United, Usuthu in stalemate
Cuthbert Malajila (Gallo)
Johannesburg - The KwaZulu-Natal derby
between Maritzburg United and AmaZulu failed to produce a winner for the second
time this season when the two sides played to a 1-1 draw at the Harry Gwala
Stadium on Tuesday night.
Goodman Dlamini put the
visitors ahead on the stroke of half time but the home side were able to level
matters in the dying minutes of the second half through Cuthbert Malajila.
Following a cagey start,
it was the visitors who threatened in the 10th
minute when Kagiso
Senamela fired his shot wide, while Ayanda Dlamini also saw his shot rising
over the crossbar five minutes later.
Then in the 21st
minute Cuthbert Malajila should’ve pit his side ahead when he found himself
face-to-face with goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini, but the Zimbabwean forward scuffed
his shot wide of the target.
Four minutes later the
Usuthu shot-stopper was forced to react quickly to deal with a dangerous ball
that was played across by Felix Obada.
However, it was the
visitors who took the lead moments before the break when Goodman Dlamini
converted with a simple tap-in after receiving a cross from Ayanda Dlamini.
The second half saw less
in the form of goalmouth action but Diyo Sibisi did manage to get his shot on
target in the 65th minute, although Kapini made a comfortable save
in the end.
Senamela then tried
to find the target in the 75th minute but the result was the same as
the first half as he pulled his shot wide of the post.
Roger Palmgren’s men
came close to extending their lead in the 89th minute but Ayanda
Dlamini was denied by a great save from Shu-aib Walters, while Goodman Dlamini
failed to hit the target with his follow-up shot.
Just when it looked like
the visitors would hold on for maximum points, the home crowd was sent into
raptures in the second minute of added time when Malajila netted the equaliser
with a well-timed volleyed shot.