Golden Arrows 1-2 Black Leopards: Late Musonda goal lifts Lidoda Duvha above relegation zone
Mwape Musonda, Black Leopards, May 2018
The Thohoyandou-based outfit have boosted their survival hopes with victory over Abafana Bes'thende on Friday

Mwape Musonda netted a brace as Black Leopards beat Golden Arrows 2-1 in a match which was played at Ellis Park Stadium on Friday. 

Abafana Bes'thende were the first to open the scoring through Knox Mutizwa but Musonda levelled matters with a spot-kick in the 27th-minute. 

Musonda would then net the winner deep in stoppage time to earn Lidoda Duvha all three points on the day. 

As a result, Leopards moved up to 13th on the log and above AmaZulu and Baroka. 

Steve Komphela made a single change to the side that played the previous match, with Edmore Sibanda returning to the starting line-up, while Leopards fielded the same team that beat Maritzburg United last week. 

Arrows were first to score after they were awarded a penalty in the 15th minute. Khomotso Masia was adjudged to have handled Ntsako Makhubela's attempted shot and Mutizwa stepped up to convert in the 17th minute. 

Leopards took the game to Arrows and they were awarded a penalty of their own in the 27th minute following a controversial call by the referee.

Musonda took the penalty and coolly converted to make it 1-1 for what was his seventh league goal of the season. 

Makhubela came close to giving Arrows the lead but his effort was saved by King Ndlovu. 

Ndlovu again kept his side in the game with a superb save following a flick by Mutizwa and an attempt by Nkosinathi Sibisi in the 38th minute. 

Both teams went into the break level at 1-1 and changes in tactics were needed from both coaches for the second half. 

It was end-to-end stuff after the restart but Arrows were the better side, and created more goalscoring chances. 

However, Lifa Hlongwane should have handed Leopards the lead soon after the hour-mark but his header went wide. 

Coach Mongezi Bobe changed things around with Thabo Matlaba entering the field in the final 15 minutes of the game and he changed the complexion of the season. 

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Matlaba positioned himself well five minutes later but the cross to him was too deep with the net wide open.  

Leopards would net the winner deep into the stoppage time following a free-kick that Maximilian Mbaeva failed to deal with, and Musonda pounced to make it 2-1 on the afternoon. 

It was Musonda's eighth goal of the season and an impressive return after missing the first few games this campaign.