Arrows cruise past Maritzburg to reach Nedbank last 16


Kudakwashe Mahachi of Golden Arrows celebrates his goal with his teammates during the 2017 Nedbank Cup match between Golden Arrows and Maritzburg United

DURBAN - Three first-half goals from Subusiso Sibeko, Lerato Lamola and Kudakwashe Mahachi downed Maritzburg United 3-1 in their Nedbank Cup last-32 match at the Prince Magogo Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Golden Arrows are now through to the Last 16 as their neighbours exit the competition.

The hosts displayed their intentions from the early stages of the tie as they wanted their second KwaZulu-Natal derby win in less than a week.

Clinton Larsen’s men grabbed the lead just after 20 minutes when Sibeko converted for the hosts, 1-0.

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Roger De Sa’s men nearly responded when Deolin Mekoa’s strike was saved by goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede a few minutes after going behind.

Abafana Bes’thende made it 2-0 when Lamola received the ball in the penalty area before turning smartly and firing home past the goalkeeper on the half hour mark.

Eight minutes later Arrows grabbed a third goal through the Zimbabwean winger Mahachi.

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In the second stanza, United failed to break Arrows stubborn defence as they could not create scoring chances.

In the 57th minute, skipper Kurt Lentjies saw his effort going high and wide from a well struck set piece.

However, it was Lebohang Maboe who managed to score a consolation goal for the visitors in the 66th minute as they exited the Ke Yona competition.

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