Cape Town - Although Golden Arrows were favourites to win the clash,
they failed to match Maritzburg United as they lost their Absa Premiership tie
2-0 at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday night.
Clinton Larsen's men failed to stop United as Kurt Lentjies
and Mohamed Anas scored for the hosts to bag their third win in the league this
However, Abafana Bes'thende remain placed at number eight
with 28 points from 21 matches in the league, one point behind Orlando Pirates
who will face Jomo Cosmos on Saturday night.
On the other hand, the Team of Choice is still rooted at the
bottom of the log but have 15 points, one behind University of Pretoria from 21
Just after 10 minutes of action, Abafana Bes'thende played
good football and created their chance going forward but goalkeeper, Glenn
Verbauwhede, came out to collect Kudakwashe Mahachi's cross.
However, two minutes later the Team of Choice responded when
Philani Zulu tried a long range shot but goalkeeper Maxmillian Mbaeva was alert
to collect the ball.
After 25 minutes of action, Rodney Ramagalela showed a piece
of skill and nearly beat Verbauwhede on his near post when he first tricked two
United defenders before driving a powerful shot.
United continued to keep Arrows under pressure but they were
once again denied by the Namibian keeper who collected a well driven shot by
Rusike in the 30th minute.
The second stanza saw the hosts continuing to probe for an
opening goal but skipper, Lentjies couldn't control his shot and it went off
target in the 49th minute.
A minute later saw a chance for Arrows, but Verbauwhede
fisted Mahachi's shot at goal over the posts for a corner.
However, in the 57th minute, United grabbed the lead through
Lentjies when a shot by Deolin Mekoa was parried by Mbaeva back into play and
the skipper was unmarked in the box to easily finish.
Ernst Middendorp's men were revived by the goal as they
retained the ball well and Lentjies nearly made it two when his low shot went
so close on Mbaeva's left post.
In the 72nd minute, Anas received a great ball from the left
on a counter attack and he beat the oncoming Mbaeva with a low shot making it
With three minutes to go, the home team failed to make the
right decisions in the final third and wasted a chance to make it three.