Full Time: Kaizer Chiefs 2-0 Golden Arrows
Date: 2 April 2014
Venue: FNB Stadium
Kaizer Chiefs cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win over Golden Arrows in an Absa Premiership match at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday night.
Second half goals from Erick Mathoho and Kingston Nkhatha saw the Glamour Boys go three points clear at the top of the league table with 52 points from 23 league games.
Arrows, on the other hand, still find themselves firmly rooted to the bottom of the log with 13 points from 23 games, six points clear of second from bottom Polokwane City
The Amakhosi controlled the possession stakes in the opening half, but failed to make the most of it due to some bad decision making and poor passing in the final third of the field.
Arrows, though, did not help their cause as they defended in their numbers and looked to hit on the counter-attack with very little success.
Chiefs created their first opening in the second minute when Siphiwe Tshabalala cut in from the right flank and flashed a 24-yard shot just wide of the post.
Two minutes later Willard Katsande let fly from 35-yards out, but Arthur Bartman made a good save to deny him.
Arrows created their first chance in the 13th minute when Russell Mlotshwa met a cross from the right, but he headed over from 12-yards out.
Two minutes later Bernard Parker was unlucky not to give his side the lead when he pounced on a goalmouth scramble at a corner-kick, but saw his effort from six-yards out blocked on the goalline by his own player Nkhatha.
Arrows only other effort of the first half came in the 20th minute when Mlotshwa broke on the counter-attack, but fired the ball inches over the crossbar from 24-yards out.
Four minutes later Siyabonga Nkosi met a right wing cross from Tshabalala at the other end of the park, but he headed wide from 12-yards out.
In the 41st minute Siboniso Gaxa was afforded a great chance to hand Chiefs the lead when Katsande slipped him through on goal, but with just the keeper to beat he flashed his shot from an acute angle six-yards out just wide.
The half ended 0-0.
The start of the second half saw Chiefs continue their dominance from the first stanza, but with one change – they began taking their chances in front of goal.
The Amakhosi took the lead in the 53rd minute when Mathoho headed home a right-sided free-kick from Tshabalala.
Nkhatha then doubled his side’s lead in the 69th minute after showing great strength to work his way into the box before firing a low 14-yard shot into the corner of the net, 2-0.
Chiefs took their foot off the pedal in the final 20 minutes as they cruised to a comfortable win.