Stars pile on Arrows' misery
Free State Stars got back to winning ways with a hard-fought victory over struggling Golden Arrows. Arrows have now suffered three consecutive defeats and they are in free- fall on the PSL log.
After an impressive start to the season, Arrows are dicing with danger having lost 1-0 to Vasco da Gama and 2-1 to Kaizer Chiefs last week.
Stars deserved their half- time lead. They created the better chances and made Arrows' Bafana Bafana defenders Siyabonga Sangweni and Mzivukile Tom look ordinary.
Aleni Lebyane was the first to knock on the Arrows door when his volley was saved by goalkeeper Thulasizwe Khuzwayo in the 11th minute.
Kingston Nkhatha was unstoppable on the right and he capitalised on the forward forays of Tom and was given ample space to roam.
Nkhatha's dangerous cross in the 25th minute could not locate Lebyane who arrived late in the box and the chance was fluffed.
The Zimbabwean was again in the thick of things two minutes later when he sliced his shot wide with only the keeper to beat. Arrows launched attacks of their own and Siyabonga Nkosi and Nhlanhla Sithole either hesitated or over-elaborated in front of goal and let Stars off the hook.
Stars caught Arrows flat- footed on the stroke of half time and Boitumelo Sekgobela nicely hooked the ball into the far corner, leaving Khuzwayo giving the upright a tight bear-hug. Sekgobela was deservedly awarded the man of the match accolade.
Both teams came back from the break eager and Paulos Masehe's long-range effort crashed against the crossbar. Bryce Moon was not going to be outdone as his glancing header also hit the post with Kennedy Mweene well beaten.