MTN : Clever Boys break Arrows to reach MTN8 Semis
The MTN 8 defending champions goes through to the Semi Finals after a drama field encounter
Bidvest Wits won the MTN 8 quarter final encounter by defeating Golden Arrows in a tough match encounter that saw three red cards and both club coaches receiving matching orders, including Golden Arrows assistant coach.
The game was decided through a sudden death penalty shootout with the Clever Boys coming out victorious winning 4-3.
The game saw Daylon Classen, Slavko Damjanovic and Steven Pianaar make their PSL debut.
The Clever Boys were first to attack and Daylon Claasen should have put the Clever Boys in front after a Hlatshwayo’s header was cleared off the line and fell off Daylon Claasen legs who’s attempt was cleared off the line by the Arrows goal keeper.
Tembisa born Lerato Trevor Lamula header in the 11th minutes put the visitors in front after receiving a perfect cross from Siphelele Magubane to put Abafana Besthende in the lead. Moeneeb Joseph was brought in action by Siyabonga Dube who unleashed a missile only for Moeneeb to save.
Slavko Damjanovic who was making his South African debut received marching orders in the 20th minute after a tackle on Siphelele Magubane that forced Nduduzo Sibiya to come in for an early substitution.
Kudakwashe Mahachi put the visitors 2-0 upfront after receiving a low cross from Sibiya and made no mistake as he tapped the ball into net. Bidvest immediately responded as their effort resulted in a penalty with James Keene stepping up to reduce the deficit and converted from the spot.
Bidvest immediately responded as their effort resulted in a penalty after the Man of the Match Maliele Pule was brought down in the box with a two footed tackle. James Keene stepped up to reduce the deficit and converted from the spot.
Bidvest Wits should have taken advantage in the 43rd minute after Sifiso Hlanti received a pounding ball but failed to connect with the ball. Wits kept the pressure as they searched for an equalizing goal before going to break but the Arrows defense kept them at bay and forced the game to go into the break with Arrows leading 2-1.
Abafana Bes’thende defender Danny Phiri received his marching orders after a second yellow card issued by the referee Phillip Tiyani.
Bidvest Wits started the second half with intentions to force an early equalizer from the first blow of the whistle. A free kick from Maliele Pule in 54th minutes threatened the Arrows defense but the goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede didn’t have a problem to pick up the ball.
The midfielder beat an offside trap and should have converted only to miss from close range. An error from Golden Arrows defender Lehlohonolo Nonyane resulted in Wits grabbing their second goal as James Keene easily tapped in to grab his second goal of the match after receiving a pass from Reeve Frosler.
Nonyane nearly made up for the mistake when he unleashed a powerful shot that called Moneeb Joseph into action in the 78th minutes.
Bidvest Wits handed Steven “Schillo” Pienaar his debut in the 84th minutes.
Arrows thought they should have been awarded a penalty after one of their players brought down in the box only for the referee to signal play on. Arrows goalkeeper Gumede was full of mistakes towards the end of the game and Wits thought they have grabbed the winner when Gumede fumbled the ball with Frosler putting the ball in the net only for the referee to rule a foul. Wits put everything they had to try and grab a late winner but Gumede was on song as he pulled a brave save from a Thabang Monare shot. The game was forced
Wits put everything they had to try and grab a late winner but Gumede pulled a brave save from a Thabang Monare shot. The game was forced into extra time after the official game ended at 2 all.
Both teams started the extra time with a defensive approach and Wits new midfielder Steven Pienaar took a shot that went over the post. Mahachi thought he had grabbed his brace in the 113th minutes only for his shot to go wide of the target with Moneeb Joseph beaten.
Moment of the match went on to both team coaches receiving marching orders after match commissioner Victor Hlungwani ordered for both coaches and Arrows assistant coach to be red carded for foul language towards the referee.
Arrows were left hanging on the thread after the referee gave a straight red card after Siyabonga Dube retaliated by head butting Gabadinho Mhango after Mhango fouled him.
Gumede saved the first two penalties to give Golden Arrows the life line but a miss in sudden death by Musa Bilankulu gave the clever boys the victory