Cape Town - Maritzburg United mounted a titanic
comeback as they scored two goals at the death to clinch a 2-2 draw
against Bloemfontein Celtic at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday night.
The first half was a one-sided affair as Maritzburg created several
good goal-scoring chances while Celtic failed to make any headway in the
hosts' defensive third of the pitch.
The Team of Choice started on the front foot and put together a well
worked team move in the fifth minute, but Gabriel Nyoni was unable to
direct his header on target after Pogiso Sanoka whipped the ball in
towards the back post.
They again went close to claiming the lead just four minutes later as
Thabiso Kutumela latched onto Micah Lea'alafa's flicked header before
smashing the ball against the post.
The hosts created two chances in quick succession around the
half-hour mark, Nyoni forcing a save from Celtic 'keeper Jackson
Mabokgwane before Jeremy Brockie fired narrowly wide just two minutes
later after meeting Keagan Buchanan's cross at the near post.
However, the scores would remain locked at 0-0 as Maritzburg failed
to find a way through in the remaining minutes, Celtic doing enough to
keep their clean sheet intact.
And Maritzburg were made to rue their wastefulness in front of goal
as Celtic bounced back with a much-improved performance after the
Celtic claimed the lead after just five minutes of play, Sera
Motebang slotting home after catching the defence flat-footed on the
Maritzburg, having made all three of their substitutions, were dealt a
major blow in their bid to draw level when Siyanda Xulu had to leave
the field of play after failing to recover from a clash of heads.
Celtic made full use of their numerical advantage as they stretched
further ahead in the 82nd minute, catching the hosts on the break once
again as Siphelele Luthuli added his name to the scoresheet.
But Maritzburg didn't allow their heads to drop and they clawed one
back just one minute later, Daylon Claasen earning a penalty before dusting
himself off and converting the spot-kick.
And, with the home support roaring them on, Maritzburg would draw
level in the third minute of injury time as Judas Moseamedi burst into
the danger area before firing a powerful effort into the top-right