Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 Marumo Gallants: Lucky Dolly goal helps Amakhosi end horror run
Keagan Dolly Kaizer Chiefs May 2022
It was a first win in four matches for coaches Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard since taking charge following Stuart Baxter’s departure

A deflected goal from Keagan Dolly was enough to give Kaizer Chiefs a 1-0 win over Marumo Gallants to end a run of four consecutive defeats and five matches without a win.

In a tight and sometimes cagey game, Dan Malesela and his men would probably feel aggrieved for not at least earning a point as this was by no means a convincing win by the Soweto giants.

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There wasn't much to separate the sides in the first half - both teams had one or two good chances to score, although if anything, it was the visitors who had more of the ball possession.

The first opportunity took just five minutes to arrive and it fell the way of Gallants as Celimpilo Ngema sprinted free down the right and sent in a low cross for Mahlatse Makudubela, but from three yards out he lost his composure and miscued the shot.

Chiefs' first opportunity came in the 13th minute when Siyabonga Ngezana got on the end of a Khama Billiat corner, only to head wide from close range.

Making a rare start, Kearyn Baccus was lively for the Glamour Boys in midfield and he sent in an inviting cross for Bernard Parker on the half hour mark, but the skipper also planted a header wide, in what was the last goalmouth action of the opening stanza.

After the restart, Amakhosi burst into life around the hour mark and there were openings, although no more than half chances as Billiat had a shot blocked and headed wide from a difficult angle while Ngezana headed over the bar from Reeve Frosler’s angled delivery.

The home side kept the heat on Gallants, building a head of steam and they got their reward in the 77th minute when Dolly’s speculative shot from 30 metres deflected heavily off team-mate Billiat and into the net.

Moments later and Chiefs keeper Bruce Bvuma came to his side’s rescue with a superb double save from Lebohang Mabotja and Letsie Koapeng, midfielder Cole Alexander assisting as well.

At the other end, Billiat missed a sharp chance when he failed to find the target with a header from Leonardo Castro’s 80th minute cross, but in the end it proved immaterial as Chiefs saw out the closing minutes without much threat of a Gallants equaliser.