Absa Premiership

AmaZulu romp to easy win

2014-03-15 08:27
Bongani Ndulula (Gallo)

Pietermaritzburg - AmaZulu have struck three times in the second half, fighting back from a goal down to beat Maritzburg United 3-1 in their Premiership clash in Pietermaritzburg on Friday evening.

"We did well to come back and get three points," said AmaZulu coach Craig Rosslee.

"We played some good football and scored three well-deserved goals, so well done to the boys."

It was a frustrating first half for the visitors, who dominated the opening 45 minutes but went into the break 1-0 down.

Holding firm at the back, the hosts found the breakthrough in first-half injury time after Kurt Lentjies was brought down by Marc van Heerden in the area, and Lentjies converted from the penalty spot.

AmaZulu were finally rewarded for their attacking mindset five minutes after the interval when Goodman Dlamini was well set up by Larry Hoareb and scored the equaliser from close range.

Maritzburg nearly pulled one back shortly before the hour mark when Bhongolwethu Jayiya took a left-footed shot from 20 metres out that sailed centimetres over the crossbar.

And while the home side were able to create a few more opportunities in the final 30 minutes, AmaZulu stormed clear with Bongani Ndulula netting twice in the space of six minutes.

Ndulula first chipped in a clever pass from Dlamini with 20 minutes remaining, and soon afterwards he made a charge down the left flank before darting in, controlling the ball on the edge of the area and slipping a low strike past Maritzburg keeper Shuaib Walters.

AmaZulu climbed one place to seventh in the league standings, while Maritzburg were left in 13th position, though they remained six points clear of the relegation zone.

"We didn't come to the party tonight, and compliments to them (AmaZulu)," said Maritzburg coach Steve Komphela.

"They played well, although of their three goals, two of them came from our own mistakes."

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