Pietermaritzburg - A goal on debut from Mike Mohammed added to strikes for Nhlahla
Vilakazi and Sheldon van Wyk helped Maritzburg United climb to fourth on
the PSL table with a resounding 3-0 win over Chippa United at
the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday.
Ghanaian Mohammed headed in the opener after 21 minutes, before Vilakazi curled in expertly after 51 minutes.
Substitute Van Wyk added a third with five minutes to play giving the Team of Choice an excellent win.
created several half chances during the early stages, although they
were all wasted by Mhlengi Cele, Joseph Molongoane and Mpho Mvelase.
had to wait almost 15 minutes for their first opening as Thamsanqa
Mkhize forced debutant Ghanaian goalkeeper Fatau Dauda.
chance seemed to lift the tempo with Khumbulani Banda's ambitious effort
from the left almost catching out the Chippa custodian, who gathered at
the second attempt.
But there was nothing Dauda could do to
prevent the opener as Zimbabwean Banda was forced into the left corner,
where he delivered an inviting cross to the centre of the penalty area
that was headed in my Mohammed.
Chippa responded almost instantly
with a sweeping move that ended with Mhlengi Cele striking the crossbar
from just inside the penalty area.
The lead was then almost
doubled from the ensuing counter attack as Banda's drilled low cross
from the left was crashed onto the crossbar and back onto the line by
Mondli Cele -- the Chilli Boys fortunate to escape.
should have been level before the break when William Twala somehow
ballooned over after the ball was laid on the plate for him by David
Zulu from the left.
The men from Port Elizabeth were made to pay
for that miss six minutes into the second half as a fluid counter attack
saw Banda and Mohammed set up Vilakazi, who curled in expertly from
just outside the box.
Again there was a strong response from
Chippa with captain Andile Mbenyane forcing Virgil Vries to make his
first real save of the night, a diving stop to his left.
Komphela's men continued to play with enterprise and vigour as another
Banda cross from the left was cushioned into the path of Mkhize, who
forced the Black Stars' World Cup goalkeeper to react acrobatically and
turn the ball away for a corner.
Vries showed he was also no
slouch in goal, turning away a point-blank header from Mhlengi Cele, the
rebound wastefully slid wide by Mbenyane.
almost pulled a goal back with 15 minutes to play when he curled a
free-kick inches wide, before the home side struck again five minutes
from time when Van Wyk scored, beating the desperate efforts of
Siyabonga Zulu, who saved on the line and then had the ball deflect of
his head on his way in.