Defeat leaves Cosmos in danger

Jomo Cosmos’ battle against relegation from the Absa Premiership will go down to the final day of the season after they were beaten 1-0 by Golden Arrows at the Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu on Wednesday night.

The result – sealed by a goal on the stroke of half time from Abafana Bes’thende defender Musa Bilankulu – leaves Ezenkosi still hovering above the danger zone, but they could drop back into trouble if they lose their last game against fellow relegation candidates Maritzburg United on May 21.

There was no shortage of efforts at goal from both sides in the first half, though goalkeepers Max Mbaeva and Sherwyn Naicker were mostly untroubled due to some wayward shooting from the attacking players on show.

Arrows generally saw more of the ball and looked the more fluid team in terms of passing, though Cosmos’ more direct style of play saw them create opportunities for the likes of Linda Mntambo, Mxolisi Machupu and Matsilele Sono, but they were unable to take advantage.

Ezenkosi were punished for some slack defending in injury time at the end of the first half, with a failure to properly clear from a corner kick resulting in Bilankulu scoring a superb, acrobatic volley to leave it 1-0 in favour of the hosts at half time.

Cosmos needed some inspiration in the second half and coach Jomo Sono turned to substitutes Denver Mukamba and Mician Mhone to try and spark his team’s attack into life, but Arrows remained in control of the game and were able to see out the victory.

Golden Arrows (1) 1 (Bilankulu 45+1’)
Jomo Cosmos 0

Arrows: Mbaeva, Mngwengwe, Bilankulu, Dube, Mathiane, Shitolo, Hlongwane (Sibiya 59’), N. Cele, Hotto, Sibeko (Dlamini 85’), Mhango (Fikizolo 76’)

Cosmos: Naicker, Mngomezulu (Mhone 68’), Nsabiyumva, Jampies, Zulu, Monare, Makobela, N. Khumalo, Machupu, M. Sono Jr (Madonsela 85’), Mntambo (Mukamba 55’)