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Maulers emerge victors in Durban derby 11/08/04

Bruce Grobbelaar got his career as the Manning Rangers coach off to a good start when the Mighty Maulers overcame Golden Arrows in a Durban derby played at the Chatsworth Stadium on Wednesday night.

The match was evenly contested throughout and could of gone either way.

Rangers had veteran keeper John Tlale to thank for their win, as the man-of-the-match pulled of several crucial saves.

The opening stages of the game were lively and the match was played at an extremely fast pace with a number of robust tackles flying in from both teams.

The first chance of the match fell to Arrows in the ninth minute when Lesley Langa found himself on the end of a free-kick, but the big defender was not able to keep his header under the crossbar.

In the 16th minute midfield schemer Papi Zothwane played a brilliant ball through to Ngubani, but the young striker failed to put the ball past the on-rushing veteran Rangers keeper, John Tlale.

Arrows were dominating the game and in the 28th minute Zothwane had a great chance to score from close range, but again Tlale pulled off a brilliant save.

Somewhat against the run of play, the Mighty Maulers took the lead in the 41st minute when Arrows keeper Davies Phiri stumbled as he attempted to claim a cross and Zambian Linos Chalwe was on hand to score on his debut with an excellent flying header.

The first chance of the second stanza fell to Alton Meiring, but his well struck shot from the right hand side of the box flew straight at Phiri.

In the 71st minute substitute Tebogo Tsieu came close to scoring a with his first time volley from a cross, which went just over the bar.

Five minutes later Tlale again kept the home side in the lead, this time saving from Abafana Bes'thende substitute striker, Harry Milanzi.

Arrows kept pushing forward and Lucky Sibeko saw his shot from range fizz just wide of Tlale's

Tsieu should have finished off matters in the 80th minute when Alton Meiring played in a pin-point cross, but from only five yards out he blasted his header over the bar,

In the 86th minute Tlale pulled off yet another fantastic save to deny Milanzi from a tight angle at the near post.

Despite more pressure from the visitors, the hosts managed to see out the remaining minutes, giving them an important win over their neighbours in their first Castle Premiership game of the season.


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