Absa Premiership

Maritzburg blitz AmaZayoni

2013-09-18 22:02
Mario Booysen (Gallo Images)
Pietermaritzburg - Two goals within the first 10 minutes of the match saw Maritzburg United to a 2-0 victory over Black Aces in the PSL on Wednesday night.


Early strikes from Ayanda Nkosi and Mario Booysen set the Team of Choice on the path to victory, and when AmaZayoni had a man sent off in the first half, the home side was able to cruise for the rest of the game.
Maritzburg got off to a flying start and opened the scoring in just the fourth minute of the match.

A simple long ball saw debutant Ayanda Nkosi spring the offside trap, hold off a challenge from Omar Hendricks and calmly finish past goalkeeper Bafana Nhlapo.
Just three minutes later the Team of Choice doubled their advantage. A cross was floated into the penalty area from a free kick and Mario Booysen got between two Aces defenders to power home a towering header.
On 14 minutes Nkosi almost scored a third goal for the hosts. A long diagonal ball sent striker Yakubu Mohammed free down the left, he in turn picked out a great cross to find Nkosi, but the youngster’s first-time shot was well saved by Nhlapo.
Ten minutes later Ofentse Nato almost pulled one back for AmaZayoni with a superbly struck long range effort, but Shu-Aib Walters showed his class in tipping the ball over the crossbar for a corner kick.
On the half hour mark things went from bad to worse for Aces.

The visitors seemed to be gaining a foothold in the game, but were suddenly reduced to 10 men when midfielder Sandile Zuke was shown a straight red card for a studs-up, two-footed challenge on Michael Morton.
Despite being a man down, Aces should have halved the deficit early in the second half. A corner kick was flicked-on at the near post and fell kindly for Eduardo Ferreira, but the Brazilian centre-back directed his close-range effort over the target.
Substitute Thabang Mathuka should have made it 3-0 with just over a quarter hour to play, as he found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper in the penalty area, but Nhlapo made a fine block to keep the score line respectable.
Maritzburg United
(2) 2 (Nkosi 4’, M. Booysen 7’)
MP Black Aces 0
Maritzburg United: Walters, Evans, Johannes, M. Booysen, Cloete, Mkhize, De Jongh, Morton (Awal 85’), Nkosi (Mandaza 64’), Hartog, Mohammed (Mathuka 54’)
Black Aces: Nhlapo, Mabaso, Ferreira, Mwanjale, Hendricks, Qalinge (Tukane 78’), Zuke, Zwane (Mtsweni 89’), Nato, Nale (Ngobeni 70’), Khenyeza


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