Full Time: Golden Arrows 0-1 Kaizer Chiefs
Date: 19 December 2013
Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium
A solitary penalty goal from Bernard Parker handed Kaizer Chiefs their fifth Absa Premiership win in a row as they ran out 1-0 winners over Golden Arrows at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Thursday.
The result also sees Chiefs go top of the table with 27 points, three clear of Mamelodi Sundowns in second.
It was a rather slow start to the game as both teams took a while to adapt to the damp pitch.
The opening 20 minutes did not produce much goal mouth action besides from long range efforts which were of very little threat to either team’s goal.
In the seventh minute Nkanyiso Mlotshwa had the first shot on goal from 30-yards out, but Itumeleng Khune made an easy save.
Chiefs first real opening came in the 14th minute after a quick counter-attack saw Siphiwe Tshabalala shoot from 22-yards out, but his low grass cutter went just wide of the post.
As the half progressed Chiefs began to take the ascendancy and Bernard Parker came close to opening the scoring in the 24th minute, but he saw his curling effort from just inside the box skim the wrong side of the post.
Two minutes later and Siyabonga Nkosi chested a ball down to an unmarked Knowledge Musona, but the Zimbabwean fired his 14-yard shot into the ground which took the power off it and allowed Ryan Harrison to make a comfortable save.
In the 33rd minute Reneilwe Letsholonyane let fly with a 25-yard thunderbolt that sailed inches over the crossbar.
A minute later and Nkosi was on the end of a right-wing cross, but he saw his 12-yard header well-saved by the Arrows keeper.
In the 39th minute Chiefs should have taken the lead after hitting the woodwork twice in a minute.
First a cross from the right was met by Tsepo Masilela at the back post, but his volley was deflected onto the crossbar by Nkanyiso Mgwengwe. Siboniso Gaxa was then on hand to head the rebound, but his effort from close range struck the post and bounced away from danger.
In first half injury time Chiefs struck the woodwork for a third time as Musona found Nkosi at the back post. Nkosi then proceeded to cut inside and shoot from 12-yards out, but his effort cannoned off the post.
The half ended 0-0.
The start of the second 45 saw Chiefs continue where they left off and they managed to win a penalty two minutes after the restart when Mzuvukile Tom handled the ball inside the box while attempting to clear.
Parker stepped up and made no mistake from the spot to score his eighth league goal of the season, 1-0.
Arrows tried to press forward after going behind, but were reduced to long range efforts which weren’t very effective.
Instead, in the 70th minute it was Chiefs that came close to scoring again when Tshabalala let fly from 22-yards out, but Harrison made a great save diving low to his right to tip the ball around the post.
In the 81st minute Khune made one of the saves of the season diving to his left to stop Nene from point blank range.
Chiefs held on to pick up the three points and go top of the table.