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No Goals At Kings Park

14/12/03
Sunday's Castle Premiership clash between Golden Arrows and Sundowns ended in a stalemate - a result which means both sides are still placed dangerously close to the relegation zone.

The match got off to a rather scrappy start with both teams giving away possession away cheaply in the opening minutes.

There were a few half chances and shots from distance from both sides, but there was nothing to trouble goalkeepers Andre Arendse and Davies Phiri.

With Sundowns struggling to make much of an impression upfront, coach Khabo Zondo decided that he needed a change and brought on striker Rotson Kilambe in the place of an off-form Simba Marumo.

Arrows' first good chance of the match fell to Ace Gulwa in the 37th minute. The former Bloemfontein Celtic playmaker received the ball in the Sundowns box and fired in a low shot, but Arendse did well to get down quickly and block the shot.

Two minutes later the visitors came deperately close to taking the lead when Godfrey Sapula did well to pull the ball back for Daniel Mudau, whose first time shot rattled the crossbar before bouncing back into play.

Downs also came close in the 42nd minute when Phiri failed to collect a cross and Manquoba Ngewenya headed goalwards, but his effort was cleared off the line by an Arrows defender.

The Brazilians were starting to pile on the pressure as the half drew to a close and Sapula had what seemed like a legitimate penalty appeal turned down after he was brought down in the six yard box with the goal at his mercy.

The second half started pretty much the same way as the first stanza did - both teams failed to stamp their authority in midfield and once again resorted to long range shots which were all off target.

Abafana Bes'thende, did however, come close to finding the back of the net in the 59th minute, but Arendse did brilliantly to tip Vumile Dladla's powerful drive over the bar.

Sundowns had a chance of their own in the 61st minute when Mudau earned a free-kick in a dangerous position, but Sapula's effort was not struck with enough venom to cause Phiri any problems.

The game was becoming a lot more open and both sides managed to create more chances, but Sapula and Gulwa were both guilty of over elaborate play when inside the opposition's penalty box.

In the 82nd minute Kilambe came literally inches wide of scoring when his shot was deflected over Phiri's head.

Mabhuti Khanyeza should have secured the three points for his side in the 90th minute after the ball fell to him right in front of the goal, but instead of placing his shot in the corner, the Amaglug-glug went for power and blasted his shot high into the stands.

This proved to be the last chance of the game, forcing the teams to settle for a point each, which did neither of them any good as they both remain close to the relegation zone.

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