Sekhukhune fight back to hold Arrows to draw

Yusuf Maart © Backpagepix

Sekhukhune United scored a late equaliser to hold Golden Arrows to a 1-1 draw in a 2021/22 DStv Premiership match at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday afternoon. 

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Yusuf Maart kept his cool from the spot to earn the hosts a point following Michael Gumede's opener in Johannesburg. The result moved Arrows up to eighth on the league standings, two places and a point above Babina Noko. 

Following a first half in which the best chances fell on the head of Knox Mutizwa and Thabang Sibanyoni respectively at either of the pitch, the second produced a lot more goalmouth action. 

Nkanyiso Madonsela's rasping effort five minutes after the break set the tone with Sifiso Mlungwana forced into a good save to deny the hosts. 

Abafana Bes’thende got the opener soon after with Gumede providing the desired impact off bench. A long ball forward found Nduduzo Sibiya who exploited the Sekhukhune defensive line with a well-timed run and then found Gumede, who passed the ball into the back of the net with Toaster Nsabata stranded. 

Arrows should've doubled their lead just after the hour mark. Mutizwa teed up Pule Mmodi with a clear sight of goal but he could only succeed in guiding his attempt over the crossbar.  

Gumede went from hero to villain as he was adjudged to have fouled Pogiso Mahlangu inside the penalty area. Maart duly stepped up to the spot and made no mistake in the 82nd minute to level matters on the day. 

Arrows had a late chance to win it through Thabani Zuku in second half stoppage-time but he watched on in agony as his header rippled the side-netting and not the back of the net, and in the end the two teams had to settle for a point apiece. 

Sekhukhune United (0) 1 (Maart pen. 82') 
Golden Arrows (0) 1 (Gumede 53')

SEKHUKHUNE UNITED: Nsabata; Jampies (Patjie 61'), Motsepe, Gyimah, Mobbie, De Jongh (Sarupinda 61'), Maart, Sibanyoni (Mahlangu 46'), Madonsela, Hlubi (Mncube 41'), Ohizu (Leepile 61'). 

GOLDEN ARROWS: Mlungwana; Cele, Zuke, Sibisi, Dube, Dlamini, Mbhele (Ndwandwe 46'), Magwana (Sibiya 46'), Khumalo (Gumede 62'), Mmodi (Magubane 77'), Mutizwa.