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  • 02 April 2014
  • • 19:30
  • • FNB Stadium (Soccer City), Johannesburg, GA
  • Referee: Z. Mthetho
  • • Attendance: 1500

Baxter is masterminding Kaizer Chiefs closer to a second title in a row

Kaizer Chiefs 2-0 Golden Arrows: Amakhosi go three clear as Arrows are brushed aside

Baxter is masterminding Kaizer Chiefs closer to a second title in a row

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Second half goals from Erick Mathoho and Kingston Nkhatha helped Kaizer Chiefs restore a three point lead at the top of the PSL standings, beating Golden Arrows at FNB Stadium

Deadlocked at half-time, Chiefs wasted little time in the second stanza as Mathoho nodded home a Siphiwe Tshabalala free-kick, before Nkhatha doubled the advantage midway through the half.

The win was enough to send the Soweto giants three points clear of second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns, who visit FNB Stadium on Saturday, in what could prove to be the title-decider.

A dull opening 15 minutes saw very little in the way of goalmouth action, except for Parker's 15th minute effort from dead in front, which somehow managed to strike teammate Kingston Nkhatha on the way and stayed out, much to the frustration of the home fans.

Chiefs applied plenty of pressure as the half crept on, with little success, as the visitors did well to soak up waves of attack.

The Glamour Boys won several set-pieces in dangerous areas on the pitch, but failed to make their visitors pay, as Parker and Tefu Mashamaite came close, but were unsuccessful.

Chiefs were enjoying the majority of possession and dominated the play in their opponents’ side of the field, but poor finishing let the hosts down late in the first half with Siboniso Gaxa blasting wide from a promising position deep in Arrows territory.

Level at the break, the pair traded blows early in the second period as Arrows' Manti Maholo and half-time replacement George Lebese flashed wide inside five minutes.

Chiefs, however, were rewarded for their persistence seven minutes after the break as Mathoho glanced home from Siphiwe Tshabalala's well-taken free-kick from the left, rising above the Arrows defence and heading the hosts into the lead.

The Durban side struggled to get going after the interval and had precious few attempts on goal, Bonginkosi Ntuli's drilled effort in the 66th minute was a highlight, despite only finding the side-netting.

The Glamour Boys found their rhythm and looked likely to extend their lead as the clock wound down, and they did exactly that with 20 minutes left to play as Nkhatha rounded-off a superb team goal by the Soweto giants.

The Zimbabwean international did well to work himself into a dangerous position as Tsepo Masilela laid off a neat ball to the striker, who squeezed a left-foot shot past Bartman from a difficult angle, sending the home side to their feet as the ball trickled over the line and in for Chiefs' second.