Arrows bring Leopards down to earth


PORT ELIZABETH — Golden Arrows beat Black Leopards 4-2 in a League clash at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Dillon Sheppard, Collins Mbesuma, Thamsanqa Gabuza and Philani Shange found the back of the net for Arrows, while Leopards replied through Mongezi Bobe and Luyolo Mapholisa.

The home side got off to a great start when they opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Siyabonga Nkosi’s through-pass released Dillon Sheppard on the left and the left winger placed his low shot at the far post.

Muhsin Ertugral’s men should’ve doubled their lead a minute later when Sheppard delivered a cross from the left wing, but Collins Mbesuma’s bouncing header went straight to Leopards goalkeeper Thabang Maluleke.

Nkosi had two good chances to extend the home team’s advantage, but he shot over the crossbar yet again in the 30th minute and sent another effort wide two minutes later after receiving a cross from Sheppard.

Arrows wasted yet another chance in the 40th minute when Nkosi found himself with space on the right, but his low cross went behind both Mbesuma and Sheppard in the penalty area.

They were punished a minute later when Leopards found the equalizer against the run of play with Kingston Nkhatha delivering a cross from the left for captain Bobe to place his header beyond Petim’s reach.

The visitors came back from the break with renewed confidence and came close to taking the lead in the 48th minute when Nkhatha connected with a corner from Bobe at the near post, but his header went narrowly over the crossbar.

However, it was Arrows who added to their tally two minutes later when Sheppard broke free on the left a sent in a low cross for Mbesuma to nudge into the back of the net. —Kick Off