Pietermaritzburg - Maritzburg United made use of their chances
in the second half to secure a 2-0 win over Chippa United in their Absa
Premiership encounter at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Two quick goals from Terrence Mandaza and Cuthbert Malajila were enough to secure maximum points for the home side after
the first half had failed to produce goals.
Both sides had chances to break the
deadlock in the opening stages but Welcome Qalanto sent his low shot wide in
the third minute, while Delron Buckley rattled the upright at the other end two
Qalanto continued to make his presence felt
and in the 22nd minute he managed to get a powerful header on target, but
Shu-aib Walters pulled off a great save to palm the ball over the crossbar.
The second part of the first half failed to
produce clear openings with Cuthbert Malajila firing wide in the 29th minute,
while Heinrich Isaacks blasted his effort over the target in the 42nd minute.
Brent Carelse almost benefitted from
individual brilliance five minutes into the second following his brilliant run
on the right, but Walters made the block at the near post to keep his effort
Two minutes later Sheppard forced Tashrique
Goldman into making a brilliant save with a curling free-kick which almost
squeezed into the top left corner, while Qalanto saw his lobbed effort going
just over the bar at the other end in the 68th minute.
The visitors then lost captain Mbulelo
Mabizela to injury with just over 20 minutes left on the clock and the Team of
Choice took full advantage as gaps appeared in the Chippa defence.
The opening goal arrived in the 76th minute
with Mandaza finishing from close range following a great run from Rheece Evans
on the right.
A minute later Mandaza turned from scorer
to creator as he played a well-weighted pass for Malajila to finish from inside
Qalanto should have pulled one goal back
for Chippa in the 84th minute but his bad day in front of goal continued as he
fired wide from eight yards out.