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Rosslee: Got his derby win

Rosslee: Got his derby win

Craig Rosslee claimed his first win as AmaZulu coach as Usuthu held on for a 1-0 win over rivals Golden Arrows on Saturday evening.

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Ayanda Dlamini's solo strike in the 60th minute means Rosslee's men move into 15th place in the standings and off the foot of the table, with Chippa United still to face Black Leopards on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Arrows' inconsistent season continues and the unexpected loss leaves them in 11th place in the standings with 19 points from 18 games this season.

Both teams were lively at the start of the match, but it was the visitors who looked the better of the two in the opening exchanges.

However, it was Arrows who registered the first shot on target from a free-kick 30 yards from goal. Ntlantla Zothwane took the set-piece, but his shot was straight at Usuthu goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini.

At the other end Arrows 'keeper Pavels Steinbors was called into action, as he rushed off his line to punch the ball away from danger after a Carlington Nyadombo header from the corner.

Dlamini threatened again for the visitors, however, he could not get his header on target from a brilliant cross from Nkanyiso Cele on the flank.

A defensive lapse from the AmaZulu backline allowed Thamsanqa Gabuzu the time and space to fire off a shot from just inside the box, but Kapini was equal to it as he parried the ball away.

Amaqhawe continued to be profligate in front of goal, wasting three opportunities to go ahead shortly before half-time.

Njabulo Manqana saw his curling effort fly wide of the post, then Dlamini blazed his own shot over the bar from close range, before Dlamini was again denied by Steinbors' trailing leg and a goalline clearance from Ritus Krjauklis.

It was end-to-end action when the sides re-emerged for the second half, but it was the visitors who got the breakthrough on the hour mark.

The forward got free on the left wing, worked his way inside and curled a wonderful effort in at the far post.

The hosts had two golden chances to equalise towards the end of the match.

Two minutes after the goal, Tshepo Liphoke was rather unfortunate not to score, his cross catching out Usuthu goalkeeper Kapini, but cannoning back off the cross-bar.

They threatened again in added time, but another chance went a-begging when substitute Lucky Nguzana was picked out at the near post by Liphoko, but Kapini made a superb save as he pushed the effort wide of the upright.

Posted: 16/02/13 18:05

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