Cape Town - Maritzburg United suffered
their third loss of the Absa Premiership season after going down 1-0 to
Polokwane City at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Tuesday night.
Maritzburg struggled to find
their rhythm early on and gifted possession to the opposition with some poor
passing and bad decision making in the middle of the park.
Polokwane took advantage of
the home side’s sloppy play and had a good few chances in front of goal, but
their finishing was not great.
In the tenth minute Thobani
Mncwango beat a couple of defenders before seeing his powerful shot from the
edge of the box brilliantly saved by the Maritzburg keeper.
In the 18th
minute some bad defence inside the home side’s box saw the ball fall to an
unmarked Rodney Ramagalela, but the Polokwane attacker poked his shot wide from
Seven minutes later Virgil
Vries produced another great save to keep Maritzburg in the game, this time
denying Puleng Tlolane from 24-yards out.
On the half hour mark
Maritzburg finally created their first chance in front of goal when Kurt
Lentjies played a superb through ball for Evans Rusike, but he shot wide with
just the keeper to beat.
Neither side could find the
back of the net before the half time whistle.
The same trend continued
into the second half until Polokwane substitute Sipho Jembula found the back of
the net in the 67th minute with his first touch – a powerfully
driven long range shot which bounced off the underside of the crossbar and into
the goal, 1-0.
After going behind
Maritzburg took control of the game, but they struggled to break down a
well-organised Polokwane defence.
The home side did come close
to scoring in the 85th minute when a corner from Kurt Lentjies was
headed just over the target by Mohau Mokate.
The win for Polokwane is
their second in the league and sees them up to eight points while the loss is
Maritzburg is their third of the season and sees them on four points.