Cape Town - A goal each in each half from Siyabulela Shai and Kurt
Lentjies was enough to hand Maritzburg United their first win of the season and
also advance to the next stage of the Telkom Knockout as they beat Jomo Cosmos
2-1 on Friday night at the Harry Gwala Stadium.
From the word go Maritzburg looked mentally fit and Mohammed
Anas was the bravest one to take the first shot for Clive Barker’s side but he
missed the target.
Then veteran Sipho Mngomezulu also responded with a shot for
Ezenkosi but he too missed the target, and Cosmos almost took a lead through
Thabo Ralebakeng soon after.
In the 43rd minute Siyabulela Shai gave the home team a lead
with a great shot from range after an assist from Philani Zulu.
Then in the 45th minute Thato Sithole made things worse for
Cosmos as he received a red card for a studs-up challenge.
In the second half Maritzburg continued to dominate the ten
men of Cosmos and in the 50th minute Charlton Mashumba almost made it double
for United, but Tawfeeq Salie made a good save.
But in the 55th minute Lentjies extended the score to
2-0 after his team received what looked to be a soft penalty.
Mohamed Anas came close into extending the score to 3-0 but
Naiker made a good save in the 71st minute.
Cosmos equalised when Frederic Nsabiyumva got a slight touch
with his head following a free kick by Cheslyn Jampies in the 75th minute.
As much as Cosmos tried to find the equaliser things didn’t
work their way as Maritzburg booked their spot in the next round.
Salie, Mngonyama, De Jongh, Shai (David
Booysen 84’), Mekoa D, Zulu, Pantsil, Hartog, Lentjies ( Bandile Shandu 70’),
Onyango and Anas
Naicker, Mngomezulu, Mthembu, Nsabiyumva,
Ralebakeng (Wiseman Maluleke 73’), Sithole, Monare, Makobela, Macuphu (Bamuza
Sono 83’), Mhone (Cheslyn Jampies 45’), Mashumba