for Thembela Sikhakhane.

Brandon Truter’s men scrapped the disjointed spell a little later and began to question Arrows in the form of a first-time shot from range by Tercious Malepe which was blocked away.

Arrows though regained the lead in the last 10 minutes as Sibiya beat Mothwa from the penalty-spot after he had succumbed to Mbongeni Gumede’s challenge in the area.

Usuthu threatened the equalizer in the dying minutes through a shot that flew across the face of goal by Luvuyo Memela, as Arrows hanged on to end their campaign on a winning note.

Confirmed line-ups:

AmaZulu: Mothwa, Zulu, Moleko, Gumede, Xoki, Mobara, Buchanan, Mlambo, Memela, Maduna, de Jong

Subs: Boshoff, Kunene, Sikhakhane, Khumalo, Malepe, Magaqa, Ekstein, Shange, Masuka

Arrows: Mlungwana, Nxadi, Magawana, Cele, Sibiya, Ndwandwe, Mhlongo, Khumalo, Mmodi, Zuke, Dlamini

Subs: N.Gumede, Mathiane, Magubane, Sera, Ndlovu, Conco, Dube, Mutizwa, Nkosi