Cape Town - Maritzburg United extended their unbeaten spell to four
games after holding on for a 0-0 draw with Platinum Stars at the Royal Bafokeng
Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Stars shaded what turned out to be a rather dull and
uninspired opening 45 minutes. The hosts grew stronger after the break, but
wasted several good chances to score as United held on determinedly for the
Whether it was he heat, or perhaps the two sides' efforts in
midweek - Stars won 4-0 away at Cape Town City, while Maritzburg beat Orlando
Pirates 2-1 at home, the first half was a rather flat affair with neither side
posing much of a threat in front of goal.
It took over 20 minutes for the first effort to arrive, but
Benson Shilongo was well off target with a header.
Tintswalo Tshabala also sent a shot closer to the corner
flag than the goal before Gift Sithole headed wide from a corner.
The visiting side made some forays towards the Stars box in
the closing 10 minutes of the half and two chances fell to Kurt Lentjies about
20-yards out, but he miscued the first and sent the second straight at Mbongeni
Mzimela in goal.
Dikwena upped their efforts after the break as Maritzburg
found their defence under increasing pressure.
Chances followed for Shilongo, but his shot was deflected
wide, before Robert Ng'ambi went close with two efforts, the first having to be
cleared off the line by defender Maritzburg Bevan Fransman.
After Lebogang Maboe spurned a decent chance in the box for
United, Stars substitute Henrico Botes was inches away from finding the net
with a 77th minute pile-driver from 30-yards.
Botes again came close with a powerful strike and then only
some brave goalkeeping from Maritzburg keeper Bongani Mpandle denied Stars
after they had a series of shots in succession three minutes from time.
Dikwena probably deserved the win after their second half
efforts, but had to settle for the point as the KZN side played out the
remainder of the game with relative comfort.