Cape Town - AmaZulu
fought back from a goal down and with a numerical disadvantage to claim a 1-1
draw away to provincial derby rivals Maritzburg United on Friday.
a sodden Harry Gwala Stadium, Usuthu found themselves a goal and a man down
after Mondli Cele’s opening goal and a red card for Bornwell Mwape, but Bongani
Ndulula’s penalty 13 minutes from time earned a 1-1 draw for the visitors.
first clear chance of the match went the way of the visitors in the 11th minute. A long throw-in from the left fell to the feet of Bongani Ndulula, who
turned sharply from having his back to goal and fired off a left-footed shot
from close range, but it flashed wide of the near post.
minutes later Maritzburg had a fine opportunity of their own, with Khumbulani
Banda whipping in a good cross from the left which picked out Nhlanhla
Vilakazi, but the midfielder put his header over the crossbar.
broke the deadlock in the 37th minute. Winger Mondli Cele switched
flanks to the left, received a pass just inside the penalty area and cut inside
to beat AmaZulu goalkeeper Siyabonga Mngoma with a low shot just inside the
sent on Ayanda Dlamini at the start of the second half and proceeded to
dominate possession, forcing the home side onto the back foot. However, clear
chances were hard to come by for the team in green.
Bornwell Mwape almost produced an equaliser on 65 minutes, pushing forward into
the box before striking a fearsome left-footed effort across the face of goal
and just wide of the far post.
hopes of getting back into the game were dealt a severe blow with just under 20
minutes to play, as Mwape was shown a straight red card for a reckless,
studs-up challenge on Ashley Hartog.
just a few minutes later the Durban side were awarded a penalty when Ndulula
was bundled over in the box by Mohammed Awal. The Bafana Bafana striker took
the spot kick himself and emphatically fired it into the back of the net to
make it 1-1 in the 77th minute.
created several good chances to reclaim the lead in what remained of the match
and hit the crossbar deep in injury time through a header from Hartog, but they
were unable to capitalize on their numerical advantage and the game ended
United (1) 1 (Cele 37’)
(0) 1 (Ndulula 77’ pen)
Vries, Mabaso, Paintsil, Awal, Banda, Sekotlong, Mngomyama, Vilakazi (Mkhize
68’), Cele (Lentjies 86’), Hartog, Mandaza (Mokate 74’)
Mngoma, Nyadombo, Johannes, Ouro-Akoriko (Shange 70’), Mwedihanga, Hlanti,
Shabalala, G. Dlamini, Were Ooko (A. Dlamini 46’), Mwape, Ndulula (Madondo 83’)