Bucs buckle against Maritzburg

2014-12-02 21:58
Mohammed Anas (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - A brace from Mohammed Anas has steered Maritzburg United to a 2-1 Absa Premiership win over Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium in Soweto on Tuesday.

As it happened: Pirates v Maritzburg
Needing a win to build some much needed momentum ahead of the Soweto derby, the hosts got off to the worst possible start, with Anas firing in from close range in the second minute.
Thokozani Sekotlong lost his marker before teeing up the Ghanaian, who finished from point-blank range to stun the few who gathered at the 2010 World Cup final venue.
Pirates got their equaliser in the 33rd minute following a sustained spell of pressure. A returning Thabo Matlaba broke forward before finding Erasmus, who fired past an unmoved Virgil Vries in the Maritzburg goal.
Matlaba’s good work, though, was undone on the cusp of half-time. The fullback failed to clear his lines, subsequently letting in Mondli Cele, who in turn picked out Anas who beat Brighton Mhlongo for the second time.
Maritzburg continued to press forward after the break and Sekotlong should’ve doubled the hosts lead in the 70th minute. Having beaten Mhlongo to the ball, the former AmaTuks striker looked sure to score, but he could only manage to head his effort over the crossbar.
Pirates pushed forward in the dying embers of the encounter, but Maritzburg ultimately saw out the game with relative ease with the hosts only managing a single shot on target in the second-half.
The win moves Maritzburg up to third spot on the league standings, while Pirates drop to sixth.


Orlando Pirates (1) 1 (Erasmus 33’)
Maritzburg United (2) 2 (Anas 2’ 45+3’)

Orlando Pirates: Mhlongo, Jele, Gcaba, Sangweni, Matlaba, Sarr, Makola, Manyisa, Masuku (Rakhale 63’), Myeni, Erasmus (Majoro 71’)

Maritzburg United: Vries, Mabaso, Banda, Pantsil, Hartog, Sekotlong, Cele, Vilakazi (Mngonyama 76’), Awal, Anas (Mandaza 61’), Mkhize (Lentjies 81’)


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