Golden Arrows humble troubled Chiefs

Lamontville Golden Arrows thrashed Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 in an Absa Premiership match at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Tuesday night.

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

Abafana Bes'thende saw most of the ball in the opening stages of the game and they deservedly grabbed an early lead through Lerato Lamola.

The speedy forward dribbled past Tsepo Masilela, before beating Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune to make it 1-0 to Arrows four minutes into the game.

Things went from bad to worse for Amakhosi 11 minutes later as Leonardo Castro was sent off for a bad challenge on Trevor Mathiane and the visitors were reduced to 10 men.

Lamola should have made it 2-0 to Abafana Bes'thende when he pushed the ball past Khune and Erick Mathoho, but he missed the target from close range in the 20th minute.

Amakhosi did threaten two minutes later when George Maluleka played a delightful cross into the Abafana Bes'thende box and Bernard Parker directed his header inches wide of the target.

Velemseni Ndwandwe then came close to scoring for Arrows with an overhead kick, but Mathoho made a goal line clearence following a mistake by Khune just before the half-hour mark.

Chiefs were not afraid to push forward despite their numerical disadvantage and they managed to level matters through former FC Twente forward Parker.

Parker was sent through on goal by Joseph Molangoane and the former clipped the ball over on-rushing Arrows keeper Maximilan Mbaeva to make it 1-1 just before the halftime break.

The score was 1-1 at the interval after 10-men Amakhosi fought back to hold Abafana Bes'thende.

It took only three minutes for Lamola to restore Arrows' lead in the second-half after some good work by Siphelele Magubane and Danny Venter.

Magubane found Venter, who set-up Lamola, who beat Khune for the second time on the night to make it 2-1 to Arrows - silencing the Chiefs fans inside the stadium.

The hosts were happy to to sit back and launch quick counter attacks, and Chiefs were able to press Clinton Larsen's men.

Amakhosi were awarded a free-kick in a promising area just after the hour-mark and Siphiwe Tshabalala forced Mbaeva into a save from the set-piece.

Kudakwashe Mahachi was introduced by the hosts in the closing stages of the game as they looked to extend their lead and put the game beyond Chiefs' reach.

Chiefs were unfortunate not to level matters when Maluleka's goal-bound effort was cleared off the goal-line by Arrows defender Limbikani Mzava with 11 minutes left.

The last clear chance game of the game fell for Ndwandwe, who sealed Arrows' 3-1 win over Chiefs from close range after breaking through on goal in stoppage time.

Arrows (1) 3 (Lamola 4', 48', Ndwandwe 90'+4)

Chiefs (1) 1 (Parker 44')

Arrows: Mbaeva, Mzava, Mathiane, Mngwenge, Nkombelo (S.Dube 72'), Venter, Ndwandwe, Zuke (Phiri 46'), Shongwe, Magubane (Mahachi 68'), Lamola.

Chiefs: Khune, Cardoso, Mathoho, Masilela (Zulu 46'), Mphahlele (Paez 86'), Molangoane, Katsande, Maluleka, Parker (Zuma 69'), Tshabalala, Castro.