Maritzburg, SuperSport draw
Dylon Appolis gets away from Rheece Evans (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Maritzburg and SuperSport United played to a goalless draw in their Premiership match at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday.
Gavin Hunt's SuperSport team woes continued as they had a number of chances in front of goal but were not able to convert.
The home team had the edge over SuperSport for most of the encounter, but their finishing was far from clinical. The teams were both looking to break winless streaks, with SuperSport now without a win in six games and Maritzburg not having achieved a three pointer in four matches.
In the first half, both teams were able to launch quick surges upfield with pace in counter-attacks. Average finishing, however, meant the back of the net was not threatened on either side of the pitch.
Maritzburg were close to opening the scoring in the ninth minute.
Prince Olomu had the beating of SuperSport keeper Rowen Fernandez, only to see his headed attempt strike the post after a pin-point cross into the box from Wayne Matle.
SuperSport's frustration in front of goal continued in the 23rd minute when they should have scored. Sibusiso Zuma for SuperSport was left one-on-one with the keeper and ended up scuffing his shot and Shu-aib Walters was grateful to gather the tamely struck attempt.
Just after the hour mark, Zumu found space in the box but could only rifle his shot into the side-netting.
Kermit Erasmus for SuperSport found some dangerous areas in the box, but was closed down by Maritzburg defence.
In the 64th minute, Diyo Sibisi had a free header in the box, but his poor finish saw the ball drift wide of target with Fernandez reduced to a spectator.
Two minutes later, Fernandez left his mark, and Felix Obada rounded the keeper, with players waiting in the middle, but his effort still could not find the target from an acute angle.