The road to the 2019 Nedbank Cup final came to an end for Golden Arrows yesterday with a loss against TS Galaxy at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
In a game that took 71 minutes to see the first goal scored off a penalty after Mathenjwa was bought down in the box, and then progressed to extra time, it was the visiting side who took the honours.
The first half saw neither keeper troubled enough to rattle cages, and was rather uneventful from both of the teams. Play saw both teams looking to push up with their possession, but neither managed to find promising final touches.
Only late in the half did we look to have any clear chances with snap shots from Venter and Bilankulu.
After the break Abafanabesthende were given an opportunity with a free kick. Venter’s attempt from outside the box did not put the Galaxy keeper in any danger.
Then a penalty was awarded to home team after Mathenjwa was unfairly challenged in the box. Mutizwa strepped up and sent Mpakumpaku the wrong way.
Within a short period of time we missed two great opportunities to extend the lead. Mathenjwa had a shot which went wide, and then Mutizwa found himself one on one with the keeper, but hit the post with his shot.
With extra time being played, Zuke had the unfortunate experience of heading the ball into our net, and sending the game into extra time.
TS Galaxy stepped up their game in the extra 30 minutes of play. They drew on their hunger for the win and managed to put their substitute Lepasa into scoring positions twice, and he did not fail to convert.
We congratulate them on their win and wish them well in the final.
We will now shift all our focus and concentration on the PSL and our objective of achieving another Top 8 finish for the season.