Following their 1-1 draw against Highlands Park on the weekend, Golden Arrows take aim at Orlando Pirates in their next Absa Premiership encounter.
It took goals from Lerato Lamola and Rodney Ramagalela for the match at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Durban on Saturday to end with the teams sharing the points.
In their next match, Abafana Bes’thende are scheduled to host Pirates at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium next Saturday.
Meanwhile, Arrows coach Steve Komphela spoke on how his team played against the Lions of the North.
“We started the match on a positive note and open the score in the sixth minute when Lamola got to the end of Lunga to make it 1-0. This allowed us to play with less stress and commanded the space and the ball very well though we didn’t create as many chances due to the nature of how the opponent were structured. It was a very physical game and the opponent would always go direct after winning possession. Our defence had to stay switched on to avoid their strikers receiving the long ball. We did not have too many defensive challenges except the long direct balls and the long throw-ins. There were too many fouls committed, worsened by rainy conditions as well but both sets of players coped very well. The first half ended 1-0 in our favour with no threat the opponent would overcome our game model,” said Komphela, as quoted on Arrows’ official website.
“We didn’t start the second well and we conceded throw-ins and corners unnecessarily but survived that spell. We started playing our brand of football though not as fluid as usual. Our midfield lost too much possession and as a result we didn’t create too many chances,” the coach added.
“The opponent made a change and brought in Ramagalela and started applying more pressure. In the 64th minute, they got an equalizer from a cross. A ball that seemed to have gone out of the field as the initial cross was played from their right wing, the ball went over to their left winger who crossed back as well, where the goal got scored by Ramagalela to level matters 1-1. Both teams had started the encounter equal on points and end the encounter equal on points again as both remain in positions seven and eight. Our next march is against Orlando Pirates the next weekend,” he concluded.