Arrows sink Baroka in five-goal thriller

Lamontville Golden Arrows edged out ten-man Baroka FC 3-2 in the DStv Premiership match at the Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu, Durban, on Sunday afternoon.

Three goals from Thubelihle Magubane, Pule Mmodi and Nkosinathi Sibisi inspired Abafana Bes'thende to a victory which took the team to ninth place on the league standings.

Sekela Sithole and Denwin Farmer both netted for Bakgaga Mphahlele, who remained 14th on the log as coach Kgoloko Thobejane marked his return to the club's first team with a defeat.

It took just 13 minutes for Abes'thende to end their three-match run without scoring a goal in the league and Thubelihle Magubane was the man who broke the deadlock.

Magubane scored with a header to make it 1-0 to Arrows after Michael Gumede's shot was parried into his path by goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke.

The hosts controlled the game after taking the lead and they managed to double their lead on the half-hour mark with Gumede being involved in the build-up once again.

The hard-running marksman combined with Pule Mmodi, who then beat Masuluke with a decent finish to double Arrows' lead and they were deservedly leading 2-0 at half time.

Bakgaka Ba Mphahlele were the better side after the restart and they pulled one back when Richard Mbulu set up Sekela Sithole, who netted to make it 2-1 in the 68th minute.

However, the visitors were reduced to 10 players two minutes later as Mbulu was shown a red card for dissent, but this did not deter Baroka as they continued to attack.

It was end-to-end stuff in the closing stages of the game and Denwin Farmer levelled matters to make it 2-2 after being set up by Nhlanhla Mgaga in the 80th minute.

The hosts then piled pressure on the Baroka defence and Siboniso Conco was fouled in the box. Nkosinathi Sibisi scored from the spot-kick to hand Arrows a 3-2 lead.

The 84th-minute goal from Sibisi sealed Arrows' 3-2 win over Baroka, who extended their winless run to seven matches in the league.

Arrows (2) 3 (Magubane 13', Mmodi 30', Sibisi 84')
Baroka (0) 2 (Sithole 68', Farmer 80')

Arrows: N.Gumede, Zuke, Sibisi, Mantshiyane, Dube, Dlamini, L.Dube, Magubane (Conco 55'), Mmodi, Sibiya (Ndwandwe 88'), M.Gumede

Baroka: Masuluke, Seema (Masiya 68'), Makume (Sibiya 86'), Shozi, Farmer, Kambala, Sithole (Chauke 81') Mgaga, Bobete, Makgopa, Mbulu.