Golden Arrows Move into Top Eight After draw with Royal AM

Golden Arrows and Royal AM draw 1-1 in KZN derby, with Arrows moving into top 8 and Royal AM staying in comfortable position to avoid relegation. Both teams look to bounce back in their next fixtures.

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Golden Arrows Move into Top Eight After draw with Royal AM

Golden Arrows Move into Top Eight After draw with Royal AM

Golden Arrows and Royal AM played to a 1-1 draw in a KwaZulu Natal derby at the Mpumalanga Stadium in Hammarsdale on Saturday. The point gained saw Golden Arrows move into the top eight of the DStv Premiership, while Royal AM moved up to 12th on the log.

Arrows took the lead in the 15th minute through an own goal by Zukile Mkhize, but Royal AM equalized in the 52nd minute through a goal by Khulekani Shezi. Both teams made late substitutions in search of a winning goal, but the match ended in a draw.

The match was evenly contested, with both teams creating chances. Royal AM dominated possession in the first half, while Arrows looked to hit them on the counter. In the second half, Arrows grew into the game and began dominating possession, but Royal AM continued to create chances.

Why this matters: The result means Golden Arrows have moved into the top eight of the league, leapfrogging Kaizer Chiefs. For Royal AM, the draw was a missed opportunity to all but ensure their survival, but they remain in a comfortable position to avoid relegation.

Both teams will be in action again next Sunday, with Arrows traveling to Cape Town City and Royal AM hosting Orlando Pirates. The match ended with both teams sharing the spoils, as Golden Arrows moved into the top eight of the DStv Premiership standings with the point gained from the draw.

Key Takeaways

  • Golden Arrows and Royal AM drew 1-1 in a KwaZulu Natal derby match.
  • Arrows took the lead through an own goal, but Royal AM equalized in the 2nd half.
  • The draw saw Arrows move into the top 8 of the DStv Premiership, while Royal AM rose to 12th.
  • Both teams had chances, with Royal AM dominating possession in the 1st half and Arrows in the 2nd.
  • The result was a missed opportunity for Royal AM to ensure survival, but they remain in a comfortable position.