Golden Arrows 3-1 Kaizer Chiefs: Arrows too sharp for struggling Amakhosi
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Lerato Lamola (brace) and Velemseni Ndwandwe scored as Abafana Bes'thende humbled Amakhosi, who netted through Bernard Parker

Lamontville Golden Arrows beat Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 in a PSL match which was played at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Tuesday night.

This was Amakhosi’s first match since Steve Komphela resigned as head coach following the 2-0 defeat to Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup semi-final match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

Newly appointed caretaker coach Patrick Mabedi made three changes to the team that faced Stars with Ramahlwe Mphahlele, George Maluleka and Leonardo Castro making their return to the starting line-up.

On the other hand, Clinton Larsen named Arrows’ top scorer Siphelele Magubane in the starting line-up as they looked return to winning ways after losing 1-0 away to Mamelodi Sundowns last week.

The hosts dominated possession in the opening stages as they knocked the ball around in Chiefs half, while searching for an early goal before their opponents could find the rhythm.

Arrows deservedly took an early lead when Lerato Lamola beat Tsepo Masilela on the right hand side, before hitting the back of the net to make it 1-0 to the home side just four minutes into the encounter.

Chiefs then suffered a major blow when Leonardo Castro received a straight red for a horrible studs-up challenge on Arrows captain Trevor Mathiane.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, the Soweto giants pushed forward in numbers in search of the equalizing goal and they came close to scoring through Bernard Parker.

George Maluleka whipped a good cross into the box and Parker connected well with the ball, but it narrowly missed the target with Arrows keeper Maximilian Mbaeva rooted to the ground.

Joseph Molangoane, who was causing all sorts of problems with his pace, played a cross into the box and this time Parker directed his header over the crossbar as Amakhosi looked to level matters.

The duo combined again just before the break with Molangoane setting up Parker, who beat on-rushing Mbaeva with a chip to make it 1-1, much to the delight of the Amakhosi faithful out in the stands.

The two teams were locked at 1-1 at the break after Chiefs had fought back to draw level.

However, the hosts managed to restore their lead four minutes into the second half after the Chiefs defence was caught ball watching with Danny Venter cutting through their defence.

The left-footed winger out-paced Mphahlele, before playing a low cross which was fired home by Lamola, for his second of the night.

The goal did not come as a surprise as Abafana Bes'thende have scored over 20 percent of their goals 15 minutes into the second half.

Amakhosi saw most of the ball with the hosts happy to sit back and protect their lead, while looking to launch quick counter-attacks and punish the visitors, who were forced to attack.

Mabedi decided to pull out Parker, who had worked tirelessly upfront as a lone striker and he introduced Dumisani Zuma as the Soweto giants searched for another equalizing goal.

The visitors kept piling pressure on the hosts and Maluleka's attempt was cleared off the line by Limbikani Mzava as Larsen's men looked to hold on to their slender lead.

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Mathoho had a chance to grab a late equalizer, but the towering defender dragged his shot wide from inside the box with the Arrows defence badly exposed.

It was end-to-end stuff in the closing stages of the game, and  Chiefs were caught napping yet again at the back, allowing Velemseni Ndwandwe to net his first PSL goal which subsequently sealed Arrows' 3-1 win on the night, and their first over the Glamour Boys since the 2011/12 season.  

The win took Abafana Bes'thende to ninth on the league standings, while Amakhosi remained fourth on the table.

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