Maritzburg fight back to earn draw

2016-04-20 21:39
Kurt Lentjies (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kurt Lentjies scored a superb goal to see Maritzburg United hold Golden Arrows to a 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership match at Princess Magogo Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The Team of Choice showed remarkable character to fight back from being both a goal and a man down to claim a point which could prove to be the difference between survival and relegation come the end of the season.

Abafana Bes’thende, meanwhile, remain in 11th place on the log, now four points adrift of a place in the top half.

Maritzburg were the first to properly threaten a goal, with Philani Zulu shooting on target from long range in the 10th minute. His effort was half saved by Max Mbaeva, with the ball squirming out of his grasp and rolling just wide of the post.

Six minutes later Arrows were awarded a penalty after goalkeeper Tawfeeq Salie brought down Nduduzo Sibiya in the 18-yard box. Nkanyiso Cele took the spot kick and coolly converted to make it 1-0 to the hosts.

The Team of Choice almost came up with an equaliser late in the first half when Thamsanqa Teyise flicked on from a free kick, but his effort was well saved by Mbaeva to ensure the hosts went into the break with their lead intact.

United were dealt a major blow on the stroke of half time when Deolin Mekoa was shown a straight red card – seemingly for abusive language toward referee Zolile Mthetho – reducing them to 10 men.

Maritzburg coach Ernst Middendorp responded by making two changes at the start of the second half, throwing on Pogiso Sanoka and Sheldon van Wyk in place of Bandile Shandu and Mohau Mokate.

United almost came up with an equaliser in the 56th minute through defender Brian Onyango, who got up highest at a corner kick to meet the ball but saw his header bounce away to safety off the top of the crossbar.

The visitors were finally rewarded for their endeavour in the 71st minute when Evans Rusike’s pass gave Kurt Lentjies a sight of goal: the midfielder made it 1-1 with a precisely-placed low shot which went in off the inside of the far post.

Despite having just 10 men, United continued to look the better team as the match wore on and missed out on several opportunities to score a second goal and claim what would have been a heroic victory.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

28 October 2016
Maritzburg United v Golden Arrows, Harry Gwala Stadium 20:00
Chippa United v Platinum Stars, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 20:00
29 October 2016
Orlando Pirates v Kaizer Chiefs, FNB Stadium 15:30
Ajax Cape Town v SuperSport United, Cape Town Stadium 20:15
Bloemfontein Celtic v Wits, Dr. Molemela Stadium 20:15
30 October 2016
Mamelodi Sundowns v Cape Town City, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 15:30
Highlands Park v Free State Stars, Makhulong Stadium 15:30
Baroka FC v Polokwane City, New Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

When all is said and done in the 2015/16 Absa Premiership season, who will be crowned champions of South Africa?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.