Saturday PSL Review: Baroka shock Arrows, Celtic edge Wits and SuperSport fend off Free State Stars

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Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele beat Abafana Bes'thende, while the Clever Boys succumbed to Siwelele and Amatsantsantsa denied Ea Lla Koto

Following the past weekend's Telkom Knockout Cup action, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) took center stage on Saturday afternoon.

The opening clash of the day saw a struggling Baroka FC visit Golden Arrows at the Princess Magogo Stadium in a match that kicked off at 15:30.

Bakgaga were motivated by their 2-0 win over Mamelodi Sundowns in the TKO Cup last weekend and were hoping to end their winless run in the league.

Coach Wedson Nyirenda returned to the touchline following his recent absence where he watched on as they added to Abafana Bes'thende's troubles with a 2-1 win.

Lerato Lamola opened the scoring in the 11th minute, but the KZN outfit could not capitalise on their home ground advantage. 

Jemondre Dickens then equalised for the visitors in the 34th minute, before Vusi Sibiya netted the winner in the 48th minute.

The win left the Limpopo side at number 12 on the league table with 10 points from 12 matches, while coach Clinton Larsen and his men occupy 10th spot.

Elsewhere, Bidvest Wits were hoping to move to the top as they hosted Steve Komphela's Bloemfontein Celtic at the Bidvest Stadium.

The Clever Boys had a fair share of troubles against Phunya Sele Sele where they fired many blanks in search of an early goal and it took a stunning set piece courtesy of Haashim Domingo just before the hour mark to break the deadlock. 

The Clever Boys were awarded a set piece on the edge of the area and Sifiso Hlanti set up the youngster whose thunderous effort beat Patrick Tignyemb on the roof of the net.

However, the Free State-based side fought back and netted twice through Tshegofatso Mabaso in the final 10 minutes.

The substitute converted a penalty after he was fouled by Robyn Johannes, who was red carded as he tried to clear Lantshene Phalane's pile driver which bounce back off the cross bar.

Four minutes later, the forward completed his brace after receiving a sublime pass and made no mistake as he beat Darren Keet .

In the wake of the shocking defeat, Gavin Hunt's troops are now second with 20 points.

Lastly, down in Bethlehem, Free State Stars played host to SuperSport United at Goble Park Stadium and were made to fight for a win as James Keene's solitary goal in the 52nd minute separated the two sides..

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After erasing their 1-0 loss to Kaizer Chiefs in the TKO Cup quarter-finals last weekend, coach Kaitano Tembo's men now sit sixth on the table with 18 points from 10 matches.

On the other hand, coach Luc Eymael's men suffered their second loss in succession and are now languishing at number eight. 


 

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