Absa Premiership

Maritzburg move up to third

2014-12-05 22:02
Steve Komphela (Gallo)
Pietermaritzburg - Maritzburg United have moved up to third on the PSL table with a 0-0 draw against the University of Pretoria at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday night.
The point sees the Team of Choice on 21 points while Tuks moved up to 12th place with 14 points.
Maritzburg were the better side in the first half and had the first decent effort on goal in the 12th minute when Mondi Cele drove into the box from the right win, but fired into the side netting from 16-yards out.
The home side almost scored from a series of corners around the 20 minute mark. Thamsanqa Mhkize delivered both set-pieces with both ending in the same result, with both Thokozani Sekotlong and John Panstil heading inches wide.
Mkhize created a chance for himself in the 28th minute after some fine individual skill saw him into space roughly 22-yards out from goal, but his shot was brilliantly saved by the keeper.
In the 42nd minute Maritzburg came close to opening the scoring yet again, but the finishing in front of goal was poor as Nhlanhla Vilakazi fired over the target from just inside the box.
The second half saw Tuks come into the game a bit more when Thabo Mosadi played Atusaye Nyondo through on goal in the 49th minute, but he shot wide with just the keeper to beat.
Ten minutes later Mosadi had a shot on goal from distance himself, but he saw his effort well-saved.
In the 75th minute Tebogo Monyai met a corner-kick with a strong header, but his six-yard attempt shaved the wrong side of the Maritzburg post.
Ten minutes later Geoffrey Massa tried his luck from 35-yards out, but his thunderbolt was brilliantly turned around the post by the Maritzburg goalkeeper.
Neither side could find the winner as the game ended 0-0.
Maritzburg United: Vries, Mabaso, Banda, Paintsil, Hartog, Sekotlong, Cele, Vilakazi (Mandaza 61’), Awal, Anas (Lentjies 78’), Mkhize.
University of Pretoria: Arubi, Ngubane, Shoyisa, Monyai, Kekana, Mosadi, Ketjijere, Ntombayithethi, Mnyamane, Massa (Mukamba 85’), Nyondo.


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