SuperSport in another stalemate
Lamontville Golden Arrows ended their losing streak in the Absa Premiership when they played to a 2-2 draw against SuperSport United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Sibusiso Hadebe and Norman Smith found the back of the net for the visitors, while Franklin Cale and Mor Diouf replied for the home side.
Thamsanqa Gabuza had the first sight of goal in the fourth minute of the game when he managed to get behind the SuperSport United defence on the left, but his shot fizzed just wide of the upright.
Then the home side settled into the game and started dominating in the possession stakes with Mabhuti Khenyeza shooting over the bar in the 12th minute, while Jabulani Maluleke shot straight at Pavels Steinbors eight minutes later.
Despite being under pressure, Abafana Bes’thende made full use of their first clear chance in the 22nd minute when Hadebe headed the ball into the back of the net following a poor clearance from Thabo September, 1-0.
Arrows came closing to adding a second ten minutes later but Bonginkosi Ntuli was unfortunate to see his curled effort coming off the far post.
United soon leveled matters in the 36th minute when Cale volleyed the ball in at the far post after Khenyeza’s initial shot had been blocked.
George Maluleka then put his side ahead in the final minute of the first half, but his long-range shot flew just over the bar as the two sides were deadlocked at 1-1 going into the break.
The second half was even more entertaining with both sides playing positively as they looked to secure all three points.
Arrows created the chances earlier in the half with Nkanyiso Mlotshwa denied by a block on the line in the 47th minute, while Norman Smith saw his shot palmed over the bar by Ronwen Williams.
From then on it was the turn of the Arrows goalkeeper to show what he was capable of as he denied Maluleka with a low one-handed save in the 68th minute, before stopping another effort from Atusaye Nyondo three minutes later.
Thamsanqa Gabuza, though, regained the lead in the 74th minute when he connected with a low cross from Hadebe, but Williams pulled off another great save to deflect the ball over the bar.
However, Arrows did get their second goal in the 75th minute when Smith buried his shot into an empty net following a misunderstanding after winning the ball from Roscoe Pietersen and catching Williams out of position, 2-1.
The lead lasted only eleven minutes as Diouf slotted the ball past Steinbors from the right in the 86th minute after Arrows had failed to clear their lines, 2-2.
Smith almost netted his brace in the 89th minute, but instead he fired his shot straight at Williams after doing well to slip past Diouf, while Luyolo Mapolisa blasted his shot wide shortly before the fulltime whistle.
SuperSport United (1) 2 (Cale 36’, Diouf 86’)
Lamontville Golden Arrows (1) 2 (Hadebe 22’, Smith 75’)
SuperSport United: Williams, Fransman, Diouf, September, Thwala (Petersen 33’), Gabonamong, J Maluleke (Nyondo 62’), G Maluleka, Cale, Hartog (Nkoana 78’), Khenyeza
Lamontville Golden Arrows: Steinbors, Tom, Mkhize, Krjauklis, Mlotshwa (Mapolisa 73’), Bilankulu, Ntuli (Smith 58’), Hadebe (Khuboni 79’), Nene, Gabuza, Musonda